Elephant ‘Jungle book’, Third Bridge, Moremi National Park, Botswana

 

Junglebook herd, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Junglebook herd, Moremi National Park, Botswana

With so many elephant photos taken already, I wanted to ease on that. What other environment or situation could possibly provoke my finger to push the button. Will there be a different facial expression or scenario? Besides, we just had an exhausting and nerve wrecking morning under Zimba’s hood. I wasn’t really in photo mode. I was proven wrong once more.

Hiding behind termite mounds, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Hiding behind termite mounds, Moremi National Park, Botswana

It actually took a while for any animal to appear today, but this large bull with broken ivory,

One tusk bull, Moremi National Park, Botswana

One tusk bull, Moremi National Park, Botswana

standing within termite mounds was worth a few photos. It took all afternoon near ‘Third Bridge Campground’ for my next elephant candidate to appear. There’s dust in the air, this could be interesting.

Kicking up dust, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Kicking up dust, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This one was rather busy picking out grass from the soil. To conserve energy, he grabbed some grass with his trunk and kicked the roots out off the soil.

Feeding technique, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Feeding technique, Moremi National Park, Botswana

A rather interesting, but useful technique. That was all the movement done, he didn’t move forward at all while I was watching him. It was a hot day after all. 

Typical bridge in Okavango Delta, Kwai Region, Botswana

Typical bridge in Okavango Delta, Kwai Region, Botswana

It came to no surprise that my next candidate was in the water. Just before ‘Third Bridge Campground’ is actually the third bridge to cross. One wonders if these wooden stacks would hold the weight of any car, but so far, so good. An overflow needs to be crossed and after this mornings scenario, I decided to walk through. To be sure, to be sure. I returned to Zimba and heard a splashing sound from the water.

Youngsters in between reed, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Youngsters in between reed, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Investigating further, I saw this young elephant having the time of his life, slowly moving through the high reeds for a feed.

Dinner with a smile, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Dinner with a smile, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Munching and plunging all in once, dodging and diving, smiling all the way. How cute was this one? I looked carefully around to see if any other members of his herd were around, as it is unusual for elephants of his size to be alone.

Yumm, yumm, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Yumm, yumm, Moremi National Park, Botswana

No further movement in the waters was detected. No other car needed to cross either, bonus. I reversed Zimba to a reed free spot and climbed on top the roof with the OM-D in my hand.

Mhhh, what a cutie, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Mhhh, what a cutie, Moremi National Park, Botswana

And OM-D, what a pleasure it was watching him. I took a few videos as a photo of water wouldn’t explain his diving skills. Full body under water, plugging some juicy reed and happily stuffing his mouth. 5-star dining for this one. The sun meanwhile set on the other side and a safari vehicle needed to cross the bridge. Just mind blowing Elephant encounters here at the Okavango Delta.

Elephants from the Junglebook, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Elephants from the Junglebook, Moremi National Park, Botswana

After some incredible giraffe encounters this morning, I came across this tiny, mud-lined waterhole. This story is about 4 elephant bachelors coming right out of the jungle book. These guys were on a mission to cool down from the midday heat.

Captain, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Captain, Moremi National Park, Botswana

There was Captain,

Sergeant, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant,

Private, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Private, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Private,

Dopy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Dopy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

and Dopy. Dopy was rather triste looking and I was wondering why.

Toothache, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Toothache, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Maybe he had a toothache as both of his tusks had broken off?

Lovesick?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Lovesick?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Has he been rejected by the love of his life or his rival beat him to the challenge?

Did he loose his rank?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Did he lose his rank?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Maybe he used to be the leader of this gang?

Shaky balance, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Shaky balance, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Or maybe he had a few Amarula fruits and cured his hangover? Was he drunk?

Full off energy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Full off energy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Meanwhile, Captain had quenched his thirst and moved on for dessert.

Sergeant on a mud mission, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant on a mud mission, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant was full of energy too, moving on for a mud bath.

Private’s mud shower, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Private’s mud shower, Moremi National Park, Botswana

 

Private, who had longer tusks then Dopey, happily sprayed muddy waters over his body.

I just wanted to give him a big hug to cheer him up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

I just wanted to give him a big hug to cheer him up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Dopy? Nope. Same place, same expression, just a bit off trunk action.

Zebra looking on, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Zebra looking on, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Even the zebras didn’t cheer him up.

Spraying his Privates, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Spraying his Privates, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Now it was Private’s turn for the mud shower. Energetically spraying mud behind his ears, on his back and appearing genitalia. Some itchy relief at last.

Sergeant trying to cheer Dopy up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant trying to cheer Dopy up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sergeant meanwhile tried to move Dopy and the rest of the gang on, but Dopy had none of that.

Captains return, time to March on, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Captains return, time to March on, Moremi National Park, Botswana

When Captain returned from his feeding frenzy, he blew the whistle and all moved on.

On the move at last, Moremi National Park, Botswana

On the move at last, Moremi National Park, Botswana

However Dopy didn’t get far. Another shower was needed before even he got into the mud bath.

One last mud shower, Moremi National Park, Botswana

One last mud shower, Moremi National Park, Botswana

He seemed to enjoy that, not recognizable on his facial expression.

Moving back in to the jungle book, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Moving back into the jungle book, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The rest had moved on,

Full body shake, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Full body shake, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Private showing what he’s got, shaking his whole body.

One last view, Moremi National Park, Botswana

One last view, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Eventually, Dopy followed his fellow compatriots back into the jungle book.

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