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Twins that is the question

Twins that is the question
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-05 7:13
Viewed: 4058
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We were on our way to Satara and we were told that there was a male lion lying under a tree near the dam.
When we came over there, we saw also all kinds of waterbirds and after a short while a whole family of lions came to the dam to drink, totally twentytwo.
Never seen before, here you see two cute babies.

Thanks for looking

Lions are carnivorous mammals that live within a strict hierarchy. Males are the dominant gender and although the females are the hunters, females and their cubs are the last to feast. Lions are the ultimate predator and play a big role in the decline in the Cheetah and Wild Dog population.

Why are Lion so aggressive at kills?
The best answer to this question would be that the most aggressive animal will win and survive. When more than one Lion is present at a kill, the aggression and noise will rise. Although the Lion might be related to one another, sharing is not an option. Aggressive fights are sometimes the result of a Lion trying to steal left overs.

Can Lion climb trees?
Yes. Lion use the height of trees to catch a breeze, search for prey and to avoid hyaenas. They might even use a tree to avoid flies. Lion lack the grace, skill and balance of a leopard and usually just fall out of the tree.

Why do Lion have manes?
The mane is an immediate sign of sexual dimorphism (indicates which gender) as the males are the only ones that possess them. It has been discovered that the darker and bigger the mane, the more dominant the male. The females seem to prefer these individuals when they are in oestrous. The mane is also a means of protection to the face and neck during fights between male lions.

Where are they found?
Lion are found particularly in open woodlands of central Kruger around Satara, also around Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-05 11:53]

Ha Viv,

A fine capture of this 2 youngsters in the mud,well composed with nice colors and good focus,thanks for sharing


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-05 11:59]

Hi Vivian,
Lovely scane.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent POV,details and timing.
Thanks for posting.

Lovely twins in perfect concordance with the environment colour-wise Vivian, your POV and framing were perfect, so was the exposure, TFS indeed my friend.

  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-06 3:56]

A beautiful picture, as otherwise all your pictures.
Congratulations and ... waiting and other pictures.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-03-07 6:37]

Hallo Vivian . Prachtige foto mooie compositie ,die ene houd je in de gaten . .fijn weekend teunie .

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-10 15:16]

Nice timing. Very interesting shot. Gary

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