Lioness and her CubSabi Sands, South Africa. Nov 2010Nikon D3x, 200-400mm, 1/800 @ f/4, ISO 400
Today was a mildly warm day, which is unusually cool for this time of the year, so we took advantage of the cooler weather by heading out of camp early to take advantage of the soft light overhead. We tracked a pride lions into the thick bush, and had a difficult time getting any clear shots of them. After an hour or so we only came away with a few useful images, however we loved watching this adult female track vultures overhead. She was quite attentive and wouldn't take her eyes off of them.
I enjoy photographing big cats when they look upward, as it opens up the shadows beneath their eyes, and it also shows that my subject is interested in something. Sleeping or lazy lions doesn't make for good photography, so one has to find other poses to help get good photos.