Elephant Charge

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Probably one of the photographer’s better pictures in 2011. This was the end of a mock charge run by a bull elephant (Loxodonta africana), which had become annoyed with the small group walking some distance from it. It is not always possible to tell if a charge is ‘mock’ or otherwise, and many theories abound about the difference between the real and the mock charge. The photographer obviously counted his blessing after taking this shot!

This image won a Merit Award in the 2012 George W Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, a North American Club competition, in the Mammals-Large Herbivores Category.
(Canon 50D; f/7,1; 1/200sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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17 thoughts on “Elephant Charge

  1. Great Balls of Fire, Your Life Insurance Policy must be up to date !!!!!! Trunk curled, ears out, meant business. Was your attire alright after the even????
    All said a truly excellent shot

  2. Impressive…..I suppose after facing our “Long Faced Bastards”, the odd elephant charge……..Hmnn!

  3. Well deserved win in the competition, when does a mock turn into the real thing??????????

  4. Wow!!! Well done, Andy, for such a great shot and for winning the Merit Award….and most of all, for you and your guide standing your ground in the face of the charging bull elephant! Super!! 🙂

  5. This is a great shot Andrew. Good depth of field, lovely light on the ele’s face, perfect focus. These are such delightful moments and this is a wonderful record of one. Deserved its place in the competition.


  6. Andy…….quite something when you told me about it I did not realize you were this close! Well deserved prize, well done.

  7. Well done, Ferod. Can’t wait to tell Carol. She’s so sick of UBHS achievements. Bellyache.

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