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The Domination Factor

The Domination Factor
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-19
Categories: Mammals, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 400, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Mammals of Southern Africa, Sexy nature, Felidae of the world: First series, Mating, The pictures more views, Lions, Mammals of Africa, !Loodzwaar, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 1, A study in Mammalogy (mammals) 1, Wild Cats, Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-23 14:31
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LionPanthera leo

Photographed at the dry Thoboti riverbed, ±1.5km north of Sikwezele mountain, in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

The continued saga of old "Scar Face". For the first part of this series, please refer to my previous posting that can be seen here.

**Note: Please view the workshop as well for a different view and additional information.

In the animal kingdom it is not always your enemies that might inflict injury upon you. When it comes to the mating game the female of many species plays the more aggressive or dominating role. Praying mantis and certain spiders, for example, will eat the male after or even during copulation. Although lionesses normally are submissive to the male, mating can at times still turn into a vicious ordeal. It is not uncommon for the one or the other to end up with some wound or injury. Maybe old Scar Face was not one of the most romantic studs around as he and his lovely lady did not see eye to eye during their mating process. She expressed her unwillingness or stubbornness on a number of occasions, during this marathon session.

It is estimated that for every lion cub that survives to yearling stage, lions could copulate up to 3 000 times. Lion mating is notoriously unsuccessful. Only 1 in 5 results in progeny. The actual mating process can last up to 4 days, during which couples mate 2.2 times/hour. Surprisingly, coalition partners hardly ever fight over mating rights. The first to reach a female in heat becomes her consort until he has had enough. As partners are usually equals, fighting would impair their ability to withstand takeover attempts. The only fighting would be to protect or to gain control over a pride
. /End.

Behaviour - (Continued from the previous posting.)
On reaching maturity, females may stay with their birth pride or leave as a group to form a new pride. Young males disperse from the birth pride and form coalitions until they are old enough to take over an existing pride. When new males drive away pride-holding males, they usually kill any younger cubs present. Most hunting is undertaken by the lionesses, at night and during the cooler daylight hours, but males usually take priority when feeding at a kill. Both males and females defend a pride territory. Some prides and solitary males may be nomadic. Territories are marked with urine, droppings, earth-scratching and their distinctive roaring. These calls are audible up to 5km. Pride home ranges vary from 26 to 220km square.

Medium to large mammals, including buffalo, giraffe, plains zebra and warthog, but mainly antelope species. Some prides specialize in hunting a particular species. Prey preferences vary from region to region. They will drive other predators from their kills and will readily scavenge.

There is no fixed breeding season, and 1-4 cubs are dropped after a gestation period of some 110 days.

Source: "Field Guide to the larger Mammals of Africa" by Chris & Tilde Stuart, Struik Publishers.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-23 14:35]

Looks like we both got the same subject going today. Ok my animals are a little smaller.
Excellent cpature, very sharp details and good colors. Great composition.

very sexy!!
its strange that the lion mates like this since its penis points backwards along with the testes..i supposed when its gorged with blood it changes direction...
ermmm..i have said enough!!
good note loot as well...
you can see why old scarface has the scars now..before mating the lioness with belt him a few times not allowing any proximity till she is ready..saw this in the ngorogoro crater...wild animals..wild antics.

That is one battered Lion... Good colour and detail, and a story well told.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-23 14:50]

Hi Loot,
Wonderful capture with good timing,
great soft lighting and perfect exposure,
and the framing is also very good.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Loot,

A fine capture, at the very right moment. It is like seeing the action and their emotions live.

Great work,

TFS, Kiran.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-23 15:10]

Hello Loot , Beautifule pose good timing ,lovely good colours sharpnes compositie ,thanks greeting Teunie .

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-23 16:02]

Hi Loot,
Excellent detail in this, great colours in Scarfaces mane. Does look like a painful process..

Excellent capture.He certainly looks battle worn.Seen this for myself out in Namibia,but was too far away to get any photos even with a 500mm :0(

Hi Loot,
great picture, full of action and emotions.
That guy got a sexy mane, and looking at the peaceful tails that couple seems to have good sex and live in harmony. Thanks for this lively shot! Best regards,

This animal looks a little worse for ware, but well taken and good notes.

Salut Loot
Excellente capture que cet accouplement de ce vieux lion avec cette lionne qie semble soumise . belle composition et les couleurs sont très belles
bravo ....JP

Fascinating and a bit scary moment captured here, Loot. I like the precision at which the timing was shot here.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-23 19:50]
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Loot, great title, amazing photo.

Excellent sharpness, composition and pov. I do enjoy lighting and saturation.

A natural and... sexy moment.


P.S.: I added your picture to a theme of mine.

Hello Loot,

Well, now that I have seen what you were leading up to, I wish I had worded my last critique, slightly differently.

The fact that I find amazing, is 3,000 times for one offspring, seems like really bad odds.

Any idea if this is the norm, or perhaps environmental influences that are causing this (re: low sperm counts)?

I wish I could say that your timining was perfect, I suppose that it was, however, from the notes you so generously provide, it appears that you could have gone out for dinner, watched a movie, and cut the lawn, then gone back and taken another few dozen shots ;-)

Either way, I think the results are quite well captured, nicely exposed (no pun), and well composed.

Thank you Loot for sharing it with us.

Have a great weekend!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-02 21:50]

La suite est hallucinante et instructive.

Bravo pour cet histoire interessante.

Merci Loot!


Wow, I wonder if I'll ever see this at whipsnade?! Great capture, it seems like you are standing about 10 feet away. Exposure is perfect and it's all nice and sharp.
Those scars! It's tough out there!

Excellent shot loot
Wild animals such as lions aren't usual to my country.Only in a Zoo but its very dificult.
Good timin and useful note

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-03-09 6:30]

Hey Loot,
wow you got a harsh shot here,
what a painfully furious look both possess,
great capture...
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

LOL, love your note on your workshop! Amazing capture, Loot, incredibly well seen although a bit naughty. Wonderful sharpness and POV.


P.S. Thanks for the links, they came through fine this time!

Hi Loot
Wat 'n agressiewe man!! ek sal ook maar stillê as my man met sulke tande op my spring!!

Hi Loot,

Well I just saw one similar image in the Better photography magazine published by Infomedia corp. India. May be the facial expression of the lion becomes more or less similar that of exhaustive diligence. very nice moment by the way.


Hello Loot

Dit lyk meer soos 'n tier vir plesier as 'n leeu wat wil skreeu. Jy was besonder gelukkig om hierdie paartjie te sien en af te neem. Min mense het dit al in die natuur waargeneem en kan net getuig dat hulle dit dalk op een of ander natuur program op TV gesien het.

Die foto self is puik en so ook die hele storielyn wat daarmee gepaard gaan. Dit sluit in jou eie wedervaring sowel as die interessante navorsing wat jy gedoen het. Goeie werk weereens.


Hi Loot,
Great well timed pic with sharp focus and good detail.The lions however well defined still blend in with their natural surroundings, Ive probable driven past a few in the parks without even noticing them.
I see old scar face even has war scars on his legs and body,being the female i wouldent argue with that one myself.Great shot,TFS

Loot, please allow me:

And that's why birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love

Cold Cape Cod clams, 'gainst their wish, do it
Even lazy jellyfish do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love

I've heard that lizards and frogs do it
Layin' on a rock
They say that roosters do it
With a doodle and cock

Some Argentines, without means do it
I hear even Boston beans do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love

Great action here; but seems to be more pain than "love"!
I'm not sure what that says,,,

tfs, Jay

PS Die foto self is puik en so ook die hele storielyn wat daarmee gepaard gaan.

Hi my dear friend Loot
At last I found your photo, which I was looking for my theme "animals' Sex Life."
Thanks for sharing, I have added it to the group.

The stories about lions' love making abound, but no doubt, it is true that they mate for hours. When my father, then 80 visited us, and having seen not one lion in Kruger, we took him to the Lions' Park near Johannesburg.. To his utter delight we encountered right across , blocking the road a mating couple.

It was terribly hot in the car, Dad used up one battery after battery for his video, we had the air con on full blast. And still the lions mated... We sat there for hours until the car's battery died. :-) as you would say chuckle, chuckle . It took some more hours to wave down a car - we could not exit ours - and just at closing time we were finally towed out.

I wonder, how many of his friends had to watch this video...?!?

What a great pity, that you have joined the great Exodus of TrekNature.

Take care,
Hugs from the Tzaneen Dam

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