Sitting Elephant

by Mike Rex

Driving towards Tshokwane we decided to have a look at Leeupan. This young elephant was ambling across the well worn open turning circle so I chose a spot where we could see him walk past and switched off the car.

He altered direction and moved towards a puddle which really didn't have much water or mud to speak of. After making the most of the available mud he started maneuvering in a strange way and I realized that he was going to try and roll in the mud.
When he sat down he must have realized that the puddle wasn't deep enough because he stood up again, turned and wandered off... I like this picture because of the unusual view I got of him at that angle!

Comments for Sitting Elephant

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 30, 2011
Animal behaviour
by: Jenny

Mike, thank you for sharing your picture and story with us. We are sometimes so wrapped up in watching their behaviour that we forget to take the picture, so well done on getting this shot of the elephant in action. Mario and I love watching animal behaviour and always find it rewarding when we get a great shot of a them doing something funny or unusual.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Skukuza.

"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" -, USA