A pod of bottle-nose dolphins herd a school of salmon off the coast of Esperance Western Australia. The dolphins will work together to force the fish closer and closer to the beach where they can eventually launch their attack while there is no escape.
“Oh, that is so mean for the lion to see his prey without getting a chance to hunt it.”
That is the standard sentence I hear at the lion enclosure at the zoo in Hannover. The problem here is that we transfer our feelings to the animals. When you see lions in the wild (which I unfortunately only have seen on TV so far) you will see that they share their habitat with their prey. Lions are very territorial so they can only hunt what comes into their territory. The lions don’t hunt because they want to but because they have to. That means, they hunt when they are hungry and when they are full, they lie around relax and watch their prey go by. That is exactly what the lions in the zoo do except they don’t have to go hunting when they are hungry because we feed them. So being able to watch the antelopes and giraffes is part of their natural behaviour and keeps them preoccupied. I like to compare it to a cooking show on TV.
Meander the female leopard looks back at us as she stalks through the scrub. A fitting name for an animal that goes where she pleases
For a large cat she’s extremely difficult to track, seeming to disappear into thin air with very little effort. And I’m captivated by the strength in her frame, which is all muscle, sinew and raw power
All credit to @caprivi_steve for having an unnerving knack of being able to spot her and keep pace
Erindi established the Global Leopard Project in 2007 and it’s aimed at increasing our understanding of this beautiful species - often hunted by trophy hunters and a primary target for elimination because they pose a threat to livestock on farms throughout many areas in Southern Africa
Mercilessly annoying harsh light makes mid-day the least preferred time for photography. But in a forest, among the trees one can often find little pockets of gloriously well-lit areas. Thanks to the interplay between the light hustling through the canopy and the shadows of the branches and leaves created by the same light.
For lack of an ID, I am calling this a flame in the forest. That's how it caught me.