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This herd of giraffe were no more than 25 yards from where one of their number had been killed by lions. Whilst the lions were eating, the giraffes just stood there watching and would every so often lower their heads, as if they were paying homage to a lost friend. Every so often they started to charge, in unison, as if to vent their anger on the eating lions but sense prevailed and they stopped. Lionesses were wandering around but had full bellies, so were not interested in the giraffes.

We watched them for some time and it was a very moving sight.

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Date Taken:15 Aug 2012 - 2:50 PM
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Title:My most moving and sad set of images
Username:lonely_oryx lonely_oryx
Uploaded:27 Aug 2012 - 9:12 PM
Tags:Giraffe, Kill, Lion, Wildlife / nature
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:17 PM

Welcome back Smile
Nature in the raw here - well captured John, but naturally distressing to watch
v5 is very beautiful - looks like a very detailed painting SmileSmile
Helen

Last Modified By helenlinda at 27 Aug 2012 - 9:21 PM
Curtain
Curtain e2 Member 6Curtain vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:23 PM

I visited Kenya in 86 and was stunned by the gracefulness of these wonderful animals. It's such a shame to see one suffer and die, but as Helen says, 'nature in the raw'. A good series of shots - well caught.
Nick

EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:24 PM

Good reportage in this fine set. I believe Giraffes are perfectly capeable of killing any Lion with one kick of their front feet, breaking the Lion's back so perhaps the one your Lions dined on had been sickly? An altogether amazing series.

Ann

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:35 PM

V4 I think but MY what a priviledgeSmile

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7396 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:45 PM

Strange that the giraffes were so calm, I guess they know that, having fed, the lions won't kill again for a while. Good reportage, nature red in tooth and claw. And good to see you around again.
Moira

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:53 PM

As stated John, nature ( watched a lioness take down a Giraffe whilst it was drinking from the Rhuaha river ) They are so powerful. Superb set of images.
Ron.

buxton
buxton  6 England
27 Aug 2012 - 10:03 PM

Excellent set of images.
Martin..

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
27 Aug 2012 - 10:07 PM

Excellent reportage John, super set of images,
Fred.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 10:40 PM

Welcome back, John, hope all is well. What an amazing sequence. Harsh, sad, but the circle of life.

Dave

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 5:42 AM

Certainly a sad set of images, John, but everyone has the right to eat, including the lions, a well captured sequence. Good to see you back again Smile Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 28 Aug 2012 - 5:42 AM
JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
28 Aug 2012 - 8:10 AM

Great + interesting reportage + beautiful photos of those graceful animals.
JNC

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 8:24 AM

unbelievable......
life goes on

alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 9:16 AM

An excellent set of images. That's life in the wild of course. Only minor point is that you should colour balance them - there are a couple that look a little odd.
Alan

crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6685 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 1:22 PM

Super images, v2 for me with that lovely light, although I would probably crop about 50% of the foreground. It's good to see you posting again.
Sandra

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 3:43 PM

A very fine set of images, John, even though a sad end to one of the giraffes.
Trev Smile

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
28 Aug 2012 - 10:09 PM

Welcome back John.
That's life in the wild, I guess. Not always cute and cuddly little animals. Excellent set of shots. Moira

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Sep 2012 - 4:05 AM

incredible set...
superb

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 4:18 PM

Welcome back John! What a sad sequence - but it is life in Africa. Giraffes appear, like many African animals, to be extremely intelligent and sensitive. A super set taking us to the heart of the wonderful continent of Africa! Smile
Ann

gingerdelight

Sad and very moving, but that's nature, and you have captured it to perfection in this series of images.
Carol

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2012 - 9:22 PM

Welcome back John.excellent nature images,even if they are sad nature is cruel..Lin

raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 - 5:27 PM

fantastic set,well captured indeed.ray

DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 4:00 PM

Nice to have you back here.
you have been missed I can assure you! Smile


Great set of images that go to show how final life can be.


David.

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2012 - 7:20 AM

A great set of images...
V1 has been work on well...
Great skill as well...

Dave

NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM

Great set John,must have been fascinating for you.

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 8:45 PM

Sorry I missed this ! As you so rightly say it is very moving almost distressing and still so graceful A very special natural history report!

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