by Jim Zuckerman
Just a few hours ago I photographed this magnificent male lion at a kill. His supremacy in the pride was challenged by a younger male, and there was a brief but very vicious fight. The challenger backed down, and the black maned lion you see here was basking in his victory. The fight happened too fast for me to capture it – it lasted perhaps two seconds and I wasn't expecting it at all – but I was able to capture this dramatic portrait in very pretty early morning lighting.
This was taken from a bean bag and I used the 500mm f/4 IS Canon telephoto plus a 1.4x teleconverter.