Springbok, Impala & Lionesses
Springbok, Impala & Lioness: This is a water hole located in a bare area of sand. There were 3 lionesses, each with cubs, who were dependant on the herd of Springbok and Impala for meat. So they devised a strategy to trick one that strayed close (6-8 feet) when the herds came down to drink at sun-up. (the antelopes would not venture to the water hole until there was good light). But the lionesses would arrive early while it was still dark, placing themselves in a tight crouching position near some elephant dung to mask their scent, and to provide some cover. The lionesses would remain absolutely motionless for an hour or more. (Note the crouched lioness in the lower left corner). Antelopes see motion well, but they do not have good defining vision and may overlook a motionless object. This morning the lioness was unsuccessful, but the well-nourished appearance of the lionesses and their cubs was good testimony to their hunting success. This is the only place I have seen both Springboks & Impala together. [Nxai Pan, Botswana].