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Dethroned Queen

Dethroned Queen
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, sigma 70-300 apo macro, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 5:04
Viewed: 3746
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not a good image, it was cloudy with rain and I cut off the tail to show the body more vividly, but I have posted this to show the effects of a paw that has been hurt. This lioness can probably not hunt due to the damaged left front paw. She will get weaker as time goes by and has probably been rejected by the pride.
We probably are saddened by this type of thing but this is what happens in nature and we cannot interfere.
This image was taken on the S100 road near Satara camp

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-16 5:49]

Hi Robin,

An indeed not so nice capture of a lioness in this conditions,but afterall its nature and these things happen as well,thanks for sharing this capture,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-16 6:42]

Hello Robin
Interesting capture, the king is hurt...well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-16 10:24]

merhaba robin
good capture of this cute cat while it was resting
i like pose, DOF and sharpness

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  • Recato (139)
  • [2009-02-16 14:06]

Well I like this photo. But this lion is a bit thin.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-17 13:53]

A shocking image, Robin!
This poor Lioness has seen better days.
Great, powerful image. I hope she recovered.


Hi Robin,
Interesting shot.
From what I saw on video, wounded lionesses are not rejected but leave the pride herselves. I'm not sure if it's always like this though.
It doesn't seem that one has any chance of survival.

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-07 8:29]

Hi Robin-

Exceptional capture (and matching exceptional note) of a scene that must be much more common than most of us want to admit. We pampered humans are so far removed from truly "wild" conditions that it is shocking to most of us when we confront this side of nature, even the "wildlife" photographers among us.

Any idea of her fate after you shot this? If you know more, I'm sure an addendum to your note would be appreciated by many viewers.


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