Incredible pictures capture majestic rhinos on the African savanna in tender and playful moments
- The stunning snaps were captured by British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas in Kenyan reserves
- He found the rhinos to be at their most relaxed mid-morning and that’s when he took his best shots
- His amazing pictures include a black rhino calf feeding with its mother and a very inquisitive white male rhino
Rhinos are often regarded as notoriously cantankerous.
But these incredible pictures show a different side to the creatures and capture them relaxing in some heartwarmingly playful and tender moments.
The stunning snaps were taken recently by renowned British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas in several reserves across Kenya. To take the intimate pictures he deployed both camera traps and BeetleCam, a remote-controlled camouflaged camera that allows him to take up-close images in complete safety.
After experimenting, he found the best time to take pictures of the animals was mid-morning, when they were relaxed with ‘no agenda’. Amazing pictures he managed to capture during these times were of a black rhino mother and her calf feeding, a rhino calf playing with an adult and an inquisitive white male rhino coming face-to-face with his BeetleCam.
Writing on his blog, he said: ‘We set off in search of rhinos during a mid-morning game drive. I deployed BeetleCam and the rhinos’ behaviour was completely different to at night or early morning; they were no longer skittish, but inquisitive. The youngsters were even playful. At times, BeetleCam was surrounded by curious rhinos.’
Scroll down to see Will’s images of the breathtaking creatures…
An incredibly tender moment showing a mother black rhino feeding her young calf in the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya
Will captured this heartwarming moment of a rhino calf playfully trying to jump on to an adult with BeetleCam
An inquisitive male, white rhino gets incredibly close to Will’s BeetleCam. Will said: ‘At times, BeetleCam was surrounded by curious rhinos’
A small gathering of white rhinos is captured by BeetleCam while grazing. Will says that white rhinos have ‘unbelievably good hearing’
A crash of rhino heads towards Will’s BeetleCam in Kenya. Will said it was the white rhinos in particular that captivated him
A pair of white rhinos at the Solio Lodge. White rhinos are characterised by their flat, wide lips, which allows them to graze on grass with ease
Will captured this pair of rhinos using BeetleCam, a remote-controlled camouflaged camera that allows him to take intimate snaps without the risk of being savaged
A white rhino mother and her calf feed at Solio Lodge. The white rhino is the second-largest land mammal in the world
A rhino calf and its mother in a shot captured by BeetleCam. Will found trying to take pictures of the animals was easiest during mid-morning
Will said the main challenge when trying to capture images of the rhinos was trying not to spook them. Pictured is a white rhino
A black rhino in the Lewa Conservancy. Will says the rhinos that live here have a habitat that consists of grassy plains
A white rhino grazes on the land. Will noticed that the animals often appeared to gather in small, social groups
Will says he found that the animals could be skittish during the early morning hours. Pictured are rhinos at Solio Lodge during sunrise
A rhino captured on BeetleCam. Will has been taking photographs of various animal species in Africa for more than 10 years
Will captured this image of a mighty black rhino at night using an infrared camera trap. He found trying to shoot them at night difficult
This stunning image shows one of the creatures under the starry night sky in Tsavo National Park becoming very curious of the camera trap that had been laid
A black rhino faces the camera trap that had been laid in Tsavo National Park. Will describes black rhinos as ‘notoriously grumpy’
Pictures of the white rhinos were taken at Solio Lodge with BeetleCam. Images of the black rhinos at night were captured with a Camtraptions camera trap in partnership with ZSL, KWS and Tsavo Trust.
- To see more of Will’s rhino images, visit his Photographing Rhinos blog post or check out his Instagram page.