I chance upon my shot of this Borneo Pygmy Elephant on National Geographic's Best Of Borneo web page. Nice to see that Nat Geo is still using this same photo on this refurbished site.
I photographed this young bull awhile back along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo. Borneo Pygmy Elephants are one of my most photographed wildlife. This bull was among the herd that I have trailed for over a year. Together with a local community project, we were conserving land that could contribute to the migration route for these elephants. It was dry season in the floodplain. He came right up to the river bank to drink and to graze. I was observing him from my boat that was parked about 30 meters away.
It is a huge bonus to sight Borneo Pygmy Elephants on a Borneo trip! These gentle giants are the cousins of Asian Elephants. They are slightly smaller, rounder, shorter tail, fluffy ears, and yes, they look like Disney elephant character. Endangered due to habitat loss and often get into conflict with humans especially palm oil plantations. More information about Borneo Pygmy Elephants on WWF's website.
I used a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Fujinon 55-200mm lens to shoot this. That was my first switch to a mirrorless camera. From Canon and Nikon DSLR to Fujifilm. A few months later, I fell into the river with the X-E2 and the 55-200 mm lens in some wild river of Borneo during an expedition. I survived but not the lens and camera. My quest with Fujifilm continues. I have upgraded to Fujifilm X-T1 and then X-T2 since. Both cameras are dust resistant and water resistant which suits my working environment well, but no submerging into the water though. Two lenses that I used are Fujinon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and Fujinon 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. Both are great combos for nature photography.