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    One major highlight of my Sept trip to Botswana was an amazing encounter between 2 lionesses and a mongoosse family.

    11.41am.
    We followed this pair for over 3 hours knowing their preference for daylight hunting. Thinking and hoping they were about to strike on a single drinking Giraffe, however with lions being big curious cats,
    the pair got distracted by a family of Banded Mongoose that panicked attempting to scramble to safety with mongoose scattering here there and everywhere, she struck out at a separated one striking a flattening blow,
    but somehow the fearless foe wrangled free managing a miraculous escape!

    It was such a thrill to witness this rare and exciting David v's Goliath moment that had a fortunate ending for all the family!

    Being F/F I make no apologies for the cut tail and having the amazing lightweight 500PF in my lap enabled me to grab a 5/6 frame sequence, having a bigger, heavier prime may not have seen me so fortunate to capture anything, as this sequence was all over in seconds.

    Bushman Plains/Okavango Delta- Botswana


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    Great timing, cool action.

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    Amazing moment, great reflexes! Maybe another round of sharpening would be an option?

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    A cracking image of a rare moment, you were so well-positioned!
    I agree with Chris - perhaps a hint more sharpening on the lion's head and the mongoose?
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    Very awesome interaction here. Like the story behind this.

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