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Old Oct 12, 2004, 3:17 AM   #1
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Thought it was time for something else than my usual bird posts.

During my recent visit to the Kruger National Park, South Africa, I came across this pride of 12 lions near Orpen Gate. They had killed a giraffe on the road the previous night. This is the second time I've seen them do this and it is suspected that they do this on purpose as the giraffe loses his footing on the tar and is thus easier to take down.

This pride is part of the Timbavati lions in whom the recessive white gene is still found, note the whitish colour of the male in the last post. Through selective breading white lions have been reintroduced in certain reserves where they existed in years gone by.


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Spent an amazing two days just watching them. Was waiting for the scavengers to arrive but they ate the giraffe to the bone and I had to leave for a more southern camp.

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Old Oct 12, 2004, 6:40 AM   #2
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absolutely wonderful shots
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Old Oct 12, 2004, 7:58 AM   #3
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Very nice photos, wish i was there.
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Old Oct 12, 2004, 10:02 AM   #4
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Very nice shots, like you see on discovery channel.
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 12:26 PM   #5
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Thanxfor the comments.

Its a bit more real than tv when you have to contend with an African midday sun of 42ÂșC and the smell that goes with such an event. Could still smell it a few days later if I left the windows of the car closed for a while. But definitely worth every moment. :-)
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 11:17 PM   #6
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Great photos; it took a brave fellow to shoot that second one with a steady cam. Those eyes seem to be getting more preoccupied with the camera person than the meat...scary stuff. I like the low contrast haze as well. To me it helps to emphasize the dusty and dry characterof the location.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 3:20 PM   #7
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The scariest one was actually the last one, as he was about 5 meters from my open car window staring at me. Sat very still, till he rolled over and I had a chance to change lenses. He was still very interested but seemed much more relaxed.
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I love the first one the best, but that second one also tells a story... "Don't even think about taking this meat away from me!!" You can almost see him thinking of jumping up and swatting away another lion who was coming after his meal.

Boy, last weekI was excited about getting a shot of a whitetail buck. It just can't compare. I need to get out of Wisconsin!!!!!




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Old Oct 23, 2004, 8:49 AM   #9
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Excellent Shots !

My favourite is the second one

Congratulations !!


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