ann aveyard

Camera: canon r5

Lens: canon rf 100-500 F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Aperture: f7.1

Shutter speed: 1/640

ISO: 800

Description: Logol and Halftail, the two Marsh Pride males, snatch a buffalo calf.

Story from behind the lens: Early one morning we had only driven a few miles from camp when we spotted a couple of jeeps stopped just ahead of us. To our delight we could see the two Marsh Pride male lions, Logol and Halftail. The scene in front of us was of Logol and Halftail sitting watching a buffalo. Looking through binoculars we could see there was a very small calf lying in the grass.

This small calf was dead; whether it was killed by the lions, another predator or died of natural causes, we do not know for sure but suspect it was killed by the lions and then they were chased off by the mother buffalo. The pair of lions looked tired so this scenario had obviously been going on for some time. We sat, watched and waited to see what would happen next.

Approximately 35 minutes later Logol and Halftail made a move; they slowly circled the buffalo. And then Logol made a grab for the calf; it all happened in the blink of an eye. The buffalo wasn't willing to give her calf up and gave chase; after a few yards Logol dropped the calf. The lions just had to sit it out and wait for the buffalo to leave her calf.