Angry Lioness



This lioness (Panthera leo) was extremely disturbed with the invasion of her space and had mock charged the photographer’s group shortly before the image was captured. After making her presence known, the reason became evident… three lion cubs. She then retired a few paces after the charge and then sat facing her ‘transgressors’, who, after a quick shot with the camera, retired slowly and backwards. The best photographs would have been of the cubs, but prudence dictated that discretion is the better part of valour. This same lioness was spotted the following year, with her toothless mother, without the cubs. They had, apparently, been the victims of hyena attacks. This was a light challenging shot…
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-800; 400mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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