While the leopards and lions of Africa have arguably the most intimidating of stares, the fixed gaze of a hyena heading directly toward you holds plenty of intensity and menace too. During my last two weeks in Kenya’s Masai Mara last June, most mornings and some late afternoons we would pass a number of spotted hyena while heading out from and returning to our camp; I suspect they were doing pretty much the same, though in their case to and from their den.

Every sighting we had, however, was in very low ambient light and they never seemed to be walking into the direction of the concealed sun, which at first I found to be real frustrating, but in this case it worked out well for the perfect rim-lighting I was able to capture around this wonderful character’s ears and even part of it’s face.

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