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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest animal in the world, reaching up to 5.5 m. height and the biggest ruminant (up to 1,900 kg weight). Male giraffes often fight by necking. Battles can be fatal, but are more often less severe, generally ending when one giraffe surrenders to the other. The longer the neck, and the heavier the head at the end of the neck, the greater the force a giraffe is able to deliver in a blow. After a necking duel, a giraffe can land a powerful blow with his head, occasionally knocking a male opponent to the ground. These fights rarely last more than a few minutes or end in physical harm.
Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of these majestic animals.

  • Thanks a lot William!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Ann, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    Your Giraffe photos are always awesome I love the POV well done my friend !!!

  • Many thanks Karen, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ZinaImage
    ZinaImageover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Congrats on the feature

  • Thanks a lot Wayne!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Well captured Konstantinos, some wonderful contrasts and textures

  • Thanks a lot David, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Josie, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Kon!

  • Thank you very much Martin, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago
    • Nicely done Konstantinos !
  • Thank you Bradley!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4over 4 years ago

    Beautiful image! Glad you caught them before the fight!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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