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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, 1/1000 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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Category: Behaviour: Mammals
Stage reached: Semi-Final

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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Just wonderful as always my friend.

  • Thanls a lot mate, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    A well captured moment, great exposure and annotation to the image.

  • Thank you very much David, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot. I think I’d be so enthralled with the scene that I’d forget to take the picture. LOL

  • Don’t worry Linda, they were “necking” for more than ten minutes. Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    STUNNING CAPTURE!

  • Thank you very much Magaret, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    How lucky you were to see this, did they both come out of it alright?
    Amazing colours in the photo.

  • Many thanks Helen! Yes they both came out alright…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you very much Vadim!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago


    24/07/10

  • Thanks a lot Helen, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    July 28, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You’re very welcome Konstantinos

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