“I was photographing a pride of lions one afternoon at Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park,” says South African photographer Isak Pretorius. “They were sleeping off a buffalo meal they had the night before when one of the females got up and walked off. Anticipating that she might be going to have a drink, I positioned myself across the nearest seasonal pan of water. She appeared through the long green grass and then hunched down to quench her thirst. While she was drinking, she was occasionally looking up or to the side. I had to get my timing just right to catch her with her tongue out while looking in my direction.”
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM. Exposure: 1/400 sec., ƒ/4, ISO 1600.
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