Too close!

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus)


A tuskless bull photographed on the edge of Udawalawe NP.

I took this image with a 70mm lens in a crouching position -it sounds daring but in fact part of the park boundary runs along the edge of a main road/agricultural land where an electric fence prevents elephants from straying out into cultivations. I simply took this image through the fence.


Since taking this image I have been advised that the electric fence is not a reliable barrier and in retrospect my actions were foolhardy!


Image re-worked and framed by a friend.

Al JC, Inzievar and 2 more people faved this
  • Buspass 5y

    Sounds like a sensible place to be. It's a great image. You don't see head on picttures so ofteen.
  • Al JC PRO 5y

    Very nice shot. Beautiful colour.
  • Jan Willem Steffelaar PRO 5y

    Well, you may better trust on the fence with this giant looking at you. If it gets really angry, any fence must be just a minor obstacle for an animal that easily uproots trees? Anyhow, your daring action resulted in a great photograph!
  • Inzievar 5y

    This great shot was seen in the Group
    Running Like the Wind
  • ChandimaG 5y

    It is always advisable never to trust the fence. It is said if the vegetation touches the fence, it might have a grounding effect-weakening the electric power to deter an elephant.
    Please see some discussions on the Uda Walawe fence and the elephants here:

    This is a lovely photo. But please be careful of the wild animals.
    Thank you for enjoying our lovely country.
  • Steve Garvie PRO 5y

    Thanks for the comment and the advice Chandima -I take heed of what you say and don't think I'll repeat this action again!!!
    (My wife also thought I was stupid and foolhardy!)

    Having followed your link I see that close approach reliant on protection from the fence is indeed risky. I hadn't realised that these elephants approach the fence expecting food and may not be happy if they don't get it. I now feel a bit of a fool but luckily not a squashed fool!
    Thanks again.
  • Danilo Carradori 5y

    Che bestia maestosa!!! Complimenti per la ripresa!!!!
4 faves
Taken on July 28, 2009
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 70.0 mm
  • 1/250
  • 100
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 1 album

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context