Like a pussycat... by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.
Lion (Panthera leo), Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    anothger wonderful image

  • Thank you Steve & Lesley!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 4 years ago

    Fantastic mate…

  • Thanks Steve, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Alena Lazareva
    Alena Lazarevaover 4 years ago

    wow! This wonderful work!

  • Thank you very much Alena!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!

  • Thanks a lot Ken!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • pallyduck
    pallyduckover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture.

  • Thank you Pallyduck!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    Super shot! – John

  • Thanks a lot John!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Konstantinos!! Excellent image!!

  • Many thanks David, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 4 years ago

    PS, check out our latest challenge!

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Lisa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Wilderness somewhere ….”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thanks a lot Graham, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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