Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A wildlife photograph in color shows a massive African elephant bull drinking water at sunset. The background is glowing of the last red sunset color combined with the blue hour color. Behind the elephant are two black rhinos standing.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 7 July, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Exposure time: 1/2s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 40mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3456 by 5184 pixels (WxH).

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A massive African elephant is drinking water at a waterhole. The sky has the last glowing sunset colors while the blue hour sets in. Behind the elephant stand two black rhinos on the other side of the water. All three animals show their sides. The fading sunset and moon create a hauntingly beautiful scene under the African night sky. There are also dark silhouettes of a tree. The red, orange, blue, and black colors all cohesively mesh to form a tranquil scene.

While elephants are drinking water, they can hold 12 liters in their trunk. Male African elephants, we also call “bachelors” or “bulls.” They leave the matriarchal herd when they reach sexual maturity. As a result, they compete for dominance. Bulls spend their time in small groups of other males or spend time alone. They are known to be solitary. As seen in the African Elephant Drinking Water, the bull is alone. Bulls have a musth gland on both sides of their head with that they secrete musky substance once a year to attract females for mating. Indeed that musth period includes erratic behavior, aggression, and dominant displays. African elephant bulls use loud vocalizations.

African elephants, Loxodonta africana, are in category vulnerable in the IUCN list.

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