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Loango Landscapes

 

 

Forest Elephants

 

Forest Elephants

 

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Daily visitors to our bathroom every afternoon at Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi

 

 

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He liked to put his trunk in the bathtub even thought there was no water in it.

 

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Here's a small selection from last September.

 

Nice herd having a midday drink. Kwondo, Botswana.

 

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I have a lovely sequence of this youngster having a nice wallow in the mud at Selinda

 

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And finally a Bull, crossing the water during a boat trip at Kwara

 

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South Luangwa NP in November 2013

 

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When I first decided to add my photos of forest elephants I was just going to add the ones I’d already uploaded however I then decided that perhaps I should have another look through my Gabon photos and think about uploading a few more. So any of my forest elephants that appear from now on will be a mix of old and new uploads, most of the Loango NP ones will be new uploads.

 

Forest Elephant Loango NP in Gabon

 

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Savannah and Rainforest Loango NP

 

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Forest Elephants known in Gabon as assala are if you're walking through the rainforest considered extremely dangerous by the locals. As anyone familiar with elephants will know, when they want to be they can be very quiet and the thick vegetation in the rainforest makes it difficult to see very far. This means that when you’re walking in the forest it’s very easy to stumble into an elephant or elephants without realising they're there until it’s too late. However when they’re out in the open on the savannah they’re not really considered that dangerous simply because they’re that much easier to spot so you're very unlikely to walk into one by mistake and in fact provided you're careful they're just as approachable as bush elephants.

 

This herd of elephants were browsing in the coastal bush feasting on the salt laden vegetation, in Loango animals often come down to the beaches to feed on plants that have been coated in salt by the Atlantic ocean spray. These elephants were at times half hidden by the bush so we almost didn’t notice them as we walked past thankfully they weren’t at all bothered by our presence, in Loango and elsewhere in Gabon the guides do not carry guns.

 

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This bull took a break from uprooting treets and decided to come for a closer look. The person next to me was using a Canon - I'm sure that's what upset him.

 

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In Gabon’s Loango NP the forest elephants and other animals generally only come out on to the beaches during the wet season. If you’re there at the right time and you’re lucky enough to spot a herd of elephants on the beach the trick is to then try and walk around behind them so you can photograph them with the Atlantic Ocean as a back drop.

 

This was the closest I’ve ever been to a herd of elephants on foot accompanied by a guide who didn’t have a gun, I was slightly nervous but then I trusted that the guide didn’t have a death wish. Though having a gun shouldn’t really make any difference because a good guide is not going to get you or him in to a situation where he has to actually use it. If you’re this close and you push your luck too far you’d be in serious trouble with or without a gun. We went just close enough to take these photos, but not too close and my only real concern was that there might be an elephant hidden in the bushes that we hadn’t seen but fortunately there wasn’t.

 

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Forest elephant with Atlantic Ocean

 

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In this shot you can see just how different forest elephants look front on compared to all the bush elephants in this thread

 

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Mum with calf

 

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More Atlantic Elephants

 

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@@inyathi ~ nice contrast, & interesting environment with the ocean too. I wonder if they talk to passing whales :)

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Some elephant pics taken while and after they crossed the Rufiji River in the Selous- November 2012

 

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Younger boy showing off

 

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Pushing and shoving.

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Having been very busy over the last couple of years, I have finally found the time to get editing some old images from 2007. Wanted to share my great memories from Zimbabwe. You may have seen some of these before, though due to a number of reasons, they are probably not still linked on here.

 

 

Situated in the southern section of Hwange National Park, the elephants herds of Airstrip 2, in the Makalolo concession, provide some of the best elephant viewing in Africa.

 

As the dry season takes hold, they start to congregate around the last remaining water sources. Hundreds of elephants will visit the same waterhole each evening, throwing the Kalahari high into the atmosphere.

 

In my experience, it is one of the top destinations in Africa if you want to capture elephant silhouettes.

 

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Sorry, Russel. Couldn´t see any pics. Wonder why.

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We took hundreds but this is my favourite. Chobe NP

 

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This young bull had a fine time bathing in a muddy waterhole in Ndutu.

 

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this, rather more impressive, bull took a break from feeding to give us a stare

 

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Lovely images everyone.

 

@@inyathi - visiting Loango NP and seeing elephants and hippo on the beaches is a dream of mine since seeing the BBC Africa section showing that.

 

I love showing off elephants in monochrome.

 

This one from the Chobe river in Botswana...

 

 

 

 

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From Mana Pools...

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From the Mara Triangle, Kenya...

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On the banks of the Zambezi

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Mana Pools:

 

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Don't ask what I'm doing. I have no idea.

 

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A big boy in Etosha. Shooting elephants low and wide helps accentuate their size.

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Some of the characters who frequent the waterhole at Tandala Tented Camp, Ruaha. Including Big Man, the biggest one in the middle! And Sidekick with his odd tusks (most elephants are left handed), one of the oldest males in the area and former ally of the fallen giant Babu. Personally find elephants extremely difficult to photograph and like a lot of people on this thread find that B&W often works, bringing out the texture and contours of their skin. Great photos everyone!

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