Big Cat Mud Bath

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David Lloyd, Great Bri­tain

One morn­ing in Kenya’s Maa­sai Mara Re­serve, li­ons had caught a buf­falo and the pride was eat­ing its fill. In the strug­gle, the li­ons all ended up in a mud hole and be­came cov­ered in black mud, their eyes glow­ing golden. It was hard to get the right an­gle for a photo; look­ing di­rectly into the hole, we needed to care­fully ma­noeu­vre the ve­hi­cle into po­si­tion to get a clear shot through the many long tufts of grass. When we re­turned later in the af­ter­noon, the li­ons were sur­pris­ingly clean again; they must have spent the day clean­ing them­selves. Nikon D800E, 400mm f/2.8, 1/500 sec, f/4.8, ISO560

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