Buffalo Laager

Buffalo Lager_2012_09_05_6359_768x474Two buffalo (Syncerus caffer) seem to be laagered in by the surrounding herd while taking a rest. Buffalo are grazers and have adapted to grazing on taller grasses utilising their tongues and incisors for this purpose. They are also know to browse, when pastures are scarce, and may consume up to 15% of their body weight in food each day. The buffalo is considered one of the more dangerous species in the wild and yet are fair game for large predators, such as lions. There are often encounters between buffalo and lions and the lions do not come off best every time, particularly when they become victims of a mobbing defence attack, which is often fatal for the predator. Buffalo are also capable of outrunning lions.
(Canon 7D; f/9.5; 1/90sec; ISO-200; 210mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography