Three Oryx, mum dad & junior, meander towards the rising sun in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Silky insect threads glisten as they catch the morning breeze. I could have watched this scene all day.
Whilst the Oryx depend on flight as their main defence against predators their horns, especially those of the male, are formidable weapons. Mess with them at your peril.
This barren wilderness probably wouldn't support the multitude of wildlife it does if it wasn't for the Ewaso Ng'iro river that runs through the reserve creating a green oasis along its banks. It's source is the western side of Mount Kenya which, at well over 5000m high, provides a water source all year round.
If like me you've been fed on a diet of safari parks i.e. captive animals in fenced grounds you genuinely have to keep pinching yourself when you see these animals in the wild. I was genuinely expecting a keeper to come along and throw them a bag of feed!
Original jpeg straight from the camera with minor tweaking in photoshop including a small crop. Fuji X-E2 with 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 (effective focal length 600mm), aperture f8, exposure 1/750 sec, ISO 800.
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