Lion Cubs PlayingThis sequence of lion cub photos was taken in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Although still very young - possibly around six to eight weeks old - these baby lions were already using play time to practise and hone their hunting skills.
As can be seen in the pictures, the one cub was much keener than its sibling to romp - hence the tongue-in-cheek captions!
Look at her! Getting ready to pose for the cameras again and all I want to do is play
We'll see about that .... I'm coming to get you!
C'mon, forget about the silly tourists and their fancy cameras, let's play-fight
This'll spoil your posing .... maybe a bit of provocation will get you going
Don't tell me to go away and leave you alone ...
See how you like this!
You're so hopeless, there you go posing for the cameras again
There's only one thing left to do ....
And that's to climb all over you ...
And give you a good nip on the rump
Followed by one on the neck for good measure!
No way ... you're not escaping that easily
Oh all right ... I give up. This exertion has made me thirsty
Let's go see Mom for some sustenance
All the photographs were taken with an entry-level DSLR, the Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) and an old zoom lens, the Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L (also known as the "magic drainpipe). Focal length was 200mm, aperture ranged from f/2.8 to f/4 using aperture priority. This allowed a shutter speed from 1/160 to 1/320 at ISO 400.
© Scotch Macaskill, www.wildlife-pictures-online.com
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