An unusual photographic opportunity of Plains Zebra (Equus quagga – Shona: duve; Ndebele: udube) in courtship. The Zebra is the product of some 60 million years of evolution and none of that would have happened without a little copulation here and there. The Burchell’s Zebra forms into single-male harem groups which are not necessarily territorial, and being nomadic in nature. Harem females maintain a dominance hierarchy and usually continue to associate with the harem group, even if the stallion changes. The mare in this image is displaying a very typical mare-in-heat face, common during estrus, which lasts 5-10 days. The stallion of this species usually participates in gentle courtship through mutual grooming and commonly resting the chin on the back of the croup.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM +1.4x III; 1/1,250 sec; f/4.0; ISO 200; 280mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
British born social photographer John Rankin Waddell, better known simply as Rankin, is a contemporary portrait and fashion photographer who also publishes fashion and related magazines. He is well known for donation of his services to high profile charity work. Rankin has written several books.
“There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual.”
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