Elephant High Fibre Diet

The photographer came across these two elephants chewing away at the fibres of a freshly fallen baobab tree, which became a source of food during the latter part of the dry season in Mana Pools. Being on foot, one could not get too close or work a better, more creative angle, for fear of aggravating the bull elephant. The image, which was taken at totally the wrong time of the day, and while on a rather exhausting hike, does no justice to the size of the bull elephant chewing on that tree stump. The fallen tree was huge! This was taken in a typical Mopani forest area, just before the first rains and the rise of the sap when trees blossom into leaf and flower.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


2 thoughts on “Elephant High Fibre Diet

  1. Its not always about getting the best shot – instead its about being able to experience the bush and its inhabitants. Yet despite it being the “wrong”time of day the baobab is glowing and one can almost hear the crunch of the ele’s chewing. Needed to have been in Mana for longer 🙂

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