Olympus E 520, 1/400, f5.6, ISO 200

Views: 501 May 15, 2013

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If there ever was a living, breathing poster child for brute force and ignorance, it would have to be the rhino (Ceratotherium simum). Weighing in at somewhere between 3 and 4 tons, these massive armoured brutes are a sight to behold. The amazing thing is they only have a brain a little larger than the body size of the accompanying oxpeckers. Someone has remarked that the rhino does something, then 10 minutes later thinks about what they just did! Armed with acute senses of smell and hearing helps to overcome the handicap of very poor eyesight. However, having sensed the presence of a potential threat, in a sad comical way, the rhino will often thrash about trying to sort out what the threat is that they’ve smelt or heard, but can’t see. Heaven help you if you have the unfortunate luck to be in the direct path of his most expeditious route of exit from the situation!

Hluhluwe reserve, South Africa


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Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    Crikey Dan, I’d buy a whole book of your SIDE notes, for their succinctness and informative, fascinating, and often amusing summing up of the subjects you photograph, let alone the beautiful pictures.
    Love the low angle of this shot which emphasizes the huge bulkiness of the animal, with the lovely clear side-on view of the little bird on his leg, the bright red beak on the one on his horn ~C

  • Dan MacKenzie
    Dan MacKenzieover 4 years ago

    LOL..you’re going to give me a bloated sense of self importance Carol =D. Really glad you get so much enjoyment out of my photography and notes.

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot — I agree with Carol your notes are great.

  • Great!…glad you’re enjoying them, eaglewatcher

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessover 4 years ago

    Love the ox pecker

  • They were definitely a good part of what attracted me to try grab a good shot of the Rhino.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Beautiful close up of a Rhino under lovely lighting! Enjoyed reading the information you provided as well! : )

  • Thanks Sandy!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    An amazing capture!

  • Thanks Joycee!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Dan MacKenzie
    Dan MacKenzieover 4 years ago

    thanks Joycee!

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 4 years ago

    Fantabulous….I’m still chuckling over the info….

  • Always happy to cause a chuckle….how can you not laugh just looking at these guys?!?

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Adrian!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Magaret!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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