A lioness (Panthera leo) sits observing a distant hyena stiffing around in the distance, after picking up the scent of a kill, during the early morning while other members of the pride pick at the remains of a buffalo carcass close by. This image was taken in Mana Pools National Park. Some years back the photographer was told that the white edging beneath the eyes of this basically nocturnal hunter actually serves a purpose, reflecting limited light to the retina at night, apparently. This observation may make sense, but has never been confirmed in reference works to hand.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/100sec; ISO-640; 370mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Sometimes, the better shots of animals and birds are taken when the camera is at the same level as the subject’s eyes. This will often mean getting your camera down towards ground level. This may be difficult where one is restricted to your vehicle, and clearly is no easy task when photographing small skittish animals. The resultant image gives a stronger connection between the viewer and the subject.