Photo of the Day Contest
Monarch by Rudi van den Heever
Sunday, 28th February 2016


by Rudi van den Heever

During January 2016, the southern lion prides in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa were in turmoil - The Rooiputs pride of about 11 individuals scattered into smaller, more mobile groups and the young cubs were hidden from a coalition of three young males that were attempting to take over the pride. This is one of the two males that are ruling the Rooiputs pride at present - He seems to be unscaved by the ongoing fighting and much more fortunate that his brother that is probably scarred for life! He is still the monarch of the Rooiputs pride as I post this portrait.
Equipment: Canon 7Dmkii and 500mm F4 L lens
Rudi van den Heever
"What an awesome privilege to view the wonderful detail of God's creation through a man-made lens!" I am a lawyer, photographer and conservationist (not necessarily in that order) from Pretoria, South Africa. Sharing my images and this amazing journey through the natural splendour of the Southern African plains, bush and sky, have proved to be one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. I hope that through my photography I can inspire others to conserve and protect the natural heritage of our children.

Monarch by Rudi van den Heever was photo of the day on Sunday, 28th February 2016. You can leave a comment below.


Pamela North

28th February 2016 at 4:10 am

Great capture of a proud beast Rudi.

Laura Milholland

28th February 2016 at 5:57 am

Wow. A marvelous, impressive and powerful face – and image!

Anne Egli

28th February 2016 at 6:02 am

It’s like he’s looking right into my eyes, great picture of a magnificent animal.


28th February 2016 at 11:18 am

Lion’s Portrait with an attentive and guarding Attitude of a Wildlife Sovereign. Beautiful!


28th February 2016 at 12:10 pm

This great close up shot brought a big smiile to my face this mng :) really awesome!

28th February 2016 at 1:10 pm

Super shot Rudi

28th February 2016 at 3:59 pm


1st March 2016 at 9:47 am

Thanks for the positive feedback guys!

18th March 2016 at 1:43 pm

He looks like he knows just who he is and what he is doing!

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