Elephants have a wonderful sense of humour and being highly intelligent they are naturally inquisitive.
In this picture this bull came out onto the road about 100 metres away just behind that smallish bush on the left. I love taking head on shots of Ellies approaching down a dirt road or game path ears flapping the flies away and with taht typical swagger.
This was on the S49 with the Mooiplaas windmill just behind me. The pillow was put on the side mirror and I waited for him to get in range and then zoomed out till he was filling the frame @ 70mm full frame non crop factor. Obviously you have the engine off as that annoys an elephant and with the engine running you get blurred pics. He was close but in line to pass the car on the right side verge.
But as the pic shows he started to come in towards the car. Time to slowly remove camera and pull in pillow and wind window up and sit tight. I have done this 100s of times over the years and they just pass. He stopped at my side front door frame and 1 tusk hovered 1 inch from the windscreen over the steering wheel and the other on the side window above my right shoulder. Time to knyp and purse the lips!
He then stepped back to get clear his tusk from the front of the windscreen and slowly proceeded to the back of the car where he waited then he tapped the back door area once and then twice..I figured 3rd time car would be hoisted onto its roof not in anger but to see if there were any tasty roots on the underneath. After all the car was making loud continious photo taking noises as he approached which aroused his interest. Sadly I had to spoil his fun as the insurance wouldnt have believed the story so started and drove up the road. I turne d around and there he was backing up the 2 cars that had stopped a way behind me watching his antics. He was having fun!