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Male Lion Lying Under Tree

Lions, including male lions, are most active at night, when they do the majority of their hunting. During the day they sleep most the time, usually under shady trees. This behavior is not great for lion photography, particularly when there's heavy contrast between the sunlight and shade.

Male lion relaxing under tree, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana Caption: Male lion (Panthera leo) resting in the shade under a tree, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS Elan film camera fitted with Canon EF 80-200mm F/2.8L lens, using slide film scanned on a Nikon Coolscan V scanner.

Location: Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, which covers more than 4,000 km2, combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. But it is the floodplains of the Okavango Delta, one of the worldÂ’s largest inland water systems, that have made this reserve world-renowned.

Moremi is best visited in the dry season and game viewing is at its peak from July to October, when seasonal pans dry up and the wildlife concentrates on the permanent water. It is then that the wide variety of wildlife - elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and a full range of antelope - is most accessible to visitors.

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