Jaswant Madhavan  

Rhino by Jaswant Madhavan

July 2024 - Rhino

About the Image(s)

We came upon this rhino early one morning on a riverbed in the Sabi Sands Reserve. He was by himself and out for his breakfast. This is one of the times i was a little nervous as I was on the sandy, rock-strewn riverbed, and it's quite difficult to read what's going on in his mind. Most of the time he is minding his own business but, rhinos are famously short-sighted, and I am probably just a blur to him, but any movement on my part, even to move my aching knee from a rock would trigger a change in his attention towards me. The closer he got, the less I could move. The vehicle was not very far but for a charging rhino that was a mere hindrance!! Anyway, after a few minutes he walked behind a boulder, and we took the opportunity to exit right.

Canon R5, EF 200-400 f4, ISO 800 1/800 f5.6. Processed in LR with a vertical crop, color temperature, tonal and contrast adjustments and finished in Nik Color Effex 7.

5 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Great story. You are much braver than me! I didn't notice the bird until I studied the photo. I might see if cropping in closer to focus on the bird looks better. His beak is the most colorful thing here. Stay safe!   Posted: 07/06/2024 14:58:26

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I understand rhinos can be quite dangerous and this one does look like it might be considering a charge. And the ears, wow. They look like they have flowered.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:10:37

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You are much braver than I am! But the eye level shot really makes the composition "pop". The ox pecker also helps to provide some color to the image. Well done.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:17:25

Diane Perry   Diane Perry
I don't have any suggestions for improvement. Well done!   Posted: 07/09/2024 23:46:50

Jaswant Madhavan   Jaswant Madhavan
Thanks all for the comments. This one did not charge, although any movement on the ground was met with a nervous twitch! The red-billed oxpeckers are beautiful. They feast on the ticks on the rhinos and serve as an alarm system as their eyesight is particularly good and the rhino's isn't.   Posted: 07/10/2024 04:49:21


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