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Lions in the Kalahari, South Africa
Lens: Various Camera: KP and 645z Photo Location: Kalahari, South Afrika ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: TDvN57, 07-12-2018, 09:10 AM

These two male lion brothers have a pact to lead a large pride of females. Saw them at sunrise on patrol and the one is full of mischief, making surprise play attacks.

On patrol

Declaring sovereignty

Puzzled about our presence, although I did wonder if he was sizing us up

They met up with the rest of their pride and shared a drink

Checked out the females

And made sure the young males knew who was in charge. Made me feel like a day at the office :-) grovel for your paycheck. (Just kidding - or maybe not)

All is well and love thy brother

While mother is scoping out food for tomorrow

I used a 645z with 600mm A* lens on a gimbal and monopod, and a KP with 50-135 zoom handheld.
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These are all neat reminders of what must have been a neat experience.
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What an experience to be so close to such a spectacle .
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Great to see all those behaviours recorded - even if we do put our own interpretation on some of it. The fifth one is interesting. Just what is going through his mind? He seems to be trying to figure out just where this thing fits in to his world. "Is it edible?" is a question which might follow if he gets past the first stage.

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Wonderful series - must have been an amazing trip.
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Great job on the series.
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This is wonderful journey, thank you.
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A really nice series thanks for posting them.

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Love the 3rd picture the best. It provided a very nice presentation of the wildlife in their habitat.

With the jeep being so open, aren't you scared they would attack at any point?
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I am assuming this was Tswalu ? Did you have much use for a wider angle lens?
These are stunning !
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QuoteOriginally posted by phillydad Quote
I am assuming this was Tswalu ? Did you have much use for a wider angle lens?
These are stunning !
Was at Tswalu yes. My goto lens for wildlife on the z has always been the 150-300, but now I'm more comfortable with the 600mm on a monopod and gimbal, which I can move around in the jeep fairly easily. For fast action shots I used the KP with the 50-135. For sunset/sunrise shots I used the 25mm DFA on the z. I also have a 12mm for the KP, but can't remember using it on this trip.

We got fantastic shots of a meerkat family and I took the 80-160 on the z, but had to walk back to the jeep to change to the 150-300.
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Thank you for all the compliments and comments. Much appreciated.
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What a great series!
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Great lion series and story! TFS.

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