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Lion in wait

Owed To Nature

Boston, United States

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Lion (Panthera leo) and Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), a classic interaction awaits in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park


This shot was a gift from the Camera Gods. We were watching a lioness on the left side of the road watching a lone wildebeest when she spooked it so that the wildebeest took off across the road to the right. She made a lame attempt to chase then proceeded to creep across the road and crouch in serious stalking position. Such a great posture so I took a picture of her in her huntress stance. That’s when the Camera Gods struck…

Little did we know that as we were watching this “set up,” the lioness’s subadult son had positioned himself in the grasses to the right. He seriously spooked the wildebeest into making an abrupt about-face to recross the road. Literally, right into his mother’s hands. I had no idea of any of this at the moment I hit the shutter release. It was only later, reviewing my shots, that I saw what my eye missed as the camera’s mirror blocked my view for a split second… there on the right edge of the frame, the wildebeest re-enters the scene just as this image was exposed at 6:22:26 PM.

At 6:22:27 PM, I took my next shot…


Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, 1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400



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