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Lioness Afternoon Drink

1DX, 200-400 @ 243mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800

On the evening of the second day at Sandibe camp, we drive out looking for elephants.  After a couple of sightings we ran into this Lioness which the guides knew from before had just given birth to cubs a couple of days earlier.  We followed her hoping that when she approached her den, she would call out and encourage her cubs to come out and play.  She wandered for a bit, stopping to take drink right as the last rays of light were bathing her body (kudos to our guides for positioning us in anticipation of the drink) and then continued on.  We kept a far distance to avoid spooking her and noticed that she disappeared into a bush.  The guides speculated that it was where was keeping her cubs and that they were probably still too young to come out and play.  So no cubs, but a wonderful image of a lioness taking a drink, can't complain!

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