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It's drinking time !!


It's drinking time !!
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Fuji Velvia 100F
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-24 11:47
Viewed: 6701
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Everybody knows elephants, so I here include some info about the park where this pic has been taken. (Picture taken from a boat, film scansion)

Liwonde National Park

It is Malawi's best for Wildlife. It is located on the Shire River - a tribuitatary of the Zambezi - and as a result is rather long a thin. You can drive your own vehicle into the park, but you're limited to the main road (in the wet season this is often impassable) and a couple of small detours. There is a luxury camp in the Park - "Muvu" (Muvu is Chichewa for Hippo) the price includes three excelent meals, two game activities - usually a morning boat trip on the Shire and a game drive which starts in daylight and after a "sundowner" on the river becomes a night drive - means that it's pretty good value.

Animal wise you're guarenteed to see hippos and crocodiles. Seeing them like this (out of the water) is easier when the river is lower and more of the sand banks are above the water. But you can also see plenty of elephant, impala water buck, and baboons. Less common are sable, kudu and bushbuck and the bird life, being on a river, is also plentiful. Cats are more difficult, there are often rumours of lion, but usually if they're seen they are at the far eastern end of the park where none of the game drives get to - they come in from Mozambique. Leopards exist and can be spotted on the night drives.

However, it's the sort of park where one day you can see nothing one day and everything the next, it really is pot luck. Viewing is far better in the dry season - especially at the end of the river as many of the larger animals come down to drink.

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Hi Andrea,
perfect shot for you - elefantino!
I like these majestic animals - and with the grass between you and them it looks, like you were hiding on your low POV.
Very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-24 12:47]

Great moment captured, Andrea.
Fantastic POV. From a boat, huh? Amazing!
Your safari sounds wonderful.
Wonderful poses, sharp details, excellent light.
TFS. : )

con il 300? ma daģ, fossi stato in te avrei usato il 20 e mi sarei avvicinato molto di pił!!!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-24 16:24]

Very beautiful capture, Andrea!
Indeed a very private and beautiful moment you managed to capture here. Very well done.
Splendid colors, excellent sharpness and a very nice POV.
All-in-all a great picture.
Bravo and TFS
Horia

Perfect! I have suspicion that you are too close to them!?

Great shot Andrea,
It is so nice to see elephants damp, cool and drinking. so often they and their environment looks so dry and hot. What a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing.

Evelynn : )

Hello Andrea,
Interesting capture of these elephants drinking! Nice POV, great composition and excellent details. TFS!

Bella foto di famiglia! Molto simpatica!
Vedo che stai entrando nella realtą africana.... beato te!
Ciao.
Franco

Good morning Andrea,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

Andrea,

Excellent POV and detail shown. TFS,
Sheriff

Hi Andrea, I like this family shot. The low POV really works here and your exposure has worked to produce great detail and colour. You've produced a nice composition and there is something about the baby in the middle that is just adorable. Nicely done :)

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