Hyenas suffer from bad PR. Images of merciless pack hunters moving through the night — glowing eyes, strange cries, and fetid scavenging — haven’t endeared them to humans. Yet, they are conscientious parents, they play an important role in their ecosystems, and — surprise — they are one of the few matriarchal societies among predators.
This female hyena popped up in the tall grass and wildflowers at Ngorongoro Crater, backlit by a hazy sun. She gave me time to shoot only one frame and was away, looking back over her shoulder to see who had disturbed her nap. (Pricing Schedule F)