Behind the Frame – Best Buds

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment



Canon 7D, Canon 300 mm IS f2.8, 1/1250, f/8, ISO 200

Satara, Kruger National Park, South Africa


Photographing Burchell’s zebras is always a joy. Not only are they one of the most beautiful African mammals, but they’re often busy doing something silly or strange: rolling in the dust, pulling their faces or biting and kicking each other without warning.


In this image three zebras are standing in a perfect triangle with each one resting its head on another animal’s back. Apparently touch plays a very important role in zebra social communication, just as it does in horses. These three animals are known as preferred associates and will spend a lot of time touching each other to strengthen their bond. As you can see, their heads are a little bit too far from the tails for this to serve as an anti-fly configuration.

Happy shooting!


Villiers Steyn


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