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Lioness Stalking Kob

Lioness Stalking Kob
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2, West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-07 13:09
Viewed: 6407
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a member of the Panthera Leo Senegalensis subspecies of lion. It ranges from Senegal to Nigeria.

This may in fact be a male lion. The male lions in Pendjari do not have manes at all - the guide books said so, but when I saw a big male (I looked underneath) he had absolutely no male - just bulkier than the females. This is probably an adaptation to the habitat - tangled bushes etc.

Lions live for around 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continuous fighting with rival males greatly reduces their longevity.[5] They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. Lions are apex and keystone predators, although they will scavenge if the opportunity arises. While lions do not typically hunt humans selectively, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-07 13:10]

Wonderful capture this lion!
Very sharp details, great colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-07 13:29]

Hello James.
Nice portrait and well cropped. A very sharp picture.The facial expression the Lioness is liked by me.Good lighting.TFS
Best regards Siggi

hello James,
seems that you approached enough close, very interesting profile, with very good technical output, it's a very good photo of this beautiful animal!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-07 14:01]

Hello James,
Splendid close-up shot of this lion.
Details and composition are great.
TFS and G's,

Hi Bro James,

A superb portrait of this lovely and magnificent huge cat with curious glances:)
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-07 15:34]

Hi James

Very interesting notes MF. I never knew about this subspecies. Wow, the endlessness
of nature's ability to adapt. You dealt well with the late afternoon light coming from the
left with the potential to cast heavy shadows on the face of the lion and creating a big
difference in contrast with the highlighted areas on the animals shoulder and neck. But,
you coped excellently to maintain a balance in the exposure. Nice sharp details too.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-07 15:57]

Hello James,
Incredibly fine detail in this shot!! Love the close-up side viewing pose you managed to capture, as well as the wonderful DOF. Beautiful coloration and perfect exposure. Really like the semi blurred BG. A magnificent animal. Super work!!

hello James

great portrait photo of the Lioness, with fine POV,
fine focus sharpness and details, i love to see details
of the blurred background, TFS


Dear James
Very interesting reading about this lion that looks like a female but could in fact be a male. I made a big boo-boo yesterday when I critiqued a new member and mentioned the pretty lionesses and after all it was males. Never the less, the profile from the side gives the opportunity to see the extent of this lion’s strong facial structure and also show the size of the head to the shoulders. Details captured are sharp, especially the whiskers, both above the eyes and around the nose. All the whites in the image is lovely as it looks so clear as if it has been cleanly washed. A great image with much more qualities to appreciate than that t I have just mentioned. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-07 21:53]

Hello James
Nice portrait of this lioness resting...

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-08 15:56]

Hi James,
Very beautiful portrait of this lion.Sharpness,details,POV and framing are wonderful.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting..

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