Janine Davis

Camera: Nikon D500

Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR Autofocus IF Lens {77}

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/640s

ISO: Not sure

Description: Mother lion nursing her cubs, and setting a clear boundary with the rest of her pride.

Story from behind the lens: A mother returned to her cubs from a night of hunting. She was ahead of the rest of her pride - there were about 5 other females and about 8 or 9 cubs of various ages. She settled in and her cubs came out to nurse. Slowly the rest of her pride arrived. The other cubs were a bit rambunctious, and she felt the need to clearly communicate for them to stay away/give them space. Not long after this, her cubs stopped nursing and they started to play with the older cubs.