Image Series – Kalahari Love

We visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during the end of May and the beginning of June 2012. We did not have as many lion sightings in comparison with the previous year, but we found these two lovers between the Melkvlei- and Gunong waterholes, right next to the road.
There are a few animals more impressive and majestic than a black maned kalahari lion at close range! I had my trusty Canon 7D and 500mm F4 L lens at hand and stayed with the two lovers for a full hour between 09:00 and 10:00 than morning, keeping in the mind that the park gates only opened at 07:30, shortly after sunrise during the winter. During that time the couple mated about 5 times, after brief resting periods of grooming and sleeping.
The couple was very “shy” and most of the time they were obscured by the long grass. In retrospect, I should also have opted for my 100-400mm lens, as they were too close for many frames.
I have decided to post most of the images on the blog, to share this amazing experience with you. You can view a selection of the “better” images on THE WEBSITE.
Well, they say an image speaks a thousand words, so here is a whole mouth full…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments
  • Morkel ErasmusFebruary 6, 2013 - 20:12 - Lovely set of images mate! Looks a lot like the current king of Kij Kij? Although there is at least one more pride between Kij Kij and Melkvlei…ReplyCancel

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