"SURPRISE MEAL", BY BERND WASIOLKA; RUNNER-UP, 'WILD CATS PORTRAITS'
"Surprise meal", by Bernd Wasiolka; Runner-Up, 'Wild Cats Behavioural'.
"I was sitting in my car keeping an eye on a pride of sleepy lions hanging around a waterhole. Suddenly I hear a flapping sound. Looking up, I see a ring-necked dove frantically beating the air in a desperate attempt to lift itself out of the waterhole. In a flash, one of the young lions had launched itself into the water and closed its jaws over the dove. To our amazement, two victims are hanging out of its mouth: not only the dove, but also a sizeable marsh terrapin! I had a split second to capture the moment before the lion ran away with its surprise snack. Because of its heavily armoured shell, the terrapin avoided sharing the fate of the dove."