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Good morning....
Thank you for the wonderful response to yesterdays lion upload .... Also a big thank you to the following for their UA's...Peter (Ddolfelin), Ryan (Bigry), Maureen (HarrietH), Kathryn (Kathrynlouise), Billy (Williamsloan) and lastly Netta (Netta123)....all so much appreciated.
We watched the lioness move away shortly after they rested. Scarface was quick to follow her, followed closely behind by his friend. Scarface stopped for a drink of water and warily kept an eye on his friends whereabouts. He then had to hurry to catch up to the lioness. This time I was ready for the action with camera resting on a beanbag for support.
For lions there is no fixed breeding season. The mating period begins when the female comes in oestrus. During the mating season the lion is a devoted mate. During this time little attention is paid to food and other animals that pose a threat. The mating couple seperates from the other lions and spens a five day "honeymoon" in secluded spots. (Thats why it was so strange for his friend to hang around following then) Copulation which occurs every 20-30 minutes takes place quickly with lots of growling. In the height of passion the male nips the female on the neck. The breeding time is a romantic experience . Upon dismount the female will often take a swipe at the male as he flinches away. This behaviour is attributed to the fact that the male has a barb at the end of his p***s that hurts the female on exit. This barb apparently helps stimulate the female to ovulate. as the mating ritual continues she will produce eggs.
Sometimes however the lioness will mate with several different sets of males in a short period, thus lowering the chances of infanticide.
V1...she is looking for him to follow
V2...Ok I am on my way
V3...This is thirsty work
V4...Keeping his eye on his friend
V5-9.. The action
V10....the friend watching them...looks so sad..

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Mar 2014 - 8:44 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Love story
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:24 Mar 2014 - 5:25 AM
Tags:Lioness, Mating, Thornybush private game reserve, Wildlife / nature
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
24 Mar 2014 - 5:33 AM

Powerful shots

Peter

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 5:55 AM

Another fascinating and very well captured series of images, Colleen. Carol

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 - 6:21 AM

My word! Stunning images, looks like an unforgettable encounter...
Just amazing and impressive animals...
IB

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 6:23 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 6:33 AM

What a remarkable series of shots and a great, informative write-up as well. Superb stuff Colleen.

Andy

Caziwinkles
24 Mar 2014 - 6:33 AM

Amazing images - so well captured and documented Colleen. Smile

Carol

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
24 Mar 2014 - 6:46 AM

Very "dynamic" set , Colleen ! Blush --- Jukka.

JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
24 Mar 2014 - 6:51 AM

Another lovely set Colleen and interesting narrative. John

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
24 Mar 2014 - 7:06 AM

She's such a cute lady that lioness. I have heard that the "barb" is present in all male cats. Poor ladies no wonder they take a swipe at their gentlemen callers.
Perhap Scarface's friend just want his buddy back to normal, or to try his luck with the lady lioness.
Great photos, a beanbag can be a very good friend.
V10 is a magnificent portrait of Scarface.

Harriet

Last Modified By HarrietH at 24 Mar 2014 - 7:08 AM
mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:13 AM

Wonderfull Colleen, super pictures and an excellent, informative write up.
Will have to try and find a girlfriend for LeoSmileSmile

Dave.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:18 AM


Quote: V10 is a magnificent portrait of Scarface.
Harriet

Maureen that is Scarface's friend looking on...isn't he a handsome boy

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
24 Mar 2014 - 7:27 AM

Another super set of images Colleen,
Fred.

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 3368 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:28 AM

Another stunning set Colleen. Such an awesome experience. Love the write up accompanying it too Grin Grin

kathryn

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:32 AM

And at breakfast time BlushBlush A lovely love story lets hope all goes well for her.

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43424 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:35 AM

Stunning memorable images, each one providing me with so much viewing pleasure, very hard to pick a favourite in this very well captured and compiled set of high quality images Colleen.

Regards Nathan

P.S. Thinking and praying for you both.

Last Modified By NDODS at 24 Mar 2014 - 7:36 AM
barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:36 AM

Didn't you feel you were intruding????
I must admit I couldn't take photos that are so intimate between 2 animals.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:47 AM

Some liitle Scarfaces soon then Colleen, another great set of image and write upSmile

Cliff

capto
capto e2 Member 21228 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:55 AM

A fascinating set.Smile

ivor

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1806 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom89 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:06 AM

Excellent set, V1, 4 and 10 for me.
Nigel

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:12 AM

Absolutely stunning pictures - and story.
I wonder what other treasures you have to show us, Colleen!

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:27 AM

Wonderful series, Colleen, must try and go up North again..... Regards Martin

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:29 AM

Everyone superbly photographed Colleen. A wonderful informative write up. Thank you for sharing sites we wouldn't normally see,
Hope things are improving too. Best wishes Patty Grin

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:34 AM

Such an informative set of images and narrative, Colleen.

Richard

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:38 AM

Terrific set Colleen. Wonderful expression captured in V10.
Joan.

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:40 AM

Great set of images.............GrinGrinGrin

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 8:50 AM

Superb images Collen and an equally super and informative narrative.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

viscostatic
24 Mar 2014 - 8:53 AM

A really great set of images Colleen and interesting information too.

Phil.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 10:03 AM

Wonderful story in ten chapters Colleen, all remarkable pictures to go with your excellent narrative.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 4103 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 10:31 AM

Great images Colleen.....must be so good to get this close to these animals

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
24 Mar 2014 - 11:45 AM

Well, now we will wait for the kids ...!Wink
Glad to meet you again Colleen!Smile
P.S. I see you have changed the picture. Excellent, positive, portrait!

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 12:07 PM

all beautifully taken



billy

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 12:30 PM

Another great sequence of images here, Colleen...for V10 you could come up with numerous titles to fit it! Blush Keep 'em coming! Smile
Trev Smile

Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 12:31 PM

Not sure about LOVE! Wink
Another wonderful series. V10 is stunning.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 12:52 PM

Excellent images of this love triangle Colleen, the images are so captivating, thank you for sharing with us SmileSmile I hope all is ok with Rob,thinking of you GrinGrinGrin

Ali

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 1:42 PM

What a steamy story today! Move over Jackie Collins! (Jackie Colleen's 'Steamy safari Tales")
Superb images and graphic images.
Brilliant photography Colleen.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 1:55 PM

Sex, drugs and rock n' roll Colleen. Nature in the raw !!!
Ron

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 2:50 PM

A stunning set Colleen..Lin

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
24 Mar 2014 - 3:50 PM

These were with your Sigma .- I didnt notice it at once! , excellent. --- Jukka.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 4:01 PM


Quote: These were with your Sigma .- I didnt notice it at once! , excellent. --- Jukka.

And yesterday's set Jukka....Grin

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 4:15 PM

Love-ly documentary series (sorry, couldn't resist) with a fascinating commentary.

anglingandyq
anglingandyq e2 Member 1anglingandyq vcard England
24 Mar 2014 - 5:04 PM

He certainly looks like the cat that got the cream in that last shot . Great set Colleen

Mike_Smith
24 Mar 2014 - 5:32 PM

Cracking set of shots Colleen, just noticed you have the 150 - 500

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 5:34 PM

A great series of captures that compose a wonderful reportage, Colleen!
George

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 5:36 PM

A good story set! Enjoyed the images!

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 6:20 PM

A lions love life, very well presented.

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2197 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:01 PM

A brilliant set again ColleenSmile
NettaSmile

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:41 PM

Another fabulous set. I love the last shot that shows his pride (I mean how proud he is).

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2014 - 7:46 PM

An amazing set of these handsome lions, esp. V10.
Ju

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 - 9:12 PM

Simply great,V10 is majestic,well done Netta for a truly wildlife set.
Martyn.

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
24 Mar 2014 - 9:40 PM

Outstanding shots Colleen, any photographer would be be so proud to have taken these !!!

Lynette Grin

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 - 9:56 PM

Fantastic set Colleen. Cathy

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
24 Mar 2014 - 11:59 PM

Some love story……a wonderful set. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 - 4:17 PM

SUPERB!!! Colleen.
Brian

evelen
evelen  9 England
25 Mar 2014 - 6:24 PM

wonderful set of shots great story.
eve.Smile

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2014 - 6:47 PM

Superb again Colleen. Always look forward to your nature shotsWinkGrin
Ryan

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:51 PM

You've told the tale of these lions wonderfully well in this superb sequence of shots

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