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Elephant & Water

Elephant & Water
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-30 11:19
Viewed: 2786
Points: 4
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We were sitting in our favourite spot at the Ungwenyeni water hole when this elephant came to get a drink. He was splashing the water over himself, blowing bubbles in the water hole and finally started to drink.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

Elephant drinking

Elephants trunk is not a drinking-straw, with the help of their unique lung physiology they suck up about 10 liters of water into their trunk, and blows the water into the mouth. In the nature elephants go to water holes or lakes in the early morning and in evening at dusk, often combined with bathing.
During winter, they may drink only once, in the middle of the day,
Most often, they try to drink as clean water as possible, often digging until they reach water which has been filtered through the sand.
Normally, they do not bother to drink in company of other elephants, or other species, but in situations of draught they loose their altruistic nature and they may protect their water against other species, and they can even push away elephant calves from their water-hole.

How much do elephants drink?

Adult elephants drink between about 70 and 200 litres/day, depending on the temperature.

Source: Elephant Encyclopedia

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Hi Natley,

What a very good action shot you have here today Natley, nice curled trunk with the water falling down,
Good sharpness and a very nice capture indeed,
Well done and TFS,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Natley,
Agréable scène de la vie sauvage restituée sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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