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Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 100mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 472 Sept 3, 2013

Featured in: Artists universe, Amateur photographer

One of the things that makes Africa so much of a thrill for me is the fact that it engages so many senses made dull by living in a modern world. At first glance, this shot appears to consist of a buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and an elephant (Loxodonta africana). But look deeper as there’s so much more of a story happening here. How about the two oxpeckers hitching a ride while looking for an easy meal of parasites and ticks on the back of the buffalo; the 3 elephants…2 delighting in the flying mud bath they’re creating and the baby down on it’s haunches, face buried in the mud because it’s too small to know how to use it’s trunk yet. And then there’s the battle scared buffalo with his broken horn, an old veteran known as a ‘dagga’ boy, seriously dangerous and cantakerous…..and he’s just turned to investigate the slight noise of my camera coming from our hiding spot. With this kind of action, who needs the movies!!

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Artwork Comments

  • carol brandt
  • Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
  • Magriet Meintjes
  • Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
  • Magriet Meintjes
  • Magriet Meintjes
  • Magriet Meintjes
  • Mary Sedici
  • Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
  • dgscotland
  • Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie
  • Rene Hales
  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
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