The photographer came across this lion (Panthera leo) early one morning at the scene of another buffalo kill, which by all accounts took place the previous evening. The rest of the pride were resting after their feast, while this young male jealously kept guard over the carcass. Vultures and hyena were already on the scent of the kill. That facial hair appears messed from gorging in the cavity of the buffalo’s body.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 400mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Successful wildlife photography is all about capturing the moment. Good images evolve around the subject actually doing something, its actual interaction with its environment or even with the photographer, and the unusual. Two elements contribute to these successes: patience and anticipation; not to mention the good photographer’s propensity to keep shooting. This is the fun of wildlife work: coming home to review your shots, going through thousands of images, to come up with that abundantly exclusive picture.