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My most moving and sad set of images

By lonely_oryx  
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.

Tags: Giraffe Lion Kill Wildlife and nature

Voters: stuart1963, helenlinda, EAS and 39 more

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:17PM
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

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27 Aug 2012 9:23PM
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.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 9:24PM
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.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:35PM
V4 I think but MY what a priviledgeSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 9:45PM
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.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
27 Aug 2012 9:53PM
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.
buxton 10 England
27 Aug 2012 10:03PM
Excellent set of images.
27 Aug 2012 10:07PM
Excellent reportage John, super set of images,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Aug 2012 10:40PM
Welcome back, John, hope all is well. What an amazing sequence. Harsh, sad, but the circle of life.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Aug 2012 5:42AM
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
Great + interesting reportage + beautiful photos of those graceful animals.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 8:24AM
life goes on
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 9:16AM
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.
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
28 Aug 2012 1:22PM
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.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
28 Aug 2012 3:43PM
A very fine set of images, John, even though a sad end to one of the giraffes.
Trev Smile
moiral 8 12 Scotland
28 Aug 2012 10:09PM
Welcome back John.
That's life in the wild, I guess. Not always cute and cuddly little animals. Excellent set of shots. Moira
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
2 Sep 2012 4:05AM
incredible set...
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 4:18PM
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
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 5:32PM
Sad and very moving, but that's nature, and you have captured it to perfection in this series of images.
10 Sep 2012 9:22PM
Welcome back John.excellent nature images,even if they are sad nature is cruel..Lin
fantastic set,well captured indeed.ray
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
11 Nov 2012 4:00PM
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.

ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 7:20AM
A great set of images...
V1 has been work on well...
Great skill as well...

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
23 Nov 2012 6:07PM
Great set John,must have been fascinating for you.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Nov 2012 8:45PM
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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