These elephant (Loxodonta africana), apparently a nursery herd, were not quite so excited about their visit to the water hole as was yesterday’s subject. After taking a long drink, elephants normally use their trunks as a hose to douse their entire bodies with water from the hole, often mixing up the mud and sludge in the process. The youngest of this herd was probably not much beyond a few months in age. A full grown elephant will feed for sixteen hours a day, and will dump about 150 kg. of dung in 24 hours, defecating almost two hourly, along their path. This proved to be a rather difficult shot, with the glaring background, which seems a little burnt out in places.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/7.1; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 180mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography