This is one of the dominant males lions (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane), referred to by some as the Back Street Boys, with a range of females in the Mana Pools National Park. There is evidence of new males moving in from the east and one wonders how much longer this lion will be ruling over the girls of Mana. He had just taken a spotted hyena in a noisy fracas and was busy gorging himself on the carcass, while a fellow male lion lay nearby. Lions and hyenas are natural enemies that contest for food, often the carcass of a lion kill and frequently resulting in skirmishes between the two. Clearly the victim here was the hyena. It is unusual for a lion to feast on a hyena carcass, but evidently this is not the case here and the old boy was none too happy about having his picture taken.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x ; 1/800 sec; f/4; ISO 200; 280mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Martine Frank was a documentary and portrait photographer and second wife of none other than Henri Cartier-Bresson. She was a freelance photographer working for time-Life, Vogue and Sports Illustrated :
“I think everything can be painted because painting can change reality; but everything cannot be photographed and the photographer often comes home empty-handed, with images which (often) have a documentary interest, but which rarely go further than that. One has to be completely available, very tenacious and admit that many subjects wonít give any results… and a miracle sometimes happens, without warning. “
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