21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Vultures descend on a Lion kill, Masai Mara 2023

I came on this scene from a distance. I was attracted at first by the vultures, which are surprisingly graceful birds, especially with wings extended. They extend their wings so that they can land precisely where they want, and also to intimidate other vultures. I was also attracted by the frenetic activity. Safari participants usually neglect scenes like this, but I think they have a strangely mesmerising beauty. It was only when processing the image back at home that I saw this was a lion kill of a baby elephant. Hyenas also circle in the background -- the struggle for survival in the African Bush is here for all to see. I am glad that I didn't fail to look more closely.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
Copyright: © Robert Field