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29 September 2009 @ 06:01 pm
Lions  
I guess lions need no introduction. Everyone who goes to Africa for wildlife viewing has them on their list of must-see animals I guess. The guide almost laughed when I first asked him if we'd see lions on the safari. Only after a few days in the Serengeti did I realize why he laughed because lions seemed to be everywhere. We saw lions sitting, standing, eating, drinking, sleeping, stalking, hunting (a failed hunt), and even mating. I never had luck with the light for photography on the whole trip, but I feel fortunate enough to have seen lions and other magnificent creatures in the Serengeti.











Trees are scare on the plains which means they serve as thrones for the masters of the plains







Under a tree by the roadside







Prime rib feast







Mating







Lion crossing







Drinking water







A lion at Tarangire







Opportunistic stalking. A waterbuck moved too close to a sleeping lion without knowing about the lion's presence







The lion got distracted in the last minute and tried to go after one which was further away than the one that was close. It was not really a honest attempt but more like a "Go away or I'll catch you" kinda thing.







They come that close to vehicles...







A lone lioness lying in the grass without being discovered by the elephant herd in the background







Lioness and cubs. The lioness had just killed and was taking her cubs to the kill. A lone Cape Buffalo looks at the family on its way to the feast.






Three bachelor males



 
 
 
Mel: Heronkendokamel on September 30th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Awesome!