Lioness in the River Bed

After a long day, walking, cutting spoor and trying to find a pride of lion (Panthera leo) we eventually stumbled upon this lady, taking a late afternoon nap in the shade, in the comfort of a sandy, dried up river bed. To get close enough to photograph an old girl like this, one has to approach on one haunches, in itself a daunting and quite exhausting experience. Behind her were the rest of the pride on the edge of the river bed, basking in the late afternoon sun. This lady was the mother of the pride. She seems to have suffered an injury to her left eye, and is probably blinded in that eye. What the group did not realise, on approaching the old girl, was that the old boy was to their left hidden in a thicket, and very cross at the intrusion.
(Canon 7D; f/6.3; 1/400sec; ISO-400; 380mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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