Photographer's Note

A young giraffe we encountred late in the afternoon on the Moreswe Pan in the Khutse Game Reserve. It was part of a herd of approximately six giraffes who came down to the pan to drink water at the waterhole. When the herd walked away from us, this one stopped and looked back at us for quite a while, almost like it was daring me to take a photo of it.

I only needed to crop the original photo a little bit. This shot was taken at a focal length of 500mm, which equals 750mm on the Nikon D100 (due to the 1.5x focal multiplication of the digital camera). It was therefore very important to keep the lens as still as possible, so I put the camera on a cushion (my version of a bean-bag), upped the ISO to 250, put the camera on shutter priority and hoped for the best. The shot was taken from a Land Rover at a distance of close to 80 meters, so I am quite pleased with the result.

Giraffe: (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Giraffes are very big animals, and male giraffes weigh between 970 and 1395 kilograms. A giraffe's diet is mainly leaves, but it also eats grass. Its habitat is open woodland to shrubby, dry savannah. An interesting fact about giraffes is When a giraffe walks, the legs on the same side swing simultaneously. And, although they appear clumsy, they can gallop surprisingly fast.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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