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Jan 05, 2017 20:32 |  #1

This female charged us the moment she stepped out of the tall grass. Our driver backed up as fast as he could. Since I had no input on escape, I just took photos. It was hard to hold the camera steady on the bumpy road. This was a false charge, many are, but we were still in the process of leaving when she stopped in a cloud of dust. A zoom lens makes her appear closer than she really was.


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Jan 05, 2017 20:34 |  #2

Congrats on keeping your head & getting a great shot!


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Jan 05, 2017 20:50 |  #3

Is this a common occurrence with elephants??

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Jan 05, 2017 21:05 |  #4

Great shot; way to keep presence of mind to capture it.


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Jan 05, 2017 21:48 |  #5

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This female charged us the moment she stepped out of the tall grass. Our driver backed up as fast as he could. Since I had no input on escape, I just took photos. It was hard to hold the camera steady on the bumpy road. This was a false charge, many are, but we were still in the process of leaving when she stopped in a cloud of dust. A zoom lens makes her appear closer than she really was.
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I think you should have used a wide angle lens and waited for the elephant to get closer to you so you could get more of its sunlit left side! Only joking!!! What a great photo. :)


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Jan 05, 2017 22:00 |  #6

Oh Boy....click click click....great shot.

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Jan 05, 2017 22:23 |  #7

Really liking this shot, well done!


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Jan 05, 2017 22:38 as a reply to  @ dsuitor's post |  #8

Common in some places, not everywhere.

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Jan 06, 2017 05:29 as a reply to  @ dropmyload's post |  #9

Yes, some elephants charge for no reason. Most of these charges, we'll all I have witnessed, were/are false but take care whenever one happens. Nothing is guaranteed.

This was taken at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Cape of South Africa, a huge park more or less right in the middle of the country in the south.

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Jan 06, 2017 05:50 |  #10

A false charge is a warning that you're too close, the second one won't be false!




  
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Jan 06, 2017 10:10 |  #11

A great shot. Where was this ?


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Jan 06, 2017 10:11 |  #12

Sorry, ignore my post. I have now read the thread !


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Jan 06, 2017 11:45 |  #13

Amazing shot. Steady and sharp, especially considering the circumstances. Very cool. Congrats!


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Jan 06, 2017 11:47 |  #14

Very nice shot!


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Jan 06, 2017 14:18 |  #15

Times like this are why you should always carry a big bag of peanuts. Ha

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