This elephant (Loxodonta africana), having had its fill of water, takes a shower, sucking up muddy water from the pan and flipping it up into the air behind its left ear with an amazing degree of accuracy. This is such typical activity at a waterhole and can often make for some wonderful elephant shots. Often, when away from water, elephants will do much the same thing with dust, although it is not unknown for elephants to do this after taking a wet shower too.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 170mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Consider what the subject of your photograph will be, zoom in and out, compose, fire many shots. Wildlife photography does not always present the option to change your angle of view, it is often an opportunist shot, so make the best of your capture angle by carefully composing the subject in the frame and then using different focal lengths, keeping mind what the subject of your shot is. Most importantly keep shooting! Some wildlife photographers will consume many memory cards in a single day.