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Hi Friends,

 

I have been reading through the discussions and there have been quite some interesting posts about big tuskers.

 

Even though I am from Sri Lanka , I have been studying about big tuskers since I was a little boy.

 

One of the best books on the subject is by Dr Johan Marais. Which covers most of the big tuskers in South Africa.

 

Regards to weight of east african elephants tusks being less which was posted by a friend in the forum, I have to disagree because the heaviest tusks of a known elephant in recent years was Ahmed. The weights of the magnificent 7 and Ahmed are all there in Johann Marais book, and its clear that Ahmed is way heavier. Also the heaviest pair of tusks are from a tusker killed in the foothills of Mount Killimanjaro.

 

Due to my lifelong interest I made a trip in search of these last giants of Africa.

 

This brought me to Amboseli, which is home to a giant tusker named Tim. He is the biggest bull in the park and has some magnificent pair of Ivory.

 

My search took several days, during which I did see him, but mainly too far away to photograph.

 

I was extremely lucky on my last game drive, when I saw him with a herd in a distance, and decided to park the van and wait patiently. My patience paid off, when the big guy crossed the road in front of me. This is one of the highlights of my life and will treasure this moment for all time.

 

Also in addition to Tim I saw another big tusker, whose name I beleive is Tolstoy.

 

Hope you enjoy the pics.

 

 

Magnificent photo's Rajiv. In Amboseli I saw Dionysus way back in 1998, do you know if he is still alive? he would be extremely old now.

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I was unfamiliar with the background of Tim.

It's very nice of you to explain that and to mention the book by Dr. Johan Marais.

Your strategy of patience in Amboseli, waiting for Tim to pass by was both respectful and ultimately successful.

The photos are GORGEOUS! During three safari visits in three different years to Amboseli, I never attained your level of superb elephant photography.

Thank you so much seeing your images here made my day!

Tom K.

Hi Tom.

Thanks.

Tuskers are of special interest to me since i was little and hence seeing Tim was a childhood dream come true. Not only does he have magnifficent ivory but also hes quite tall. Maybe around 12 feet.

The other bull I think is Tolstoy. He was abit irritated and shook his head. We backed off.

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Natures crowning glory.

Not up to Rajiv' standards but I hope you enjoy them.

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@@rajivwelikala Please feel free to start a new topic of your own in this Subforum. It will be great to have a Sri Lanka wildlife expert keeping us abreast of conservation and wildlife issues there.

 

Many thanks again, Matt

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Hi Friends,

 

I have been reading through the discussions and there have been quite some interesting posts about big tuskers.

 

Even though I am from Sri Lanka , I have been studying about big tuskers since I was a little boy.

 

One of the best books on the subject is by Dr Johan Marais. Which covers most of the big tuskers in South Africa.

 

Regards to weight of east african elephants tusks being less which was posted by a friend in the forum, I have to disagree because the heaviest tusks of a known elephant in recent years was Ahmed. The weights of the magnificent 7 and Ahmed are all there in Johann Marais book, and its clear that Ahmed is way heavier. Also the heaviest pair of tusks are from a tusker killed in the foothills of Mount Killimanjaro.

 

Due to my lifelong interest I made a trip in search of these last giants of Africa.

 

This brought me to Amboseli, which is home to a giant tusker named Tim. He is the biggest bull in the park and has some magnificent pair of Ivory.

 

My search took several days, during which I did see him, but mainly too far away to photograph.

 

I was extremely lucky on my last game drive, when I saw him with a herd in a distance, and decided to park the van and wait patiently. My patience paid off, when the big guy crossed the road in front of me. This is one of the highlights of my life and will treasure this moment for all time.

 

Also in addition to Tim I saw another big tusker, whose name I beleive is Tolstoy.

 

Hope you enjoy the pics.

 

 

Magnificent photo's Rajiv. In Amboseli I saw Dionysus way back in 1998, do you know if he is still alive? he would be extremely old now.

 

Hi

Thanks for the kind words. It was quite an ordeal searching for him. and Really rewarding when I finally got a good encounter. Tim is the biggest bull now. Dionysus died some time back I beleive.

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Snapshot from Kwara:

 

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sunset @ Nxai Pan with Elephant:

 

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Trunkless @ Lebala:

 

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Lagoon:

 

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RE: your trunkless Elephant. I saw one in Murchison falls Nat' pk in 2002, A young bull.He was in a family group & good health feeding along the rivers edge. I was told it was a snare? In Tanzania/Kenya there was a period where Elephants were being seen with the lower part of their trunks half severed.

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Trunk Folded Back While Nursing



Photographed at 4:58 pm on 19 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 200, 1/125 sec., f/4, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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~ A herd of elephants was near the Sand River. Although we parked at a distance, they moved towards us. A mother with a baby were unexpectedly close, seemingly of their own volition.


When the baby began nursing, its trunk bent back so as not to reduce the close contact between its mouth and its mother. Seldom had I observed elephant nursing at such close range.

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Where else but Mana Pools, and on foot to boot? :)

 

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A giant from Etosha...

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On Duba Plains last month!

 

 

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@@KiwiGran we took these at Addo Elephant Park earlier this year. They don't come much smaller than this baby :)

 

The lions only wanted a drink but the big elephant was not having any of it. its a fantastic park with great self catering accommodation. Pen

 

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A summer's afternoon on the Chobe river...

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On the move - Mashatu, Tuli Block

 

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My goodness Ma, what big feet you have?

 

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Don't leave me here alone!

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A summer's afternoon on the Chobe river...

 

 

I like this one a lot more than the one you have with the elephant centered in the composition.

 

The colors are vivid, and the bit of the motion the elephant implies really helps.

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Mud Bath

Feisty

I have some great ones from our recent stays in Kruger and Hluhluwe iMfolozi --

No you can't go to see the lions just yet

 

Elephants at a pond

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@@africapurohit That is the most magnificent photo of the tusker I have ever seen. I can't imagine ever seeing an elephant with such a gigantic tusks in my life.

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That is the most magnificent photo of the tusker I have ever seen. I can't imagine ever seeing an elephant with such a gigantic tusks in my life.

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one last Hluhluwe shot - this lone wanderer shows off the incredible landscape

 

Just took me 24 hours to remember to use the Full editor to upload individual images, instead of to my gallery. Silly me.

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The elephant with no reflection....

 

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Taken across the pool at Kambaku River Sands, Timbavati in May 2016.

Nikon D7100, 16-85mm lens @16mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, 1/800 sec

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Not sure if it works better cropped or not?

 

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(I think not but views welcome)

 

 

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Seen along Chobe riverbanks and while feeding in the river itself.

 

 

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Masai Mara, May 2012

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Just back from hosting an amazing Wild Eye photographic safari at Mwinilunga Safaris' camp in Mana Pools.

Epic light, and epic elephants was the theme (full moon meant daylight predator action was slow).

 

It amazes me how many photographers head to Mana and never discover the magic of shooting into these kinds of conditions at first and last light (then it also amazes me how many photographers are afraid of pointing the camera into the sun as opposed to having the sun nice and comfy over your shoulder) - of course you also need to know where in the albida woodlands you need to be, and you need to have a cooperative subject around to boot. Luck and preparation need to meet!

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Like Morkel, last night I had a bit of luck and a cooperative subject. "One tusk" had spent the last two days on islands, in the morning I was out and met him crossing a channel; sunrise, mist on the water and his exhale hanging like smoke in the air. It was stunning. And I had no camera (we were scouting sleep-out locations). I was absolutely furious with myself. Then in the evening while transfering guests I caught up with him wading to another favourite island. I took a chance and went back after dropping the guests at the lodge. My theory was that he would do what he often does and browse his way up and end up on top of the rocks. Other guests were watching him from the west of the island so I went to the east to shoot against the light.

 

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