Were it not for the red ears, perhaps this kudu bull (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) may never have been spotted. Set in the late afternoon, and catching the last rays of the sun, this bull was spotted some distance away. Technically, it was a challenging shot, but this image shows a typical stance of a kudu on an anthill. The large ears of the kudu serve not only its capacity to hear, but also to cool the body through a network of surface veins which create the reddened appearance of inner ear. The ears may be oriented towards the incoming breeze.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/5.6; 1/750sec; ISO-640; 400mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography