Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A lioness stalks through the grass. The lioness blends in well in the grassland — the predator’s impressive look in the eyes, which focuses sharply on the person behind the camera.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 20 March, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4278 by 2852 pixels (WxH).

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A lioness stalks through the grass. The lioness blends in very well to the neutral colors of the grassland. The predator’s coat of fur is similar in color, which makes it for a perfect environment to hunt prey. Behind the lioness stalking through the high grass is a big patch of lush green grassland. Helping the top part of her body stand out more for the viewers to see. While the lioness stalks through the high grass, with her impressive look, her eyes focus on the person behind the camera. Did Anette run? No, she was in her jeep. That does not mean a car window will protect you from a massive lion when it wants to attack.

Etosha National Park is known for its endless salt pan that can be seen from space. The salt pan is so large that they cover almost a quarter of the entire park. With vast congregations of wildlife around watering holes, it is virtually guaranteeing many animal sightings. Watching wildlife at watering holes is a beautiful way of watching their day-to-day natural routines. As winter is the dry season in Namibia, you will see more wildlife at water sources. However, the summer is the rainy season and brings about lush vegetations. Therefore, this is the season for bird watching as it brings out all the beautiful chirping birdlife. In Etosha, the water sources are either natural springs or human-made boreholes.

The lion, Panthera Leo, is in category vulnerable in the IUCN red list.

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