As we speak’s Picture of the Day is “Farewell to the Kings” by Robert Henderson. Location: Serengeti Nationwide Park, Tanzania.
“Farewell to Bob Jr. and Marley, the Lion Kings of the Serengeti for over seven years,” writes Henderson. “Bob Jr. and Marley have been killed in March 2023, in separate assaults by a coalition of rival males attempting to take over the pleasure. There was an outpouring of grief from everywhere in the world as phrase of the deaths has unfold to park guests and photographers who had the enjoyment of encountering the lions in particular person, and lots of extra who knew them solely from their photographs.
“Bob Jr. and Marley have been African black-maned lions whose sire was the well-known unique Bob Marley. The brothers shaped a coalition that shared a big pleasure of females and lots of cubs. Marley was the extra good-looking, whereas Bob Jr., many would say, was the extra magnificent member of the coalition. Bob Jr. had a a lot darker mane, many scars and really darkish eyes. He all the time seemed offended (and hungry) besides when he was nuzzling his brother.
“Their residence vary was the Central Space of the Serengeti Nationwide Park in Tanzania close to Namiri Plains. They have been with out query the 2 most strikingly photogenic lions I’ve ever encountered. The quick grass savannah within the Central Serengeti space the place we have been following the lions final November had been burned over in a managed burn a number of weeks prior. The grass had been burned all the way down to a really quick, reddish-brown stubble. There was a powerful breeze that was blowing ash and mud into the lions’ eyes, and their nictitating membranes have been midway up, making their gaze that rather more placing because the lions wandered out and in of the restricted obtainable shade.
“A particular because of our information Anderson Kayle for spending all day with me and on into the night monitoring the brothers for the proper shot.”
Canon EOS R6, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM extender lens at 400mm, handheld. Publicity: 1/1250 sec., f/4, ISO 1600.
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Initially Revealed Might 2, 2023