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On the edge of the Serengeti, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), we had the extreme luck of a male lion traveling straight at us at a brisk pace at sunrise. The lion was only a few meters from us when suddenly we noticed a tawny eagle surveying his domain with the sun rising behind him. I quickly changed from imaging the lion to the unfolding sunrise. No time to change any settings, so I was imaging the rising sun with a large aperture wide open. I managed 4 frames over a few seconds before the scene was lost when the eagle changed positions and then flew off. I also got many images of the lion, but this image of the eagle is one of my favorites from the trip.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 16-megapixel camera, Canon 300 mm f/2.8 L IS lens + 1.4x TC = 420 mm at f/4, 1/6000 sec, ISO 400.
Wild and free. No calls or bait were used to acquire this image.
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Image ID: tawny.eagle.sunrise.c02.21.2011.c45i3744.c-800.jpg
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Last updated March 30, 2017