What a sight as 126 kg of lithe feline muscle exploded into action against her yellow-billed harasser…
While the rest of her family was sleeping in the shade of a palm this lioness, the oldest female in her pride, was defending a hard-earned meal.
Was it her many years of experience and learning the consequences of an unguarded kill, or was she the only one still able to move after the others had completely stuffed themselves on the buffalo kill. Certainly, the carcass was attracting a lot of attention, especially from scavenging raptors.
I watched amusemed as the hooded vultures hopped closer and closer along the ground in full view of the lioness… were they brave or really stupid? When they got too close, she ran at them but nothing could deter them from trying their luck over and over and over again. While the vultures took their chances on the ground, a yellow-billed kite attempted to sneak a bite from the sky.
The pictures show what happens when you dare to compete against Africa’s largest carnivore! These photos were taken on a game drive from Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta.