Cubs on the Trot


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It is always a delight to see lion cubs(Panthera leo), even if during those fleeting opportunity moments. This part of the pride appears to have been in transit between a kill the previous evening and their intended resting place for the day. The two cubs in the image look to be a couple of years old now. Lion cubs are raised entirely by the mother lioness, which gives birth in hidden lairs away from the main pride. Cubs are frequently left alone, hidden in thickets, for as much as 24 hours while the mother hunts and feeds with the rest of the pride. Lion cubs remain with the maternal pride longer than most other cats, and it is only when the cub is near 18 months of age that it begins to fend mostly for itself.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/4; 1/1000sec; ISO-200; 280mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Where possible change perspective and experiment with your photographic opportunity. People on Safari may well be limited to the confines of a vehicle, but where you can, attempt to move away from addressing your subject at the same level. Attempt to reduce your camera level (to ground level if possible, especially with small subjects) or increase the camera’s elevation, by standing and holding it high. Lateral movement around the subject may be restricted too, but if you can take the shot from a different angle, then do it.

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