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Buffalo at the Waterhole, West Tsavo NP, Kenya. Africa.

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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

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Taken at West Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Africa.
There is a story behind these Buffalo at the water hole.
The evening before, we turned off on a side track to go down to a waterhole. As we turned a corner, I glanced to my left and spotted a Lioness walking down the hill towards us. I rattled off a few shots, then another Lioness appeared, then TWO male Lions ! The male Lions in Tsavo, are for some reason, maneless. (There are several theories as to why !) Things got even better, as half a dozen or so cubs appeared !! We watched enthralled until it got too dark, and resolved to return at first light the next morning.We did so, and the Lions were all there, lolling around just waiting for the sun to rise.
Soon after sunrise, the females, one male Lion, and all the cubs went further up the hill to find shade under the trees.The biggest male stayed behind, and we soon found out why. There was a large herd of Buffalo approaching, and the male Lion went to work defending his Pride. There were several challenges, dust billowing from their hooves, a lot of noise, but the Lion won ! I could not get any clear shots of this sadly, since there were several bushes in the way ! However, since the Buffalo were desperate to get to the water hole, they circled and came around behind us. WHAT an amazing sound and sight, I will never forget it !! They took their drink very quickly and were soon gone. We were both dazed at what we had just witnessed , it was as in a dream !
The water hole ? There were half a dozen Hippo’s lolling around just a few feet from us !!
Things don’t get much better than that !!
Camera model:Canon EOS 40D
Focal length:161 mm (Bigma lens.)
Max lens aperture:f/5.7
Exposure:1/350 at f/8
Exposure bias:-1/2 EV
ISO speed:ISO 400
RAW file processed in PS CS3.
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