Postcards from Kruger: Zebras

Zebras (these are Plains or Burchell’s zebra) are some of our favourite animals to watch and photograph, because no matter how they are standing in relation to the rest of the herd they always form interesting patterns. Kruger has an abundance of zebras, in far bigger herds then I have ever seen. The photos in this post are from two separate zebra sightings.

The first sighting was in the morning on a cooler day. The zebras were alert and energetic.

Zebra Crossing! ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Zebra Crossing! ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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I love this photograph because we had finally left the thorn thickets of the south and were in a more open landscape. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

The second sighting below was in the middle of a very hot, sunny day. You can actually see how the heat is affecting the zebra – they look far more weary.

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This post is part of a series of Kruger National Park posts I will be publishing. It is also part of my daily posts for October 2016 – otherwise known as The October Dash

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I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at https://notesfromafrica.wordpress.com and http://southerncape.wordpress.com (my photoblog)

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14 Comments on “Postcards from Kruger: Zebras”

  1. October 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    Great photos! I love how they rest their heads on another zebra’s back. 🙂
    How big were the herds your saw?

    • October 7, 2016 at 6:28 am #

      Thanks Jackie! 🙂 In the first set of photos, there were about 30 animals in the herd, and in our second sighting there were probably about 60 (it’s difficult to say in that case because they were very spread out on the plain). I read somewhere that family groups within the herd tend to stay close to each other in the bigger herd. One can definitely see smaller groupings within a large herd.

  2. October 6, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Oh how gorgeous… Beautiful images, Lisa and Willie. I also love ‘pyjama donkeys’ – they are always so entertaining to watch. Did Willie use the 150-600 Tamron for these? Does he still have that lens? 🙂

    • October 7, 2016 at 6:10 am #

      In the first set of photos Willie was using the Canon Powershot SX50 (the camera I was using on the trip) as he had the better angle to take the photos. In the second set of photos he was using his DSLR with the Tamron lens, and I was using the Canon SX50. He still loves the Tamron lens, but says he needs another DSLR body to fit his wide-angle lens. Changing lenses in such a dusty environment is tricky (as you’ve also said before). Needless to say if he does get another DSLR I will be “borrowing” it! 😉

  3. Eha
    October 7, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    Oh, I love these!! Can’t pick a favourite . . .’Zebra Crossing’ for the humour; the gorgeous row of bottoms, so evenly patterned or the ‘gossip session’ of whispering secrets across each other’s backs . . . honestly some of the best animal photos ever seen . . .

    • October 7, 2016 at 6:03 am #

      Thanks Eha! 🙂 I can’t pick a favourite either. Willie thought the first photo wasn’t very good, but I also liked the humour of it.

      • Eha
        October 7, 2016 at 7:07 am #

        *smile* I reposted this to the grandmother of a delightful and inquisitive 4-year-old boy – living in the country here: haven’t a clue whether he has seen any such at the Sydney Taronga Zoo as yet: dying to know what he thought of all these ‘stripey’ bottoms on these ‘funny’ horseys . . .

  4. October 7, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    These are such photogenic animals I think – and you have some great photos in this post. I also have a ‘zebra crossing’ photo, with three zebra crossing a road in single file 🙂

    • October 8, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks for your kind comment! 🙂 Is your “zebra crossing” photo on your blog – I’d like to see it?

      • October 10, 2016 at 1:50 am #

        Lisa, I have posted the photo for you, and also two of some cheetahs (https://madoqua.wordpress.com/). I hope you see many of the big cats – they are such stunning animals! And maybe also my all time favourite – a meerkat?

      • October 10, 2016 at 6:21 am #

        Thanks for posting the photos! Ah, you and Willie have something in common there – he’s also a meerkat fan. I don’t think we saw any of those in Kruger though – will have to ask Willie as he went off on his own a couple of times.

  5. October 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    Some of the best wildlife photography I’ve ever seen … and I’ve seen a LOT.

    • October 8, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks for your kind comment Marilyn! 🙂 Willie and I are both amateur photographers, so can’t really compete with the professionals.

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