Thank you for all your votes and great comments on yesterdays hyena....
Normally at the game farm we get good sightings of elephant. They normally surround the vehicle and I get extremely nervous. Because it is mid winter and here is not much in the way of green leaves they have split into smaller herds. We also had to look far and wide for them this time. We eventually found a herd far off track and in thick bush, they were all sleeping standing up. A rare sight to see the whole herd asleep. I could not get any clear images. 2 days later we found another small herd, this time they were next to the track. Quite a few of them were lying down sleeping, again something you do not see often. One female was quite active and she graced us with a walk in front of our vehicle. She grazed for a few minutes on the left side then turned and walked back again. We were able to get 2 good captures of her before she returned to the thick bush.
In winter they eat a lot of bark off the thin branches as it is full of nutrients. They snap a branch off, pull all the leaves off with their trunk. Then like a machine they hold the branch with their trunk and feed it in one side of their mouth, it comes out the other side stripped clean. You will note she is fully aware of us with the tip of her trunk towards us so she can smell us.
Uncropped...straight out of the camera and framed
Have a nice day....
For interest sake i have included V3 of an elephant sleeping, looks like a big rock
|Camera:||Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||19 Aug 2013 - 11:21 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|