Kunal D Shah

Camera: Canon EOS R3

Lens: 400mm

Aperture: f/10

Shutter speed: 1/2000

ISO: 1250

Description: Lion chasing hyenas away from food

Story from behind the lens: On the trail of a leopard, our attention was drawn to a frail-looking zebra, likely afflicted by illness rather than injury. We left the ailing zebra behind and continued to tracking the leopard.

A few hours later, our focus shifted to a solitary hyena ambling purposefully in the direction of the weakened zebra. Intrigued, we decided to tail the scavenger. It didn't take long for the hyena to discover the carcass, and it wasted no time indulging in its newfound feast. The commotion, with its distinct hissing and clamor, lured more hyenas to the scene, transforming it into a raucous feeding frenzy. Hyenas, notorious for their lack of subtlety while dining, were joined by circling vultures eager to partake in the unexpected banquet.

All this ruckus did not escape the notice of a massive male lion, presumably resting nearby. The reverberating noise prompted the lion to spring into action, sprinting eagerly towards the scene. His drooling anticipation betrayed his hunger as if he could already savor the forthcoming meal. Unfortunately for the salivating king, there was little left to claim by the time he arrived.