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Elephants from a Bunker – Photographs by J&B Photographers

A mighty African elephant sways its trunk inches away from the lens, investigating the human smells emanating from a three foot high rectangular slit. Cramped inside the low concrete bunker, South African photographers Jill Sneesby and Barry Wilkins capture spectacular low angle shots of elephants and other wild visitors to the waterhole.

“It is quite safe down the bunker”, says Jill, “though when you are inside, your view covers about 120 degrees in front and you have no idea what animals might be approaching from behind. The bunker opening is too small for an elephant, but a lion could certainly fit through, so one person always stays outside in the vehicle to keep a look out for lions or other predators. When it comes to time to leave for the day, we sometimes need to wait patiently for animals to move away. Although they are generally more scared of us than we are of them, one will occasionally give it a go, and no-one can outrun a lion, elephant or rhino!”

Low angle African elephant, Etosha Pan, Namibia
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African elephant and zebras at Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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African elephant and Giraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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African elephant Trunk, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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African elephant and Giraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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African elephant and Gemsbok, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Burchell's zebra kicking, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Ostrich, Giraffe and Springbok, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Angry African elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephant from low angle, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephant's trunk & feet, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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African elephant at Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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Zebras reflected at waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Giraffe and Eland at waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephants photographed from inside hide, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephants drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephant mother and calf from behind, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephant herd at waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Angry African elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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African elephant splashing mud, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Eland herd running towards waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Black Rhinoceros and Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Baby African elephant drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Black backed Jackal chasing Cape Turtle Doves, Etosha, Namibia
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Black faced Impala drinking at waterhole, Etosha pan, Namibia
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Giraffe at water hole, reflected in water, Etosha Pan, Namibia
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