Nature on Hunt: Wildlife Photographs Depicting the “Vicious Circle of Life”

We rarely get to see the astounding forces of nature at play, especially the circle of life by the means of prey and predator. Nature’s food chain is a spectacular mechanism and looking through it fascinates everybody. Thanks to the invention called the camera, wildlife photographs have been able to capture and immortalize those precious moments where we can see nature on the hunt, and the vicious circle of life in the wild.

From the smallest insect to the biggest carnivorous, every animal has to work hard to gather food in the wild. Some have to become the hunter, while some end up being hunted. Nonetheless, every being of the animal kingdom lives a rather fascinating life, one day at a time. Nature has always supported the survival of the fittest, and photographs depicting the wildlife on the hunt make one contemplate the struggles and dangers of living in the wild.

Wildlife photography has emerged as one of the most loved arts for it gives glimpses into the seldom seen behavioral aspects of the animal kingdom. Through immense patience and excellent timing, wildlife photographers have brought us the most spectacular photographs of such moments portraying the wildlife on the hunt.

“Gotta take my dinner away from prying eyes!” A female leopard dragging this impala carcass effortlessly so she could feed in peace.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Andrew Taylor Wildlife

Jumping in Surprise! As a crocodile leapt out of a watering hole, the deer run for their life.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: John Mullineux

Spotted an intruder: This young female leopard was happily feeding on its steenbok kill, when it found a hyena approaching to finish off the leftovers.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Andrew Taylor Wildlife

“Gotcha!” This little frog just became dinner of a ruthless reptile.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Jaime Culebras

A miraculous escape of these zebras, who were ambushed by a lion on the riverbank in Masai Mara.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Shivang Mehta

Patience and stillness rewards this crane with a ray-finned fish for its meal.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Sanjay Sen

A lioness snatched the meal of African wild dogs who were trying to overcome this adult impala on a watering hole.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Andrew Taylor Wildlife

Hunting on micro-level: An enhanced photograph of a spider grabbing a fly in its claws.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Vignesh Thangaraj

A death blow: The poor spotted dear could not get out of the death fangs of this huge serpent.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Shivang Mehta

The bigger bite: A jaguar overcame this yacaré caiman – a monstrously large prey, within minutes.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Chris Brunskill

An African leopard got a rabbit clutched in its jaws, with a merciless look in its eyes.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Arshdeep Singh

The leopard making a run after snatching the piglet, as the warthog attempts to free its offspring in vain.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Peter Lindel

Rivalry over food: While one fox holds a rat in its mouth, the other began to squabble over the rodent.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Matthew Maran

After a duel, the sea lion emerges victorious over an ocean sunfish that would eventually become its meal.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Ralph Pace

A chase for life: A lioness is chasing after a warthog, who is running for its survival.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Federico Veronesi

A cheetah looks in a far off direction, while its prey lies dead on its feet.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Peter Haygarth

“Come here, you!” As a Guanco munches down its last mouthful of grass the predator emerges out from one side to nab it in its clutches.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Ingo Arndt

A gentoo penguin — the fastest underwater swimmer of all penguins — runs for its life as a leopard seal bursts out of the water.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Eduardo del Alamo

Titled “The Final Leap,” this photograph is an indicator that no matter how much you run from your destiny, it always catches up with you.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Wim Van Den Heever

The Atlantic puffin has got a mouthful of sand eels, and it looks like the puffin is not going to share its food.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Micha Amar Nature Photography

“Let’s play catch and chase, shall we?” Two cheetahs indulge in a hunting game with this deer.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Bridgena Barnard

The Death Stare: This poor wildebeest calf was born in the morning and became the supper of this lion. Oh! Mother Nature, thou art cruel!

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Johann Kloppers

Cleaners of Nature: The endangered Rüppell’s and white-backed vultures feasting on carrion and bone.

Nature on Hunt: These Wildlife Photographs Depict the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Charlie Hamilton James

Rookie Mistake: A sub-adult tiger trying to catch the prey by its back as it makes its first independent hunting attempt.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Shivang Mehta

“Darn it!” A leopard seal got into a lagoon and ambushed a young penguin as it got closer.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Amos Nachoum

Group hunting: Scraps of grouper flesh fall from the jaws of two grey reef sharks as they tear the fish apart.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Laurent Ballesta

First Lesson: An inexperienced tiger cub trying to hunt a spotted dear, but lucky deer was a bit big for the cub to catch alone.

Wildlife Photographs Depicting the Vicious Circle of Life

Image: Shivang Mehta

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