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Meet Scarface....... he is the brother of the lioness who had the cubs I introduced to on Day 1.
He was sent packing by his Mom and sisters about 6 months ago and now he lives a solitary rather miserable hard life on his own, which he is not enjoying. It is always harder to hunt alone. He is now just over 3 years old and we have watched him grow up from a tiny 6 week old cub. He has grown into a magnificent looking lion. His sisters were always dominant over him and he always played follow the leader. Now he needs to find a lioness and start his own pride. We saw him a couple of times over the 10 game drives and he was always lying around moaning....very spine chilling roars that came right from his stomach and really exhausted him. We were in stitches as half way through his mighty roars he would lie down and do the last few roars from the ground. He did not seem to eat while we were there and looked rather skinny when we left. This image was taken at daybreak, we had to wait for the sun to come up to get decent light but he was in the shade so could not get sun on his mane. In the 40 minutes we sat there he never looked at us once, he was so miserable, you can see it in his eyes. He is now being referred to as Scarface as he has a huge cut on his lip and also his leg. We are not sure if he got them through hunting or a fight with another lion, even maybe his sisters. See my versions I have included pics of his lip and one you can see his leg. The last upload is him halfway through his roar one evening in the dark. You can see how thin he is in the last image. Light was provided by the Trackers spotlight. I will show you his sister tomorrow, we found her at a giraffe kill and I warn you upfront the pics are gruesome (will upload them tomorrow as versions for those who do not want to look)
Thank you for all your votes and great comments and thanks Steve for even mentioning my photography in the same sentence as the legendary Andy Rouse.
Have a nice dayGrinGrin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jun 2013 - 6:53 AM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:King of the bush
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:13 Jun 2013 - 7:00 AM
Tags:South africa, Wildlife / nature
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Caziwinkles
13 Jun 2013 - 7:08 AM

Poor Scarface - he is leading a lonely life at the mo - hope he meets a potential Mrs. Scarface soon. Wink
Fabulous images Colleen - looking forward to tomorrow's! Smile

Carol

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CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 7:13 AM

Excellent images of this rather sad and sorry looking fella, Colleen. Carol

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SUE118
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13 Jun 2013 - 7:13 AM

Brilliant work.

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kathrynlouise
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13 Jun 2013 - 7:14 AM

A wonderful set Colleen. He is a beauty, even with his war wounds. V1 is my favourite but alaso love V5 GrinGrin

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 7:21 AM

V5 for me Colleen, a rare Image and a true reflection. Normal to get kicked out of the pride at his age. Now he must find a mate and his own area, as lions can protect a 500 sq Km patch for there own territory. Good photography but V5 is an exceptional find..John

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
13 Jun 2013 - 7:29 AM

Excellent photos Colleen !! That scar on his lip looks ouchie ouch !! I also think the lying roar in V5 is exceptional !!

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anglingandyq
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13 Jun 2013 - 7:34 AM

Super captures Colleen he does look abit down in the dumps

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NaturesHaven
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13 Jun 2013 - 7:39 AM

He looks like a cool cat.............laid back most of the time.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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widtink
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13 Jun 2013 - 7:49 AM

Fantastic shots Colleen Grin Poor guy V5 is exceptional GrinGrinGrin

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 3254 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
13 Jun 2013 - 7:49 AM

When is your book going to come out Colleen? I have never seen better images in any of African wildlife.

Harriet

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom
13 Jun 2013 - 7:49 AM

I have been waiting for Lenny and I am not disappointed................ Male Lions by nature are very lazy; hence the reason they have a Pride, to hunt for them and feed them............... This guy is in desperate need of at least one wife, otherwise you'll be calling him 'Bones'

A great set of images Colleen.

Tish

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 1111 forum postsColleenA vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 7:56 AM

Tish I was beginning to feel very worried about him and was keen to donate my dinner to him. Hopefully he will find his sister with the huge dead giraffe, she was about 5km away. She was letting none of them know about the kill as she was enjoying eating it alone in between naps.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 1111 forum postsColleenA vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 7:59 AM

Harriet, I already have one book done on the Game farm and am busy working on my second, however am keeping them for my enjoyment Grin, I will send you a copy when my second one is doneGrin

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 8:04 AM

A fascinating write up of this poor lion. As I understand it, they are very lazy and fail to make a kill more times than they succeed. We're off to Zambia in August (our third trip) so I'm hoping for some good images too! Smile a great set here Colleen!
Ann

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capto
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13 Jun 2013 - 8:05 AM

One lonely pussy cat. smashing set.Smile

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Badgerfred
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13 Jun 2013 - 8:11 AM

V1 my favourite in this super set Colleen,
Fred.

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pentony
pentony  6 England
13 Jun 2013 - 8:17 AM

V1 is my favourite well done.

Pau

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Ray12
Ray12 e2 Member 165 forum postsRay12 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 8:24 AM

You see these big cats on the TV... but its not until you get up close and personal in the wild do you realise how big these male lions really are.
Brilliant set of images Colleen... Ray

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13 Jun 2013 - 8:24 AM

V5 the image I like best..
Great work...

Dave

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User_Removed
13 Jun 2013 - 8:31 AM

A super set of images Colleen.
Regards, Alf.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 8:32 AM

he reminds me of the lion in the wizard of oz....
interesting read
thankyou for bothering!

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leontari
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13 Jun 2013 - 8:32 AM

Great set of images Colleen. V1 is my fav.
Effrossini

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 8:43 AM

A good set of pose from your subject Colleen, certainly looks like he likes chilling
Regards Richard

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 9:11 AM

Fine set of images!! You are obviously have a great time!! V1 just edges it for me!!

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johnlw
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13 Jun 2013 - 9:11 AM

Super shots.

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Nikonuser1
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13 Jun 2013 - 9:13 AM

Another great series Colleen,SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Can only feel sorry for him but nature will take it's course, I do hope he finds a mate soon.


cLIFF

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
13 Jun 2013 - 9:20 AM

Wonderful images. Smile
Awww, poor old Scarface. Sad Hope he finds a mate soon.

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digital_boi
13 Jun 2013 - 10:14 AM

fine set Colleen all good V2/3 stand out for me nice work

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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morpheus1955
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13 Jun 2013 - 11:09 AM

Excellent series of images Colleen, so sad to see him looking so sad and dejected, hopefully his life will brighten up soon

Hugh

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DicksPics
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13 Jun 2013 - 11:26 AM

A wonderful set of images, Colleen - and very interesting write up - thank you!Smile
Hope his life gets better, soon!
Richard

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jdinne
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13 Jun 2013 - 11:40 AM

Wow Colleen a very impressive set here. Thank you for the narrative. V5 is the winner in my book.

John

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Lynniesefforts
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13 Jun 2013 - 11:56 AM

Another wonderful series Colleen.. i feel very sorry for this fella... I hope he finds a wife very soon.. SadSad

Lynette GrinGrin

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 12:32 PM

Wonderful series and write up Colleen - although I am feeling very sad for Scarface - I truly hope he finds love and happiness soon.

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Irishkate
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13 Jun 2013 - 12:34 PM

Great images - sad story. I wonder if animals are just like people
with some predisposed to being unhappy? You seem to have a good understanding
of their habits. V5 is amazing.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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gwynn56
gwynn56  252 forum posts England
13 Jun 2013 - 12:35 PM

nice set of images SmileSmile

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gallero
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13 Jun 2013 - 2:21 PM

Me gusta la sensación de tranquilidad que se siente en la imagen. Felicitaciones por esta serie es maravillosa.

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taggart
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13 Jun 2013 - 2:57 PM

Another great shot--- you do these so well!

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13 Jun 2013 - 3:08 PM

A super set of this handsome beast.
Ju

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myrab
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13 Jun 2013 - 3:12 PM

Oh what a sad storey Colleen, lets pray he finds a lioness soon to make him smile again.

Myra

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13 Jun 2013 - 3:14 PM

He does look rather sad Sad A fine set, and an interesting and informative story, Colleen. He's giving you good eye contact in V3! Wink
Trev Smile

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13 Jun 2013 - 3:30 PM

Great shots Colleen. Love the write up. So sad. Hope he finds a mate. Cathy

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ali63
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13 Jun 2013 - 3:55 PM

Poor thing, hopefully there will be a female around for him to mate with so that he can have his own pride, wonderful image.

Ali

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13 Jun 2013 - 5:29 PM

Fabulous captures, Colleen !
George

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13 Jun 2013 - 5:59 PM

Brilliant imagesSmile
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Mike_Smith
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13 Jun 2013 - 6:30 PM

Cracking shots all of them Colleen, i never thought a male lion would be alone like that, but thats mother nature for you

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13 Jun 2013 - 7:25 PM

Excellent images.
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13 Jun 2013 - 8:34 PM

No doubt will be a Lion King one dayGrin

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13 Jun 2013 - 9:47 PM

Love V1 Colleen for the colour of the mane and the clarity,he's a handsome chappie I'm sure he'll find a beautiful mate soon
Regards
Jeremy Smile

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13 Jun 2013 - 10:17 PM

Poor Scarface... wonderful images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

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13 Jun 2013 - 10:20 PM

A wonderful set of this magnificent beast... how lucky you are to live so near to this.

Trev

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14 Jun 2013 - 2:35 AM

This is a great sequence Colleen.

Peter

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29 Jun 2013 - 11:51 PM

A terrific set of images of this magnificent and noble beast

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