Fourteen Bulls and a Webcam!

20130405 - Collage Elephants TEP - B

This is a collage of the fourteen different Elephant Bulls I observed at the “Masahlela” waterhole at Tembe Elephant Park. Last Friday all of them came to drink at the waterhole between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

If you want to have a look yourself you can tune into their 24hr webcam at the waterhole – just remember that South Africa is 6 hours before New York Time (EST) and 2 hours before London Time (GMT): http://www.tembe.co.za/webcam.htm

webcam

Also, check out my Friday’s blog post for more images: https://christiansperka.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/fill-up-get-cool-and-move-on/

Fill up, get cool and move on!

Imagine you are an Elephant Bull living at Tembe Elephant Park.

It is midday and you are due for a service 🙂  You move to the largest of the
waterholes …

1 - 20130405 - CS2_8738 - E

… and fill up with fresh water while some human tourist watch you 
drinking…

3 - 20130405 - CS3_1100 - E

… you meet a few of your pals, some of them friendly and some of them are ready for a fight…

2 - 20130405 - CS2_8931 - E

… you finish your drink and do a little light sparring…

4 - 20130405 - CS3_1205 - E

… you move on to the “cool down” mud bath. Some big shots are in front of you so you have to wait your turn…

5 - 20130405 - CS3_1111 - E

… what a great feeling to cool down in the heat of the day …

6 - 20130405 - CS3_1065 - E

… you chase a Wildebeest around a bit – just for fun …

7 - 20130405 - CS2_8683 - E

… and have a little dust shower…

8 - 20130405 - CS3_0902 - E

… and now it is time you move back into the bush to continue your on-going
meal (about 350kg per day).

20130405 - CS2_8531 - E

🙂

Today I have observed this scenario 14 times at Tembe Elephant Park. All 14 bulls adhered to the same procedure – creatures of habit!

Have a good weekend!

Wildlife Photography – Basic Rule Number 2 – Shoot a lot – Waste Space!

Rule Number 2 – Shoot a lot – Waste Space!

Give up your old “film” habits and shoot a lot. I often take dozens of pictures of one scene. Like humans animals have “good” and “bad” expressions and postures. Shooting a lot and selecting the right image later on your computer will get you there. In a four hour game drive I will sometimes shoot 500 images.

Don’t worry about all the “bad” pictures you take, the good ones will make up for it!

Sparring
Two Elephant bulls sparring at Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

This was part of a large series of images. Only a few of them I would ever show to anyone!