This image was taken in the Serengeti during the migration period of 2019. Waterholes are very scarce during this time of year. A small pride of lions had claimed this waterhole when an interloper appeared. The alpha female of the pride attacked the interloper, followed by the other lionesses to drive her away.
As the battle became more intense, the action was fast and furious. The interloper cried out in pain as the alpha female bit and dug her claws into her. They spun around as if in a dance, with the alpha female losing her footing a bit as her leg became airborne. Utilizing the continuous high-speed capability of the D500 allowed me to capture the precise moment the interloper’s head was in profile as she turned to face her attacker.
Author: Patrick has always enjoyed photography. He is based in Georgetown, Texas, where he enjoys retirement. He spends his summers in the mountains of Colorado when not traveling the world. In 2015 he bought a Nikon starter camera kit that launched him into the “digital” world of photography. Following a guided photography trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2015, his love of photographing wildlife and nature took off. Since then, trips to Alaska, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, Africa, Australia, and the Great Bear Rainforest have fueled his passion