WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Behaviour: Mammals

Jürgen Ross, Germany

A carcass-eye view

Fast, tall and with a kick that could shatter a lion's skull, adult giraffes usually have little to fear from predators. But in South Africa's Kruger National Park, one pride of lions has developed a shrewd hunting strategy. Jürgen explains: 'They pick out a giraffe and chase it towards a tarmac road. The giraffe struggles to run on the smooth surface, stumbles and falls.' It's a high-reward technique - a single giraffe feeds the lions for several days, as this one did. Here, a feeding lioness is framed by the carcass, through which she also keeps watch on the photographer.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 600mm f4 lens; 1/320 sec at f4.5; ISO 500; beanbag.


Kruger National Park, South Africa: latitude -23.988384, longitude 31.55474 Kruger National Park, South Africa: latitude -23.988384, longitude 31.55474

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Jürgen Ross, Germany