Lion Yawn

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This young male lion (Panthera leo) had been sleeping most of the day in a dried out pan just off main pool in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Before coming across the pride, the photographer had seen the remains of a huge hippopotamus, probably killed a few days prior, judging by the pungent smell, and evidently the work of predators. The pride rested up not too far from the kill, upwind, for the day. This lion roused himself from his slumber just before last light… ready for more food. Hunting was not on the agenda though… rather scavenging back on that hippopotamus. Indeed the pride move back to the hippopotamus carcase to feast for the night.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/125sec; ISO-340; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography