February 28, 2015

February 28, 2015

Pronking Springbok

Photograph by Charles Jorgensen, National Geographic Your Shot

“I was on vacation in an area of South Africa where springbok are quite common, and I had a goal of capturing this behavior, called pronking,” writes Charles Jorgensen, a member of our Your Shot community. “On a self-drive safari in Mountain Zebra National Park, we found a plateau that attracted many herds of springbok, among other animals. After a few failed attempts at getting the shot, I came across a small herd. They started running, and one of them started to pronk, jumping to amazing heights. I fired away and managed to capture this animal in its acrobatic display.”

Jorgensen’s image recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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20 comments
Ryan Zi
Ryan Zi

Really caught the moment!

Tom Sherman
Tom Sherman

The white hair in the middle of their back will also stand up when they are excited or alarmed.

Nancy Willis
Nancy Willis

Sprinkbok is an apt name-what amazing vertical grace.


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