Contrast in Heights
The rather unusual photographs of a giraffe and zebra and two giraffe
with an ostrich were taken at Tala Private Game Reserve.
The topography in this malaria-free reserve near Durban on South
Africa's east coast allows one to get pictures of even small animals against
the skyline, something not possible in many game parks.
Giraffe are widespread in Africa and occur in most of the major game reserves and national parks in
East and Southern Africa and have earned an iconic status among the continent's wildlife.
This is understandable as the giraffe is truly unique with the genus containing only a single species,
The giraffe is also the world's tallest animal, with males reaching heights of 5.5 metres (18 ft) from head to toe.
Females give birth standing up because they cannot easily sit or squat - so a baby giraffe starts life with a bump,
being dropped on its head from a considerable height!
The baby is born with horns - another feature unique to giraffes. As males mature, they use their heads to fight so
that the tips of the horns become bald, while the female's horns retain hair on the tips.
When taking close-up shots of a giraffe, remember you'll usually be aiming upwards,
so take care that your camera's
light-meter isn't fooled by the bright sky in the background, thus under-exposing
your subject and leaving you with an unwanted silhouette.
You can also experiment by using your camera's flash in "fill-in" mode, as this will often cause a
highlight or "catchlight" in the giraffe's dark eyes. This always adds some sparkle to wildlife images.
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Giraffe Photos - Bonus Page
Amusing Giraffe Photos
To find out more about giraffes, see:
The Giraffe is Truly Unique
How Giraffes Sort Leaves from Thorns
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