Olympus E520, 1/6, f5.6, ISO 400
I came across this hyena (Crocuta crocuta), moments before reaching camp just as the last light was fading. It just suddenly appeared, loping along the roadside and disappearing into the gathering darkness. It was a snap shot panning with a 600mm lens with almost no light left to the day. The photo connects for me because it is so much like the Hyena – loping along with their characteristic gait into the darkness, appearing and disappearing like a ghost.
Later that evening, my neighbors in the next tent experienced a Hyena stepping into the fire light, casually strolling between them and their cooking supper on the barbeque, not 3 meters away!
Hluhluwe Reserve, South Africa