Interesting Elephant Behaviour - Roger and Pat de la Harpe Photography

We were working at Mashatu Game Reserve on a book project (African Icons) and spent some time in their hide (blind, for the USA readers). One afternoon we were quietly shooting some eland having a peaceful drink at the waterhole, when all of a sudden this elephant charged into the scene, scattering the small herd of eland, and then proceeded to have a drink of water himself! Why I wonder... There was plenty of space at the waterhole and the eland were certainly not a threat.

Anyone have any ideas?

Photo details: Nikon D800 and 80 - 400 VRII Lens. 1/1600 sec at f5, ISO 200 and -⅔ exposure compensation.


Common eland , also known as the southern eland or eland antelope (Taurotragus oryx) being chased away from a waterhole by and African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana). Mashatu Game Reserve. Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Botswana


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