Old Scar Face

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A cross and drooling lion (Panthera leo) focused on the photographer. Old scar face here was not very happy with the presence of paparazzi, taking images of his girls on his turf. Posed in shade with dappled sunlight during the late part of the afternoon this was the culmination of a long walk looking for the pride. He made a noisy appearance and proceeded to stare us out… he was the man in charge of the ‘Spice Girls’ in Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Wild Dogs on the Hunt

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Wild dogs (Lycaon pictus – Shona: mhumhi; Ndebele: inganyana) commence their hunt during the early evening just off the Zambezi River flood plain.  This pack, has a unique member, a dog with floppy ears, leading the pack.  A vulture is aloft the pack (probably the Hooded Vulture), which shares a semi-symbiotic relationship with the pack, and is often seen standing or perching near the pack looking for feeding opportunities.  In the background is the escarpment sitting in Zambia, which often, during the evening, casts red lines across the dark horizon as bush fires burn uncontrolled through the hills.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/125sec; ISO-400; 105mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Lioness in the River Bed

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After a long day, trying to find a pride of lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) we eventually stumbled upon this lady, taking a late afternoon nap in the shade, in the comfort of a sandy, dried up river bed.  Behind her were the rest of the pride on the edge of the river bed, basking in the late afternoon sun.  She seems to have suffered an injury to her left eye, and is probably blinded in that eye. The old boy was to the left, hidden in a thicket, and very cross at the intrusion.
(Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM; f/6.3; 1/400sec; ISO-400; 360mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Hyena Stare

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This is another old image, already published, or the mythically hermaphroditic, spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) ‘sussing’ out the photographer. Male or female, one just does not know, unless they are obviously pregnant, or in a crowd where the females tend to dominate in size. These hunter, scavenger animals are generally shy. This beast was disturbed during the early hours, just as the sun was peeping over the horizon.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/50sec; ISO-500; 250mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Ant Heap Surprise

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This is a refresh of an image taken a few years back.  Mana Pools may deliver a few surprises now and again. One of them can be stumbling upon a pride of lions (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) behind an ant hill. This shot presents the diagonal of the ant hill with the lion alerted to a presence, and looking directly at the camera lens. While it may be reasonably well composed, technically, this is a bad shot. Taken in very poor light with incorrect settings, it was under exposed and not quite as sharp as it should be.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/80sec; ISO-800; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography