A small part of a herd of elephants (Loxodonta africana) settle in for a mud bath at a waterhole in Mana Pools National Park. Elephants can go without water for a few days, but generally visit available water daily to consume fluids and then take a mud bath in the shallows. Some elephants submerge themselves entirely, poking out a trunk to replenish air supplies. This pan was set within a Mopani forest and had survived the dry season, but was slowly drying up.
(Canon 50D; f/7.1; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 80mm)
Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography