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Why Lion hunt Buffalo

Why Lion hunt Buffalo
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 2, The predator with the Prey 2, Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-06 18:34
Viewed: 8636
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Young Lion Male
Panthera leo

In the Beginning, the Buffalo used to hunt and eat meat, and was the King of the Bush. All the other animals, including the Lion, feared Buffalo.

One day, Lion was sleeping under a tree when Buffalo walked past. Buffalo was just about to charge Lion, when Lion awoke and begged for mercy. "Please do not kill me," said Lion. "If you save my life, I will forever be indebted to you."

Buffalo was quite a lazy animal, and he could see a way to use Lion. "Fine," said Buffalo. "Every day you must catch me something to eat. Today I would like a tasty young Impala." So Lion went off and killed a young Impala, and brought it back to Buffalo, who devoured it hungrily. The next day, Buffalo ordered Lion to kill a Zebra. Again, Lion went off and found a Zebra, and watched the Buffalo eat the kill.

Every day, Buffalo ordered Lion to catch something. Soon, Buffalo's appetite began to grow, and he wanted more and more food, so Lion was kept very busy. Because Lion was out hunting for Buffalo all day, Lion's family were growing very hungry and weak. Lion was very worried, and one day asked Buffalo to let him go and hunt for food for his family instead. Buffalo was annoyed. "No you cannot," he replied. "You are indebted to me. Now go off and today I want you to kill one of every animal in the bush for me."

Lion was angry at the selfish, greedy Buffalo. "If that is your wish, then I will kill one of every animal - but starting with YOU!"

Lion killed Buffalo, and his family feasted for days on the fat carcass.

To this day, Buffalo have never eaten meat again, and also live in herds so that they can protect each other from the hungry Lion and his family.

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To naki: No you are not...gerhardt 2 08-09 02:56
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A stunning shot Gerhard, the light is fantastic.
Stunning detail, especially the blood on the nose.
Is she in the wild?
I love lions (probably because I'm a Leo ;-) ).
Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-06 18:44]
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Hello Gerhard, great shot. It's a fantastic feeding capture. The lighting is beautiful and a good composition. I love the pose of the lion - defensive of the catch. I reckon that your going to get some stick about the shadow on his head but it bothers me none as this is a very good TN shot...the lion is doing something interesting.

Good note too, I am reminded of the following;

The Authorities that be have issued a LION WARNING in the national parks. They're urging everyone to protect themselves by wearing bells and carrying pepper spray.
Campers should be alert for signs of fresh lion activity, and they should be able to tell the difference between baby lion dung and adult lion dung.

Baby lion dung is rather small and round. Sometimes you can see small mammal fur in it.

Adult lion dung has bells in it, and smells like pepper spray.


Great lighting and capture of the color detail and moments

Wow Gerhard.. amazing shot! The colors are wonderful and capturing this lion guarding his meal is fantastic. The details are superb and your note is very interesting reading. Thanks so much for sharing such an exceptional shot of real wild life. :-)

Hello Gerhard

Stunning shot. The pose of the lion is fantastic as the left paw has been turned in and gives me an indication that he is protecting his catch. The erect ears and the head turn makes me wonder if there is a danger in him being challenged for the catch. Does he sense something? The blood on the tip of the nose tells a tale. I find the light/shadow an interesting effect. Not sure if I find the shadow across the head disturbing or not.

Great note too.

Nicely composed with good clear details. Great work Gerhard. Thanks!

Hi Gerhard,
An excellent shot on this feeding lion. I like the light and shadows across the composition. It appears something else has his attention. Perhaps another lion that he does not want to share with?

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-06 21:49]

Hi Gerhard,
Stunning shot, excellent lighting, great clour.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-06 22:11]

Excellent catch, Gerhard.
Well done on this composition. The warm lighting on the lion is great. Nice chunk of meat.
Beautiful work.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-07 2:23]

Bonjour Gerhard, trés belle lumiére sur cet animal affamé !! Composition and colors are perfect, I hope you were away, what a glance !! TFS Didier.

very good photo my friend,
the light is hard, but I like that, the composition is well taken, the pov is nice and the dof is great, well Gerhard, you did a good job here,
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-07 4:39]

What an impressive lion that you have well captured ! I like the warm colors and light. Good details also. Interesting note. Thanks for sharing Gerhard.

Hello Gerhard. Cute ancedote about the lion and buffalo, I liked it. This is a well composed shot with very good details, sharpness, light and DOF...Love that messy mug, Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-07 4:46]

What a fantastic shot, Gerhard. Stunning POV of this young lion enjoying his meal. I like how the light falls on his face and highlights his wonderful expression. The details are so sharp we can see the brown spots on his tan fur, indicative of his youth. A breath-taking snapshot of life in the wild. TFS. : )
Thanks for the story as well. : )

Hello Gerhard,

wonderful wild shot, that is nature pure. The light is beautiful and the details too. Great job and TFS.



Great shot Gerhard,
Good detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and good colours. Good composition. Excellent DOF and framing. I'd love to one day get the opportunity to get shots like this, until then it'll be feeding time at the zoo!!
Well captured, thanks for posting.
Have a good week.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-07 15:14]

Hi Gerhard,

I love the note and the photo is very good aswell. Of course, there are some obvious flaws (the shade over the head of the Lion like Paul suggested, the grainy bg, the shade in the fg and the very light grass in the left lower corner) but that doesn't matter at all. This is an awesome wildlife capture and I guess we all here in the non-African countries can only dream to shoot pics like this. The defensive pose of the Lion is great and the way he looks is just marvelous. Well exposed too. This is great. Well done & TFS!


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-07 16:37]

A very nice shot Gerhard,
I love the lighting here.
The shadows are quite distracting,the one across the top of the head more so.
The colours are superb,nice detail too.
I've just seen a programme on TV,the buffalo were attacking the lions and killed 3 cubs.It was quite sad but thats nature for you...a revenge attack as the previous day the lions took a calf.
Nice work Gerhard and a great note too.


That's a very nice capture Gerhard, the light is great as is composition. Details are excellent and the shallow DOF work well with the lion caught between focus. The meal is defiantly a bonus. It would have been a better shot IMO without that shadow across the forehead, a very small nit. 7/10 Very nice work.


Very nice picture of this young lion. Looks like he's having a lot of fun with what he was fed by his keepers. He is in captivity, isn't he? I really like your note. Pity about the band of shade across its forehead, but that is just my personal opinion.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-08 2:31]

Hello Gerhard!
Very nice capture.POV,expression on face,details and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-08 4:03]

Great work here Gerhard! Another picture with heart and soul of real Africa. Bloody, with warm colours and light and great subject. Note is also excellent!

Hi Gerhard. Nice image but I measure your work against the high standard you have set with your past work. The shadows and the softness let the image down a lot. I think the 5.6 was not enough and maybe f/8 would have allowed focus from face to tail. The subject is interesting. Kind regards, Rob

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-08 14:25]
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Hello Gerhard;
I can guess how hard to shoot those small cats and it is most probable that they don't use their big claws for hand shake. It is a very documentary shot you showed us, but imagining you left your helmets somewhere out, want to say something about this shot.
I saw too many lion shots even while they are pooping. :) so those shadows are a bit distracting. I can not say any evil to your technic but I must say that your POV can be better IMO. and I want to see action. I'm just a spoiled guy by TV. so please forgive me :) You are there and you can to that.
I hope I am not going too far.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-09 6:25]

Hello Gerhard!
Very nice capture.Great composition and moment.
Thanks for posting...

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-10 2:20]

great shot and history! well presented and illustrated. tfs

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-10 4:00]

Sorry Gerhard, I have no time to write a proper comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-08-10 11:05]

Well I dont see any cameras lying around, so he must be chewing on something else. In this case I quite like the shadows because it is giving the shot more depth, sort of adding more layers (and making it more difficult to capture). The clarity is superb and I like the composition.

Pragtige skoot!

Great shot Gerhard, sorry but I cant look for nits, just enjoy the beautiful strenght of this photo and the educative note :D Breathtaking.
Thanks very much my friend.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-13 11:55]

Hi Gerhard,

This is a real good capture! We are happy to shoot a couple of flies or a seagull and you guys have the big five under the push button.
I realy enjoy your pictures of the rough wild life.
Keep on shooting (with the camera)



Beautiful light on his face and I'm glad you cropped out most of the gore! Amazing, stunning photo, thanks for sharing!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-15 15:58]

Great shot Gerhard, I have just seen something like this in the Zoo just the other day, instead of a Lion, it is a Tiger on feeding. Look like he is enjoying his food. I like the lighting in the shot, the composition and DOF is great too. Suppose I have lots to learn before I can pick on your shot! :P Well captured my friend, thanks for sharing. :)

An excellent shot, I like the light and shadows. The look on the lion's face and the bloody mouth really make the scene.
Funny note as well!

fiery capture. Chills the bone. Good capture.

WOW !!!!

Why did you wait so long to post this magnificent picture ;-)

Nice capture of this excellent food time moment

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-11 0:37]

Halo Gerhard,
Excellent captured and composition. Very storybook children note, but I know, a grown up sure know that it wasn't true. (off course) :))
But, still wonder, why lion hunt buffalo...?
Best regards from Indonesia

Dear Gerhard
Is this story from the series "when Hippo was hairy" ?

I love your story and the Lion's natural colors. I hate photo shopped images trying to be what they are not
This animal appears to be very relaxed despite having to protect it's kill from you.
Where in Kroonstad did you find this well fed animal? A game farm?
I am adding your photo to my theme "animals feeding"

Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam
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