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Huge bull elephant in Etosha

Huge bull elephant in Etosha
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Copyright: Nick Neklioudov (OldElephant) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (56)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8/6-72 ASPH., Tiffen 58mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-25 9:32
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bull elephants usually keep separately from the elephant herds, forming their own bachelor herd or joining a herd for mating. From our experience we've always seen at least one big bull elephant along with the herd of female elephants and youngs at the waterhole. But the bull typically was kind of "with them" but aside from them. When the herd was leaving the waterhole, the bull was following them later. No doubt he had the duty of protecting the herd.

I have seen at Okakuejo waterhole how a big bull came alone at first. There were 12 giraffes and 8 rhinos (with young) at the moment. One rhino was not happy with elephant arrival and mocked two attacks on him. The elephant just slowly moved about a meter forward and waved his trunk - the rhino backed up quickly and retired to the other side of the waterhole. At this moment the elephant herd arrived.

Again, the bull stayed in one spot, overlooking the herd and left the last. To my regret, I don't have pictures of that encounter - it was in the dark. The waterhole had three floodlights around it, but my Panasonics are not that good at the low light.

Here is the picture of the biggest bull elephant we've seen in our trip. It was a creature of enormous proportions! Looks like at the waterhole (near Springbokfontein) he found a pit with especially greenish-silver mud (which is common at Etosha pan). So, the elephant was walking like a live old bronze statue.

Here you can also see this elephant walk captured on video with our Panasonic FZ7 camera (high resolution version can be found here).

Being busy with the camera, I noticed how this monster was keeping the close eye on us - only later, viewing the video.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-25 11:06]

Hi Nick. I was going to say this fine looking animal looked a bit grren but i can now see why after reading your interesting notes. Once again good detail in the rough looking skin. well done TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-25 11:31]

Hello Nick,
A warm welcome to TN.
This is an amazing shot.
The close crop accentuates the size of this giant.
The "mud-paint" on him makes him look all the more fierce.
Great POV and sharpness.
Your notes told a touching story.
TFS. : )

Hello Nick

Super low POV for this,the elephant makes an imposing figure in the frame.
Razor sharp detail and focus.
The texture of this nold bull is outstanding.
Lovely light and natural colour.
Great job.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-11-25 23:22]

great capture Nick. the skin texture looks very beautiful.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-26 14:15]

This guy seems like he has lichen growing on him :-)
Great sharpness and detail.
Fantastic texture.
Well composed.
Spot-on exposure.

Very well done,

Hi Nick,
Unique image and look. I've never seen a bull elephant walking, that looks like a live old weathered bronze statue.
Great details, colors, and exposure.
Your POV makes him seem larger than life :)
Interesting note - Thank You!

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