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Counting Lions

Counting Lions
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 70-200 F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 3:52
Viewed: 4482
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Underway from Pretoriuskop to Satara restcamp a car stopped us and informed us a male lion was spotted resting under a tree near the mazithidam (it is quite often people have a chat underway and inform about each others sightings that day ),after reaching this dam we saw this Lion indeed resting under a tree near the dam,but as there were some nice birds to observe and photograph,we decided to stop first for this,after some time looking and photographing these birds in this dam,my mother spotted some lioncubs passing the road to the dam to lessen their thirst,lion after lion passsed the road an in total we saw 22 lions (13 cubs,5 female and 4 male Lions)in the next 15 to 20 minutes around this dam,we were parked in a first class position to observe this sighting and managed to make lots of captures and as well a video (which I will post probably in due time on my website),this picture I have made with my 70-200mm lens and is uncropped (to give an impression how close we were),after they have had their drink they crossed the road again and dissappeared again,as you can understand we were quite happy with this sighting and were very happy to be at the right place at the right time,although it is a quite busy road I guess that only 4 or 5 cars have had the chance to see this,hope you like it as well.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-01 6:21]

Hola Paul,
beautiful moment and great capture,
is not easy to see this scene,

*forgot to tell you, your web site is beautiful,
excellent presentation and quality work...

Hallo Paul,
Weer een fantastisch moment. Een dozijn leeuwen en nog een goede compositie erbij. Sorry, dertien:-)
Ik had er in een periode van 20 dagen nog geen 10 gezien. Het uitblijven van de regen dit jaar zal er wel voor iets tussen zitten.
Heb de plaats opgezocht en de Mazithi dam ligt iets ten noorden van Tshokwane maar toch nog een heel eind van Satara.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-01 10:13]

Hi Paul,
You should take pride in this pride. What a splendid scene you have captured superbly my friend. Thats a lot of kittys, thanks Paul.

Hi Paul, excellent shot of these huge cats. A funny and superb composition:). TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-01 13:02]

Hi Paul. You were so lucky to get so many at one time. and of all sizes. good detail and natural colours. well done tFS. good notes too.

Hi Paul,

A superb capture of these thirsty lions together with babies:) A lovely and perfect wildlife shot indeed.
TFS and have a nice Sunday.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-01 23:46]

Hi Paul.
Great scene and shooting distance is really fantastic. Superb framing, detail of the entire scene and nice natural colours. Your story (note) is so interesting too. My best wishes and TFS.

Hallo Paul,

Mooie plaat van de drinkende Leeuwen.
Ondergrond en leeuwen hebben bijna dezelfde kleur.
Goed van scherpte en veel detailering.
mooie waarneming (jaloers0


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-02 2:05]

Hello Paul,
A beautiful capture of this nice group of Lions. Very nice details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards siggi

Hello Paul

This is a terrific capture,a dream shot really but a nightmare for some prey who would accidentally come face to face with this lot.
The details are sharp,and it is well focused.
I love the way they all crowd around as a group.
You were definitely at the right place at the right time.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 23:19]

Wow, Paul... I do believe this is some kind of record!
I have never seen so many lions so close together ever.
All sizes too... and all but one totally intent on their drinking.
What a fantastic moment you have captured.
Congratulations and TFS. : )

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