Sleeping beauty by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos


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Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and defecating. Intermittent bursts of activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating.
- We found this lioness sleeping, among three other females, on a very hot summer afternoon in Ngorongoro Crater.

Lioness (Panthera leo), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 190 mm, 1/500 sec at f/5, ISO 100
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BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 Competition
Category: Animal Behaviour / Mammals
Stage reached: Semi-Final

Featured in 5 groups:
“Quality Unlimited Photography”
“Amazing Wildlife”
“You Big Softy”
“Life in the City, Suburbs, or Bush”

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  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    Great Photo good luck in the challenge

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • bugboobunz
    bugboobunzabout 4 years ago

    she looks so very warm and cozy in the sun…..

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • My pleasure!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredabout 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Josie for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great work and well deserved

  • Thanks a lot Andrea!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Angela!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Mike!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    Out in the Field Collection
    November 16, 2011

  • Thanks a lot for the feature Darlene, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    Nice work Kostas
    and sooo human :-)

  • Thank you very much John!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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