A Love story

By ColleenA
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..

Tags: Lioness Mating Wildlife and nature Thornybush private game reserve

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
24 Mar 2014 5:33AM
Powerful shots


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Mar 2014 5:55AM
Another fascinating and very well captured series of images, Colleen. Carol
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 6:21AM
My word! Stunning images, looks like an unforgettable encounter...
Just amazing and impressive animals...
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 6:23AM
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
24 Mar 2014 6:33AM
What a remarkable series of shots and a great, informative write-up as well. Superb stuff Colleen.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 6:33AM
Amazing images - so well captured and documented Colleen. Smile

24 Mar 2014 6:46AM
Very "dynamic" set , Colleen ! Blush --- Jukka.
JohnoP 12 2
24 Mar 2014 6:51AM
Another lovely set Colleen and interesting narrative. John
24 Mar 2014 7:06AM
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.

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
24 Mar 2014 7:13AM
Wonderfull Colleen, super pictures and an excellent, informative write up.
Will have to try and find a girlfriend for LeoSmileSmile

ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
24 Mar 2014 7:18AM

Quote:V10 is a magnificent portrait of Scarface.

Maureen that is Scarface's friend looking on...isn't he a handsome boy
24 Mar 2014 7:27AM
Another super set of images Colleen,
24 Mar 2014 7:28AM
Another stunning set Colleen. Such an awesome experience. Love the write up accompanying it too Grin Grin

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:32AM
And at breakfast time BlushBlush A lovely love story lets hope all goes well for her.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:35AM
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.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:36AM
Didn't you feel you were intruding????
I must admit I couldn't take photos that are so intimate between 2 animals.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:47AM
Some liitle Scarfaces soon then Colleen, another great set of image and write upSmile

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:55AM
A fascinating set.Smile

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 8:06AM
Excellent set, V1, 4 and 10 for me.
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
24 Mar 2014 8:12AM
Absolutely stunning pictures - and story.
I wonder what other treasures you have to show us, Colleen!
fotobee Plus
4 4 3 South Africa
24 Mar 2014 8:27AM
Wonderful series, Colleen, must try and go up North again..... Regards Martin
24 Mar 2014 8:29AM
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
24 Mar 2014 8:34AM
Such an informative set of images and narrative, Colleen.

9 10 10 England
24 Mar 2014 8:38AM
Terrific set Colleen. Wonderful expression captured in V10.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
24 Mar 2014 8:40AM
Great set of images.............GrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
24 Mar 2014 8:50AM
Superb images Collen and an equally super and informative narrative.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 8:53AM
A really great set of images Colleen and interesting information too.

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 10:03AM
Wonderful story in ten chapters Colleen, all remarkable pictures to go with your excellent narrative.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
PhilT2 Plus
8 466 29 England
24 Mar 2014 10:31AM
Great images Colleen.....must be so good to get this close to these animals
24 Mar 2014 11:45AM
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!
all beautifully taken

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
24 Mar 2014 12:30PM
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
24 Mar 2014 12:31PM
Not sure about LOVE! Wink
Another wonderful series. V10 is stunning.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 12:52PM
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

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 1:42PM
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 Plus
15 8 8 England
24 Mar 2014 1:55PM
Sex, drugs and rock n' roll Colleen. Nature in the raw !!!
24 Mar 2014 2:50PM
A stunning set Colleen..Lin
24 Mar 2014 3:50PM
These were with your Sigma .- I didnt notice it at once! , excellent. --- Jukka.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
24 Mar 2014 4:01PM

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

And yesterday's set Jukka....Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 4:15PM
Love-ly documentary series (sorry, couldn't resist) with a fascinating commentary.
24 Mar 2014 5:04PM
He certainly looks like the cat that got the cream in that last shot . Great set Colleen
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 5:32PM
Cracking set of shots Colleen, just noticed you have the 150 - 500
24 Mar 2014 5:34PM
A great series of captures that compose a wonderful reportage, Colleen!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Mar 2014 5:36PM
A good story set! Enjoyed the images!
24 Mar 2014 6:20PM
A lions love life, very well presented.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
24 Mar 2014 7:01PM
A brilliant set again ColleenSmile
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
24 Mar 2014 7:41PM
Another fabulous set. I love the last shot that shows his pride (I mean how proud he is).
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:46PM
An amazing set of these handsome lions, esp. V10.
24 Mar 2014 9:12PM
Simply great,V10 is majestic,well done Netta for a truly wildlife set.
Outstanding shots Colleen, any photographer would be be so proud to have taken these !!!

Lynette Grin
24 Mar 2014 9:56PM
Fantastic set Colleen. Cathy
Some love story……a wonderful set. Well done Colleen.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 4:17PM
SUPERB!!! Colleen.
evelen 13 5 England
25 Mar 2014 6:24PM
wonderful set of shots great story.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 6:47PM
Superb again Colleen. Always look forward to your nature shotsWinkGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Apr 2014 11:51PM
You've told the tale of these lions wonderfully well in this superb sequence of shots

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