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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.

Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Tamron AF70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Aug 2012 - 2:50 PM
Focal Length:148mm
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
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 Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 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

Last Modified By helenlinda at 27 Aug 2012 - 9:21 PM
Curtain Plus Member 7Curtain vcard United Kingdom4 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.

EAS  6 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.


pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 9:35 PM

V4 I think but MY what a priviledgeSmile

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8774 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1264 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.

rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 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.

buxton  7 England
27 Aug 2012 - 10:03 PM

Excellent set of images.

Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
27 Aug 2012 - 10:07 PM

Excellent reportage John, super set of images,

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 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.


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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 Plus Member 81051 forum postsJN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 8:10 AM

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

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 8:24 AM

life goes on

alansnap Plus Member 11560 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom23 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.

crookymonsta Plus Member 7746 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.

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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  5 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 Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Sep 2012 - 4:05 AM

incredible set...

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 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


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

sweetpea62 Plus Member 5sweetpea62 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 Plus Member 7raygregson vcard United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 - 5:27 PM

fantastic set,well captured indeed.ray

DeSilver Plus Member 7DeSilver 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.


ugly Plus Member 7ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2012 - 7:20 AM

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


NeilWigan Plus Member 5NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM

Great set John,must have been fascinating for you.

annettep38 Plus Member 4209 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 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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