This hyena was not about to share any of the Cape Buffalo carcass with the White Backed Vulture that had flown in. Taken with a D4 and 80-400 at f/5.6, 1/640 and Auto ISO at 1600.
Here's a bit of a back story. Two days earlier, the vehicle we were in was charged by this Buffalo. The tracker and guide both stood up, clapped their hands and shouted, which was enough to stop the charge. As the Buffalo left, we noticed that the animal was limping badly and that its left rear leg had a deep gash and was also very swollen.
A short time later, shots were heard in the area of the stricken Buffalo. Subsequently, we learned that it had charged a walking party and was shot by the guide. A sad event, yet likely less painful and prolonged than being taken down by a pride of lions which was the most likely outcome. Richard
Larry, Lunastar, john and Jorge: many thanks for taking the time to look and comment. It is appreciated. Here's a bit more back story. I visited the buffalo carcass over a 3 day period and sat for quite a while during each visit. It wasn't until the 3rd morning when the hyena interacted with the vulture that was flying in. Although I hit the shutter button as fast as I could while watching through the viewfinder, I was still only able to get 3 frames off before the action stopped. Luckily, I got this one. Richard