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    Here's one of my photos from the Mara Triangle last week.
    Part of an absolutely epic morning which included amazing elephant interaction, brawling leopards, a lioness almost taking out those leopards while brawling, a hippo chasing a lioness, and a dusty crossing.
    This part of the morning drive was focused on some mating lions. The male however, was more interested in a herd of wildebeest that had moved into the marshy area south of them.
    Soon he got up, moved over to them with intent, eventually stalking, and squared off with a wildebeest who had ignorantly been rolling around in the mud, unaware of his approach!
    It didn't end well for the poor ungulate...

    Wildebeest spectators:
    "Is that Bob?"
    "Not sure man, looks like it could be Willie."
    "No, dude, that's gotta be Bob! He's always getting into trouble."
    "If that's Bob I will go first at the next crossing, dude!"

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    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 400mm f2.8G VR
    f5.6 | 1/1250 SS | ISO-2200
    Bit of a crop (approx 40% of original image), offroading is not allowed in this marshy area of the Triangle
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    Just a great story telling image here Morkel, very well done

    The Gnu spectators, along with that tail flick really make this image for me, having been to the marsh area here a few times, can understand the limitations and you've done well here with the crop quality.

    Keep em' coming

    TFS


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    HI Morkel -- This is a fantastic image -- The action in front of the spectators makes this one a special image , simply loved it ! The content is way too good and easily overcomes the crop quality .

    TFS !

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    Fabulous shot Mork! Loved the content and the write up. Cant wait to see more! The spectators and the action take this way up to the top!

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    Great timing Morkel, the way the lions mane is flowing is beautiful. It always makes me wonder why the wildebeest don't seem to flee in situations like this, but having them there really makes the shot.

    Mike

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    Super shot great timing, he is one big lion so I am not surprised the wildebeest bit the dust. The spectators really add to the image.

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