THE INCREDIBLE FORCE OF RESPECT - THE LION  - *Panthera leo* by Magaret Meintjes

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Camera Nikon D50
Lens:Sigma 70-300mmD
1:4-5:6DG
Focal Length: 300mm
1/125 sec – F/5.6
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I always experience that incredible awareness, of the force of nature, and great respect, on first sight of a ‘lion’.

Captured location: ‘The Kruger National Park’, South Africa.
Lions are the largest of the African predators, the males can weigh up to 230kg.
The females are smaller and lighter. Only the male is maned and in very rare cases unmanned males have been recorded. The hair of the mane can be up to 18-20cm in length and is usually brown, but black-maned animals are also encountered as are extremely rare cases of melanistic (black) lions, which have not been recorded from our sub-region. Rare albinistic animals, commonly known as the “White Lions of Timbavati’, occur here.
These, the most sociable of the cats, form prides of 3 to 30 or more individuals, consisting of 1 dominant male, 1 dominant female, several adult males and females, sundry sub-adults and cubs.
Lionesses form the nucleus of the pride, which is rarely moved beyond its established range. When the other young males in the pride are perceived by the dominant male to be possible threat, it drives them away, when they either join other prides if permitted, or if old and strong enough, form their own pride. The dominant male frequently has two prides and also ranges far and wide. Cubs and very young lions are constantly in danger within the pride from irritable adults, particularly the dominant male, that will, with or without apparent provocation, sometimes lash out and maim or kill them.
Lions have a wide habitat tolerance, from desert conditions to fairly dense bush. They are absent from densely afforested areas. Because of their nomadic nature they are particularly vulnerable outside of conservation areas. Where there are unfenced reserves they will move beyond these safe havens after stock. This brings them into conflict with man and usually these errant lions will eventually be eliminated.
Lions are active at night, mainly around sunrise and early evenings. In the day they laze away the hours in the shade, or move sluggishly around. The nocturnal hunting is a combined effort to frighten and confuse the prey. The male gives a mighty roar, which is heard across great distances, but the female usually does the killing. In the case of small prey, a swipe from a powerful paw is sufficient to kill it. Larger prey are killed by having their necks twisted and broken by a powerful wrench between the lion’s forelegs and its jaws, which are clammed to the victim’s neck. Larger animals are also suffocated by a powerful grip across the larynx or the muzzle.
One to six, usually three to four, altricial cubs are produced. When the pregnant female is ready to give birth, she leaves the pride, to rejoin only when the cubs are 4 – 8 weeks old, returning only if the older cubs already in the pride has weaned and will not be a danger through competition for food to the new arrivals.
The birth rate among lions are fairly high, but so is the mortality rate. Loss is due to predation by such animals as hyaena, lack of sufficient food or death by misadventure in the paws of the other members of the pride.

Food: An extremely wide range of food is consumed. Virtually anything palatable that moves, even insects, mice and up the size scale to buffalo or even elephant – if the lions are lucky it would seem, however, that the wildebeest is the prime choice.

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

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Comments

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Well I sure respect him! Great capture~☺

  • Thanks so much Kimberly, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture here dear Mags!!!

  • Thank you so much sweetie, it’s coming onto our winterseason arrangements and I just don’t seem to get anything done on rb! take care dear vics xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    He is beautiful. Great timing. x

  • Thank you so much for your time and kind comment Lori, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Marie Strydom
    Marie Strydomover 4 years ago

    Magaret. Beautiful capture. What an expression

  • Thank you so much Marie, appreciate your visite, time and kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the great honor Ken, I appreciate it, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    A great capture of this magnificent beast!
    Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment Trish, I appreciate it, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergover 4 years ago

    Good One Mags! Powerful character.

  • Thank you sweet Paul, have you been galavanting somewhere, haven’t seen you for ages! take care sweet friend x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 4 years ago

    wow he looks very powerful… hes a Leo like me :) awesome shot

  • Thank you Lucina! Wow I am a Leo as well! 28 July and you?

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergover 4 years ago

    Been doing other stuff this last month – but I did get in some photo sessions .. not wildlife or aviation, just bicycles. Thanks Mags.

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    fantastically expressive capture ! awesome work and guess what i’m another leo too teehee… or should i say grrrrrreat!

  • Wow!! Thank you and great to know you are a leo as well! Stunning! Take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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