Three lionesses - Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) - Favorites #6

These photos were taken during a photography workshop (Feb. 14-23, 2011) in Tanzania led by Ray Barlow in collaboration with Naseeb Mfinanga and Nickson Kassim of Maasai Wanderings.

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Lionesses - Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) - Feb. 2011

Lionesses engaged in social licking while resting. The head and neck, areas a lion cannot reach during self grooming, are the most common parts of the body licked by another lion.

Lionesses - Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) - Feb. 2011

Three lionesses head rubbing - nuzzling the forehead face and neck against another lion.

David Sparks

I retired in 2005 after 40 years of research and teaching at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (24 years), the University of Pennsylvania (8 years) and the Baylor College of Medicine (8 years). Photography is my retirement hobby.

Nature photography, especially bird photography, combines a number of things that I really enjoy: bird-watching, being outdoors, photography, travel, messing about with computers, and learning new skills and concepts.  I now spend much of my time engaged in these activities.

David Sibley in the preface to The Sibley Guide to Birds wrote "Birds are beautiful, in spectacular as well as subtle ways; their colors, shapes, actions, and sounds are among the most aesthetically pleasing in nature."  My goal is to acquire images that capture the beauty and uniqueness of selected species as well as images that highlight the engaging behaviors the birds exhibit.