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This is basically my first experiment with the new 12-24mm Sigma lens I bought recently.

We were at the Rhino and Lion Reserve outside of Johannesburg recently, when I came across this Warthog feeding. Note the way it kneels on its front knees while it forages for food. So I stuck the Nikon in its face and took this shot without looking through the viewfinder.

Shot taken at 19mm, at -0.3 EV.

More info on Warthogs:

1. Appearance: As a member of the pig family, it has a naked skin with sparse, long bristles. A characteristic feature of Warthogs is the protruding curved tusks, which in boars grow into formidable weapons. These tusks are used to dig up roots, which all Warthog relish. Boars stand 680mm high and weigh 80 Kg. Sows are smaller at a height of 600mm and an average mass of 57 Kg. Wartlike tubercles on the large, flat head is another distinctive feature of this animal. A tuft of hair at the end of the thin tail, is very visible when the tail is held erect during running.

2. Diet: They feed mainly on grass and roots, but also take bulbs, fruits, carrion, insects, scorpions, earthworms, centipedes and bones.

3. Behaviour: Warthogs are day animals and spend most of their time looking for food. They are normally found in family groups. Warthogs have the peculiar habit of kneeling on the front knees while feeding and foraging in a localised area. They shelter in burrows at night, which they enter tail first. Socially, three main groups are encountered, namely solitary boars, bachelor groups and matriarchal groups.

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