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Trunk Folded Back While Nursing



Photographed at 4:58 pm on 19 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 200, 1/125 sec., f/4, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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~ A herd of elephants was near the Sand River. Although we parked at a distance, they moved towards us. A mother with a baby were unexpectedly close, seemingly of their own volition.


When the baby began nursing, its trunk bent back so as not to reduce the close contact between its mouth and its mother. Seldom had I observed elephant nursing at such close range.

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Where else but Mana Pools, and on foot to boot? :)

 

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A giant from Etosha...

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On Duba Plains last month!

 

 

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@@KiwiGran we took these at Addo Elephant Park earlier this year. They don't come much smaller than this baby :)

 

The lions only wanted a drink but the big elephant was not having any of it. its a fantastic park with great self catering accommodation. Pen

 

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A summer's afternoon on the Chobe river...

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On the move - Mashatu, Tuli Block

 

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My goodness Ma, what big feet you have?

 

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Don't leave me here alone!

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A summer's afternoon on the Chobe river...

 

 

I like this one a lot more than the one you have with the elephant centered in the composition.

 

The colors are vivid, and the bit of the motion the elephant implies really helps.

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I have some great ones from our recent stays in Kruger and Hluhluwe iMfolozi --

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@@africapurohit That is the most magnificent photo of the tusker I have ever seen. I can't imagine ever seeing an elephant with such a gigantic tusks in my life.

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That is the most magnificent photo of the tusker I have ever seen. I can't imagine ever seeing an elephant with such a gigantic tusks in my life.

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one last Hluhluwe shot - this lone wanderer shows off the incredible landscape

 

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The elephant with no reflection....

 

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Not sure if it works better cropped or not?

 

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(I think not but views welcome)

 

 

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Seen along Chobe riverbanks and while feeding in the river itself.

 

 

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Just back from hosting an amazing Wild Eye photographic safari at Mwinilunga Safaris' camp in Mana Pools.

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Like Morkel, last night I had a bit of luck and a cooperative subject. "One tusk" had spent the last two days on islands, in the morning I was out and met him crossing a channel; sunrise, mist on the water and his exhale hanging like smoke in the air. It was stunning. And I had no camera (we were scouting sleep-out locations). I was absolutely furious with myself. Then in the evening while transfering guests I caught up with him wading to another favourite island. I took a chance and went back after dropping the guests at the lodge. My theory was that he would do what he often does and browse his way up and end up on top of the rocks. Other guests were watching him from the west of the island so I went to the east to shoot against the light.

 

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Taken at Mana Pools in June. I'm always amazed at how peaceful and tolerant they are in Mana. Respect their space and they respect you. Beautiful animals!

 

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Peter Connan

Lovely Mike!

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Lovely images guys!

One more from Mana Pools. Big Vic (Vee) paying homage to the setting sun. Again, shooting into the light in the golden hour (golden minute, more like it haha).

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