Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Early morning in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (in the Kalahari). Three lions striding purposefully forward, towards a herd of Wildebeest.  To select their next meal.

Lions in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

As it turned out the Wildebeest were quickly on to the lions (they weren’t being very sneaky about it!), and made an escape.

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19 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward”

  1. February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Kitties! Sorry, I always root for the lions in these situations.

    • February 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Yeah, so do I! 🙂 I love cats of all sizes – they’re just such fascinating creatures.

    • February 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      So do I, Laura! 🙂 Particularly if they have hungry little ones waiting ‘back home’ for that extra awww factor.

  2. February 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Beautiful.

  3. February 26, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    It’s great to watch animals doing their ‘thing’. And one up to the Wildebeest, that probably does not happen too often. Great image for this weeks challenge, I can’t imagine a pack of lions ever going backwards.

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks! Yes, I find it more interesting to watch and photograph animals when they’re busy doing something. I’m not sure that it was a serious hunt. I wondered whether it was a training session – the two female lions teaching the younger male.

  4. Eha
    February 26, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Love the photo but am not necessarily on the side of the ‘kitties’: I guess it is survival of the fittest out in the field and if the wildebeest had the nous to ‘get lost’ in time I’ll clap for them too 🙂 !

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      When you are out in the bush – especially somewhere as arid as the Kalahari – you realise just how tough life is. Every day is a matter of life or death. Although the predators are at the top of the food chain, they can quickly become victims if they get injured or sick. And the young/baby predators are always at risk.

  5. February 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Love this take on the theme!

    • February 27, 2013 at 4:55 am #

      Thank you! 🙂 For most of the photo challenges, I’ve tried to show an African look at the theme.

  6. February 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    The big cats are so impressive! They blend in so perfectly with the environment, though they don’t seem to be using it to their advantage here, but it made for a fantastic photo!

    • February 27, 2013 at 4:54 am #

      You don’t realise in a photo like this, just how big lions are in real life. They’re BIG! I loved how confidently they were striding through the grass. As I said to Paul above, I don’t think this was a serious hunt. Think the two females were training the young male lion – perhaps in what NOT to do?! 🙂

      • February 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

        That’s so interesting that the lions do “practice training runs!” I never thought about that before – how else would the younger lions learn?

      • February 28, 2013 at 6:03 am #

        Last time we were in the Kalahari, we saw a mother leopard also teaching her cub. Wrote about that here: http://wp.me/pYuZP-1f4

  7. March 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    What a superb photo! I’ll bet you thought you were in for some action there! Pity the lions were so blasé about it all!

    • March 10, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Although the lions were downwind from the wildebeest, it was really too open there for the lions to sneak up on them. We sat and watched for quite a while, until the wildebeest ran off, and then lions finally gave up.

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