By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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The beautifully shot pictures of the herd gathering around a watering hole for a midday drink were taken by Frankfurt based IT manager, Dirk Rüter in Etosha National Park, Namibia during a hot September’s day.
Right in the middle of the dry season, the water is a scarce resource and the towering animals make the most of it.
Dirk said: “All animals have to come to the few waterholes in the park to drink regularly. While the scenery is all dry without any green vegetation and a bit bleak, this is the ideal season to watch and photograph wildlife.
“We spent the whole day driving through the park and waiting for hours at the waterholes to see who was coming for a drink.
“We learned that it pays to be patient and wait some time. On one of these occasions after waiting some time at a seemingly deserted waterhole, the giraffes started coming out of the bush.
“If you're shooting wildlife, it's always more interesting to capture some of the natural behaviour of the animals. The way giraffes drink is really amazing. They are extremely careful because when they are bent down, legs stretched out, they are vulnerable for attacks from predators like lions.
“It can take a long time of looking around and making sure nothing harmful is near until they finally decide to drink. When they finally do, it looks like an artistic exercise, until those tallest animals on earth get their head lowered down to the water level.
“From a photographic standpoint, the late afternoon light and the reflections of the animals in the water just made it perfect.”