An elderly lioness (Panthera leo) assisting another female in the pride to protect her two cubs. This is the lioness with the black eye, bush mascara around the one eye (probably an old injury), and part of the lady pride known to some as the “Spice Girls”. The two females had separated from the main pride and had been moving towards a spot to lay-up with the cubs for the day when encountered. It would seem they had not fed the night before. This was a tense moment for both lioness and photographer.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/11; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 300mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Never ever believe you are invincible in the face of wild animals in the bush and be absolutely sure you are accompanied by a professional and seasoned guide when dealing with dangerous animals in what could be a potentially fatal environment. Camera shake is especially evident in this type of photography… set that exposure to a very fast shutter speed. This image was taken at too slow a shutter speed. Constantly review your camera settings for those expected opportunities.
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