Lions enjoy their rest
Lions are reputed to sleep or rest for about 20 hours a day, so you'll often find them lying prone under a
shady bush, particularly after they've gorged themselves following a kill.
Much of their hunting is done at night and this makes it all the more difficult to get lion images that
crackle and sparkle with life.
There's always action when a lion pride brings down a large mammal like a buffalo or giraffe as the lions scramble to
get their share, with plenty of growling and snarling as the adults jostle for position.
However, once they've eaten their fill, they invariably retreat to a shady spot, only
stirring when hyenas, jackals, and vultures attempt to grab the remains of the carcass.
As in all nature photography, patience is necessary and eventually, if you wait long enough, there'll be some movement - maybe just a lift of the head
or change of body position - that will allow a couple of quick shots.
Of course, if you're in a game-viewing vehicle with impatient companions, this may not be possible.
But maintain your good humour and trust that a considerate attitude will be repaid on the next drive.
Your reward could well be sequence of memorable lion images from your African safari that will be the envy of those back home.
If you prefer, you can view images from the lion gallleries as a Slideshow.
Should you want to find out more about lions,
then please have a look at our Lion Information or Lion Facts.
See also Lion Pictures Pg 3
Or return to Wildlife Galleries