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Lion Confidence

Lion Confidence
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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm AF-G
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-22 9:30
Viewed: 5555
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The new generation is here. Regular viewers of my posts will know that the Mpayathutlwa lion pride in Mabuasehube in Botswana have been waiting for the day new cubs to join them. See my earlier postings and notes. I was there when they conceived, also when mother was away giving birth and last month I was back to welcome the new generation. Here one of them is looking out over the grass over which he can barely see in typical hunter fashion. And as I discovered with somewhat of a shock he has no-one other than daddy keeping a watchful eye over his off-spring. No wonder he is so full of confidence.
And it seems that the new youngsters - there are two of them - created a new naugthy approach to life within the pride. The night before these lions were within 50m of my campsite roaring and making such a noise that we could barely sleep (yes, also because of fear because the night belongs to the lions).
Early that morning they went into the camp next to ours (unfenced bush campsites) and really got up to mischief taring apart our neighbour's bags which he forgot to put away the previous night. One of the young males, the one yawning in my son Reinier (moemf)'s posting got up against their vehicle as the wife looked through a peephole of her tent and she looked directly into the eye of this (now) big lion.
They were quite traumatised, particularly as they were new to the African bush.
This is unfortuately my onloypicture of the new cubs as daddy and also mommy did not think it was a good idea to let me get too close and after the good rains he past summer the grass was so long that once they were further away than about 20ft you could no longer see them - another reason not to go wandering off alone in the bush.
I will go back later in the year and hopefully bring back some more pics. For now I hope you enjoy the old and the new generation.

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-22 10:43]

Well done, Nico. And I find the accompanying story very interesting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-22 13:56]

Hi Nico,

A nice note you wrote about the family,dad is watching closely and I would as well not approach to much,well done and hope to see more pictures in the future,


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-22 18:07]

Hi Nico, excellent shot and nice story. Well captured and I think you are wise not to get too close. i like the way that the cub is looking one way and the daddy is watching you. well captured and TFS.

Hi Nico,
This looks great with the father watching over the youngster. Nice light has given beautiful warm colors and tones. An excellent scene to soak in. Hope you get more great shots to update us with. Nice work!

Nice shot Nico,
I luv the content, with the picture telling a story..I envy your experience, camping out among them..NOT a zoo shot :)
Great work and Thank You!

Hello Nico.
This is a splendid shot with great colors and excellent detail.
Superb composition, POV and BG.
Regards and have a wonderful weekend.
Great history in your note. I wish I could have the chance to make a trip to Africa.
Regards and have a wonderful weekend.

now I must track down the pics by moemf!
I got here through the pics of Fransie!
wonderful wonderful story and pics! the note are very useful. TFS!

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