Bull Elephant Beginning Musth


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This week we have an elephant (Loxodonta africana) theme. When you visit what I might suggest is an intimate wild life area, such as Mana Pools National Park, one gets to know the characters of the wild, since you bump into them frequently. We tend to give them labels and in this image we have one of the delinquent bulls of the park, commonly referred to as JD. We caught up with this bull early in the morning… his temporal gland was weeping slightly so presumably he was in the early stages of musth (although the weeping can occur outside musth) and, yes, that is what you think it is. Many post-pubescent bulls develop a condition now commonly referred to as green penis syndrome (GPS) and urine dribbling during musth; a sure sign to steer clear.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III /EF70-200mm IS II USM +1.4x; 1/160 sec; f/8; ISO 100; 98mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Inevitably, the wildlife photographer needs to change a lens while in the field. More established photographers carry more than one camera to handle a longer range of focal distances, but if you have to change lenses, switch off the camera and attempted to do this in a wind/dust shelter if possible. Use a camera bag or a jacket as a shelter to protect the equipment from wind and dust.

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One thought on “Bull Elephant Beginning Musth

  1. Poor lad….and keep out the way for everyone else. We were chased a full km backwards in KNP last year, by a big bull in full glory.

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