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Red in Tooth and Claw

Red in Tooth and Claw
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): some blood, but it's nature, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, The predator with the Prey 2, Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 9:15
Viewed: 6893
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of those shots which not everyone will like. The only thing I can say is that the lions didn't kill this giraffe - it was about 20 mins from the camp and it took about 10 hours for the lions to find it. The guides were pretty certain it fell over for some reason - the pressure of blood running to its brain would have killed it in seconds.

Conditions were not good - darkness was falling fast as I took this shot. I could have done much better today because this is a scanned slide and I was working with 100asa slide film.

The most amazing thing about the scene were the noises - the 'slip-slip-slip'sound as the lion gently pulled out the guts. He eventually beame possesive and chased the lioness off - she went to the head and started gnawing on one of the ears - it made an amazing racket!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-16 9:28]

Hi James,

It's a wonderful shot and a fact of nature. I always say that I could never be a nurse so I find it hard to look at this too closely. It is such a good picture with fine details that a quick glance showed it all.


Hi James,

Excellent capture of wildlife action. It may not be a beautiful sight but very real. Good composition, POV,lighting and sharp details.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-16 10:49]

Hi James.As you say not everyone will like this but its nature . The Lions will eat and live for another day. Good detail under the eve light.TFS.

Hi James,

It doesn't come more natural this this, and you did a great job considering the light wasn't great - photography's all about make the making the most of what you have in front of you. Gruesome and compelling at the same time. Great shot.


Hello James,
Special content and interesting note, James.

Owww... James this shot of course can not like to see by someone (even including me:D) but it is a reality and nature can be continue its maintainance with these relations, competition, an it is a fact of our beautiful world. Perfect action shot! Thnaks for sharing this my friend!


Hello James,
you are right, everybody dont like this scene, but this is rule of nature. you captured it with a great shot. great timing on feeding time. Thanks. best wishes

A once in a lifetime experience I am sure. Great shot. Thanks.

Tom Thruston

Gut-wrenching shot it is,James,literally and figuratively...
Simply superb work!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-16 19:05]

Hola James.
La ley de la vida. asi es esto en la naturaleza.
Fina imagen James.

Hello James,

Very good scanned picture, nice pov.
Beautiful natural colours too.
The real nature I love that.


To me there is no ill feeling viewing how animals take care of themselves in nature.
This is what makes photography interesting.
In my view it is not a sadistic feeling I get when taking the images of birds or animals eating their prey, but something out of the ordinary.
There is something about the colouring on this photo that gives it an intense look.
Nicely done.

C'est la dure loi de la nature !
Bonne journée.

Hello James, it doesn't come a lot more natural than this. This is a very good capture on your part with the two lions feeding. Good and timely shot, and good PP to convert it over.

Thanks, John

Hi James,
Raw nature at work..literally.
Wish we had more of these types of shots here on TN..
Great detail and POV of the action as well.

Hi James

Great stuff. I didn;t think lions took adult giraffe!!
Well composed with good sharpness and good conversion from slide to digital. What scanner dod you use?


hello James

this is a excellent shot of fact of the life of African animals,
i love the warm luminosity of the image, great sharpness and details,



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-17 8:36]

Hi James,
Great capture! I think you managed the exposure really well. TFS
All the best,

ah yes....cycles of nature...and the survival of the dominant species at times....yet sometimes death comes from unexpected. I had just learned yesterday that the vulture, which is not revered here in the US, is admired in India...I learn more every minute of every waking day....the prime instructive in a true Taoist warrior...."AWARE!"

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-17 10:00]

Hello James,
Very beautiful photo of the life on the savannas. Great light and, although it's a slide, very good details and colours.
And, Selous, was to me one of the most beautiful parks I've ever been.

Hi again James, superb action shot. I liked this. TFS. Regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 13:55]

Wow! What a shot, James!!
Very gruesome but I guess that's nature for you!
Excellent composition and POV.
Superb lighting too.

Well done and TFS!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-17 23:27]

Hello James,
survival of the fittest. Lovely note and superb composition. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-19 7:29]

Hello James

A very unique capture,part of the circle of life.
The shot is raw and wild.
Excellent focus and detail.
Very good colours.


Excellent capture of wildlife action.

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  • oveis (35)
  • [2010-01-04 11:11]

Hi mr Parker .
very good pic.

Hello James,
Rare to see pride feasting on a big animal like giraffe. I agree with what guide told you about drop in blood pressure and animal falling down. Apparently the lions look not strong enough to bring down such a giant unless any major phyical handicap with the prey. You were lucky to be there & shoot it from close quarters hearing slip, slip & slip as the intestines were pulled out! Thanks for sharing this National Geographic type photographic event on TN.
Regards: Dr Subhash Ranjan,MD

Ouch — remind me to not die in Tanzania!
Good point of view and decent exposure despite the falling light.

my God
very very good shot

Dear James, nothing is wasted in nature.

This is a great study of the survival of the fittest.
Thanks for sharing your work and I add your photo to my group "animals feeding"

Take care
Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam Limpopo), Soth Africa

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