Further on from a conversation about photographing dangerous game that a friend started with her scary White Lion staredown photo I thought I’d post a pic of a White Rhino in flight. Just make sure you are not also taxiing on the runway ahead of him…
The white rhinoceros is quick and agile and can run 50 km/h (31 mph). Weight in this animal typically ranges from 1,360 to 3,630 kg (3,000 to 8,000 lb). The male, averaging 2,300 kg (5,100 lb) is heavier than the female, at an average of 1,700 kg (3,700 lb).
Yes that’s a 2.3 Tonne Tank airborne…I kinda wished he was looking my way when I got this shot, but in hindsight maybe not!
I photographed him in a Nature Reserve in South Africa and was seated in my tin can 4×4 that weighs a little less than him. One minute the two were grazing grass very peacefully and the next second they took off in a major hurry. You have to see it to believe the pace and hear the sound reverberate off their feet. Needless to say I generally stay quite far from them as a precaution.
Shot details: Nikon D90 and Sigma 100-300mm F/4 EX IF HSM @300mm.
ISO-800 | f/9 | 1/1250s | EV -0.7 | Post Processing in part with Topaz Labs.
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
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