Monday, September 29, 2008

What You Don't Want to See When Walking

In between uploading new images I have been trying to work through some of the ones I have not checked yet and quite liked this little 'sequence'.

This is one of the Batia brothers, the two oldest lions in Madikwe. They were close to our lodge a week or so ago and after drive Grant and I went to get some images. It was overcast which gave us a nice diffused light to work with.

These boys are almost 16 years old and are getting kinda grumpy. As we approached this guys went into stalking mode but decided to get up to go and lay down behind a bush. All the time he kept a very close watch on us.

Here are the images I got as we came close in the vehicle. No, we were not on foot on this occasion just thought it would make a nice title!! :)

As we came closer he lifted his head to have a good look.

As we came closer he went into 'hunting' mode and dropped down.

Not wanting any part of this he moved behind some bushes, all the while keeping a close watch on us.

As we stopped the vehicle he got up once and gave a warning call. Pretty impressive for an old boy but unusual as we were well outside of his personal zone.

Zooming in on the other brother (no scar on left cheek) you can see how old he really is. They are absolute legends in Madikwe and their faces speak of years of experience.

Got some great images during the small time we spent with them!

Will be back soon with more.

As always I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time.



A New England Life said...

Beautiful pictures. Lions are so majestic yet their faces are filled with power and strength.

And yes, that face crouching in the bushes is definitely NOT something I would want to see if I were walking!

T and S said...

WOW...what a amazing sighting...your images seem to bring us close to the action...loved the last image.

You have a beautiful blog with fantastic images of the wild. Africa has always been my dream destination, hopefully I will make it someday in the near future

2sweetnsaxy said...

Such a majestic looking animal. The shots are as beautiful as this animal.