28 June 2011

Indian rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park [3]

The rhinoceros waited until we were perched on the fallen tree and the boatman had swung the canoe back out into the river. Then it came trotting down the track and I grabbed a couple of photos. For a first encounter with these wonderful animals, I couldn't have wished for better.

[22 March 2007, Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L IS, ISO 400, 1/1000 at f5.6] 

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Patricia said...

My heart is in my teeth just looking at this image. Beautiful creature but so powerful and dangerous!

pohanginapete said...

Patricia, the sheer massive bulk and power remains one of my overriding impressions. Although this seemed happy to wait for us to get out of the way, I believe a tourist was killed by a rhinoceros there some years ago.

As far as I'm concerned, they have right of way. We're the intruders in their home.

Relatively Retiring said...

That thick inflexible skin seems to allow the vestige of a smile.
Absolutely no dispute about rights of way!

Zhoen said...

The thousand year stare.

pohanginapete said...

RR, that mouth seems so bizarre, and the horn almost vestigial compared to the African species.

Zhoen, everything about them seems old.