We completed our second photo safari yesterday. We departed the lodge slightly before sunrise and spent a couple of hours photographing wildlife in the morning light. We saw similar wildlife as I detailed in yesterday’s post titled Hippopotamus (which probably should have been titled Hippopotami). It seemed like giraffe’s were everywhere so I thought that today I would feature a nice giraffe grazing on a tree.
The giraffe’s (Giraffe camelopardalis) name has Arabic roots which translated means “fast-walker”. They can be mostly found in savannas, grasslands and open woodlands through Africa. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Somehow they manage to pick the leaves off the trees while avoiding the thorny branches. Trees in this family are rich in calcium and protein which are needed by the giraffes to sustain their growth rate. In addition, they require less food than other herbivores because the foliage it eats has more concentrated nutrients and it has a more efficient digestive system.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/400th of a second and the ISO set at 400. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.
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