Baboons Basking

A male and a female Chacma baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) bask in the last afternoon sun at the side of a water hole. The female has swollen callosities which is an indication of oestrus, usually deep pink when the female is expectant and paler when in lactation. Baboons have a complex social structure and grooming plays a significant role in this process. Observation of which animal groom which and the ease or tension of the process tells the observer much about the ‘pecking order’ within the troop.
(Canon 50D; f/6.3; 1/250sec; ISO-1000; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography