A Sleeping Cat Tip

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 2 Comments

How many hours have you sat waiting for a “FLAT” cat like this;

To get up and do something?

I know I have collectively sat many, MANY hours waiting. Sadly we do not have control over these wild animals and the only thing you can do is, to sit and wait.

In doing this you can take the opportunity to take in everything that is happening around you, learn, ask your guide questions and sometimes you get lucky and they get up but sometimes they don’t.

That’s just unfortunately the way it works. Take it or leave it!

Sitting in a sighting like this where lions or leopards are motionless does not mean you need to put your camera away either. This is a great opportunity to work on your creativity and create images like this.


I am sure by now you have figured that this blog is not really a “photography tip” blog.

It is more of a basic “field tip” blog so that the next time you sit with sleeping cats you know when to get yourself, your gear and your settings ready.

You have now been sitting with a pride of sleeping lions or a sleeping leopard for two hours with no signs of life. A tad frustrating I know, then you see these sleeping cats start doing this;

The cats yawning like this are not them showing off their impressive teeth to us but just like us, they yawn to take in a heap of air to supply their “sleepy” brain with enough oxygen in order to wake up.

When you see this start happening, get ready! At times they yawn once or twice and fall over to sleep again but more than likely they get up and get active!

Now you know one thing to look for out in the field while sitting with sleeping cats in order to make sure you bank the shot.


Until next time;

Happy snapping!



About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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