Elephant Energy

Morkel Erasmus Uncategorized 1 Comment

Young elephant bulls are great fun to photograph. They are boisterous, exuberant, silly and cocky all at the same time. This make for a very fulfilling subject as far as wildlife viewing and wildlife photography is concerned.

During the Wild Eye Chobe Photo Safari I hosted back in March of this year, we came across a herd of elephants drinking on our first afternoon in the infamous “Elephant Bay”. This herd included two particular young bulls who just couldn’t leave each other alone. They were play-fighting for much of the time we spent with the herd. Photographing from on our specialised photographic boat, we were able to maneuver the boat constantly to stay abreast of the action.

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Wildlife behaviour between individuals of the same species or between individuals of differing species always makes for thrilling and interesting photography. Nailing that “moment” is what many wildlife photographers strive for. Spending time with your subject and learning to predict its behaviour is key to capturing those moments. These images are all from a 30-minute window on the first afternoon of our safari – and we had 4 full days of watching young elephant bulls doing this!

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The Chobe river that runs between Chobe National Park in Botswana and the Caprivi strip in Namibia is an area that is on top of the list when it comes to elephant density and the potential to observe elephant behaviour up close and personal. Doing that from a water-based perspective is even better. There’s still time for you to join our remaining Chobe photo safaris for the 2014 season.

If this safari calls to you but you are not a short-notice traveler, however, you can have a look at the 2015 dates that have also been released.

 

Morkel Erasmus

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