Monday, May 23, 2011

Lions in Kruger

Lionesses Hunting

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Three Lions on the other side of the river

We were told that there were three lions on the river bank down a small trail off the main road. We went down and there we spotted the three lionesses on the river bank across from us. When they moved out and we lost them in the ravine below we guessed that they might reappear further down the river at a nearby culvert.

We drove there and waited and then spotted them crossing to the near side.

Then we moved to the knoll where we expected them next and were rewarded when they crossed the road a few feet from our stopped car.

They were stalking some baboons and paid us little attention.

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Lioness goes hunting

Two Lions

Lions On Patrol

Leader waits for the Baboons to make a move

Mating Pair

We could have missed these two (the lioness is lying to the right of the male); they were hard to spot in the forest, but another car was stopped so we did too and we were rewarded with these views. The shooting was marginal due to the heavy shade and the early hour (it was 07:00) and we waited to see if anything would change. The pair hardly budged (except the lion layed down, see last shot) and the light didn't change in an hour so we moved on.

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