The threat of rain and storm....

in the Botswana bush is a constant thing. At the end of the first day we ventured out along the deep wet dirt and clay trail, the truck grinding and winding and every so often dipping deep into mud. Out on where the flat land raises in a rise above, where woods trail off and a long, wide open prairie sits above a high grass marshland, we found two large male lions.They were not common to the Kwara area and not part of the "Five Brothers" we had come to search out and find... continued below...

 

 

 

   
They were marauders who wander and travel stalking and hunting prey. Since they are not as fast, or as refined a hunter as females in a pride, marauders form a coalition and hunt together. They usually hunt younger, more susceptible members of a herd, cape buffalo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, etc. We found them lying on the plain, looking out over the prairie, watching a herd of Zebra coming out of the east.
The sun was setting down behind them. I spent an intense time shooting images of one of brothers who had selected a small mound next to a large old tree, with sun setting behind him. The next day, we found them again and waited with them while they stalked a Giraffe family, their intense interest on a baby, six to eight months old. When they broke and charged the Giraffe family, after being spotted by an adolescent, we were off, the trucks lunging forward, jumping and hurdling across the prairie as we drove like mad men, all the while shooting rapid fire images of the chase.