Drinking deeply by Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

Canon 60D, 100-400L, 360mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400

While a giraffe’s (Giraffa camelopardalis) height gives them a marked advantage in spotting predators and reaching favoured vegetation, it certainly doesn’t translate into a bonus when it comes to drinking! Their vulnerablility is greatly heightened when they have to drop down in stages to reach the waters edge. This does translate into a photographers delight however as they come down to our level and nervously sip, bounding into the upright at the least whiff of danger. As always, the redbilled oxpeckers are there
in attendance taking full advantage of the ever present smorgesboard of parasites and ticks.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    With Oxpecker in flight too, wonderful capture Dan!!

  • Thanks so much Macky!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 2 years ago

  • EbiEmporium
    EbiEmporiumover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture, Dan :) So cute!!

  • Thanks so much Julia!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

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  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    Wow this is wonderful, superb job Dan and congrats with the feature!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you so very much Jo!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 2 years ago

    love to be a fly on your shoulder dan … all these remarkable places and remarkable creatures .. well done with the wee birdie in full flight – it must have been a hard sun

  • I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been priviledged to see and experience so much. Glad to share the wonder of these places through my lense. Fortunately the oxpecker decided to take off as I pressed the shutter=).

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

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