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Zebra Photographs

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Zebras make really interesting subjects and I have been fortunate to create some wonderful Wildlife Prints.

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stallion stands in front of his herd

My favourite destination to photograph these striped animals is Etosha National Park, Namibia. There are many thousands of Zebra within this arid Park. I have photographed them grazing in long winter grass on the plains and as they crossed the barren salt pans.

My favourite waterhole in Etosha to observe these herbivores is Salvadora on the edge of the Salt pan. They arrive mid morning to quench there thirst. The small family groups find security by merging together as they walk towards the waterhole. There is safety in numbers, a lot more ears and eyes to watch for predators. Of course having dominant males so close to each you will be guaranteed of some action. As males try and dominate each other and maybe kidnap a female or two.

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zebra stallions fight for rights to females

Once they reach the waterhole they will wade in to the water so they can drink the cleaner water. The zebra will be very skittish while drinking which results in some of the zebra panicking and quick retreat for all from the water. This will result in lots of action with water, hooves, manes and bodies in a chaotic state.

When the Zebras have calmed down and quenched there thirst they will head back to the grazing areas. If you can position yourself nicely you will get some lovely photos of Zebras in a line with the Stallion at the front. When they start grazing you can then hone in for tight compositions resulting in striking black and white Zebra prints.

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Plains Zebra profile looking at stalk of grass

Pains Zebra Stallion stops and stands in front of herd

 

Zebra photographs will look good as both colour photos or black & white prints.

You can buy Peters Wildlife Photos

Peter Delaney fineartwilderness.com

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