Satisfied lion

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 23 July 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Photographed in Chobe National Park, Botswana

On our second day on safari in Botswana we came across a pride of nine lions relaxing under the shade of a large tree. Based on the amount of meat left on a Cape Buffalo carcass our guide guessed that they had eaten a large meal the day prior when they brought the buffalo down. Full lions are lazy lions and this pride was perfectly happy sleeping under the tree. Our guide killed our engine and we sat in the jeep and enjoyed watching these beautiful creatures relax and interact with each other.

Pictured above is one of the female lions licking her lips. You can see four other female lions sleeping in this frame. The male lion was about 300 feet away, keeping an eye on his pride. If you look closely you'll notice that there are a lot of flies all over the lions.

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Olympus E-5
1/125 second
ISO 400
339 mm (35mm equiv.)

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