Late in the evening the animals leave the park in groups to safely rest. Early in the morning as the sun rises they return to the park in endless lines and clouds of dust. It is like the symphony entering the stage and finding their places for the performance.
The guides keep in touch and alert each other to must sees. Our first today was the take down of a young wildebeest by a pair of hyenas. Nature is cruel. The other wildebeest did nothing to protect the young one, they backed off relieved that they were safe. Hyenas are merciless killers, they did not do a quick kill. They ripped at the victims legs while it struggled and screamed. Soon the hyenas sensed danger and backed away as a mother lion and her cubs ran into the scene. The mother lion stood by as one of her seven Cubs rolled the victim over and put it out of it’s misery. All the Cubs moved in and began eating. The mother took the heart and liver and stood guard as the Cubs ate… Soon the scene changed again. A herd of Cape buffalo ran in to scare off the lions. One cub managed to drag away part of the carcass. The hyenas ran in an quickly grabbed what they could. Soon the area regained peace. Later the Hawks and other carnivores will pick up the remains scraps.
Later in the morning we saw two
large, full maned lions.
Linda, these photos are SPECTACULAR!!!! Susan
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I agree with Susan and really, really love the last one on this page, incredible light and shadow.
The last shot with herd and trees and sunset (?) is a prize winner.
Wow great action shots! You really captured “a day in a life”.