By Kate Harrold
THIS BRITISH photographer captured the epic moment a lion stood atop a hill of BONES.
In the incredible snap, a 500-pound male lion stood proudly atop a hill of carcass bones as he surveyed the landscape with the golden-hued sun rising behind him.
In another, a lioness and fellow male joined the bone hill king as they sniffed around the carcasses looking for any leftover scraps of meat.
The stunning photo was captured by photographer Simon Needham (52) from Leeds, UK, whilst he was visiting the GG Conservation Wildlife Reserve and Lion Sanctuary in South Africa. Simon stood just 30 feet away as he took the images using his Canon 1DX Mark II camera.
“I’d been invited by GG Conservation to generate some marketing content for them. At their location they have a bone yard where all the animal carcasses are taken once the lion’s finish eating,” Simon said.
“One morning, I decided to hang there and was lucky enough to catch one large male lion as he stood on top of the bone hill overlooking his land.
“He only stood there for a minute or so, but I was lucky enough to get a few shots before he moved on.
“It was a very exciting moment and one I could have only dreamed of prior to going there that morning.
“I see people interpreting the image in many ways, but I see it as the proud lion king surveying his land.”
Lions tend to hunt medium-sized prey including antelope, wildebeest, and zebras. They are ravenous eaters, and a male lion can consume up to 15 per cent of their body weight. On an average day, a male lion consumes around 15 pounds of food.