Stretch! Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana by Adrian Paul

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How would you like to have to take up this pose every time you wanted a drink? This is when a young giraffe is at its most vulnerable as it takes time and effort to raise itself up, click its legs together and regain its balance. They will only drink if they think there are no predators nearby.

This image was taken in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Botswana


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africa, animals, giraffe, moremi, okavango, nature

I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • Macky
    Mackyover 5 years ago

    A pose not often caught on camera Adrian, well captured indeed!!

  • It’s not the sharpest shot in the world but I was delighted to get it.

    – Adrian Paul

  • a~m .
    a~m .over 5 years ago

    wow… what angles… and it really shows just how spindly those legs are!!! great capture Adrian.. well done…

  • Thanks for your positive comment. I appreciate the feedback.

    – Adrian Paul

  • a~m .
    a~m .over 5 years ago

    Top Ten

  • Andreas Koepke
    Andreas Koepkeover 5 years ago

    Giraffes are certainly amazing creatures.

    The giraffe’s heart is probably the most powerful among animals, because about double normal pressure is required to pump blood up the giraffe’s long neck to the brain. With such high blood pressure, only special design features prevent it from ‘blowing its mind’ when it bends down to take a drink.

    Taken from this article

  • I loved watching them. This is when they at their most vulnerable so they are very cautious about getting into this position to drink. To get upi they have to quickly snap their legs together. Thanks for the article.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Pene Stevens
    Pene Stevensover 5 years ago

    truly fabulous shot !!!
    as are all your photos… !

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 5 years ago

    Thanks pene. I appreciate your comments.

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    It’s a good thing they are so agile for as long as their legs are. Then they have that beautiful neck to contend with. What was God thinking when He wrote the plans for ththese guys? Instant FAV Barb

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 4 years ago

    Well, he had to create something tall enough to eat the African acacias! LOL. Thankd for adding this to your favourites

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you for your comment, Kay and also for adding this to your favourites.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Adrian!

    4 January 2011 … one image a day

  • Thank you Trish, both for the comment and for adding this work to your favourites.

    – Adrian Paul

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