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Black-faced Impala rams

Black-faced Impala rams
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-03-03 12:06
Viewed: 3567
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-faced Impala rams in a bachelor group sparring near the Chudop waterhole in the Etosha National Park. The weather was overcast and cloudy.

Black-faced Impala
The Black-faced Impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) is a subspecies of the impala native to Angola and Namibia. It is not hard to tell it apart from common impala, being significantly larger with a black facial marking. It is also found in separate locations. While the species as whole is never endangered, this subspecies had come close to extinction.
In 1968 - 1971 310 individuals were transferred to Etosha National Park for better protection, and its number is steadily increasing. However, the current population is still less than 1,000 and interbreeding with the common impala from nearby farms is damaging to the gene pool. The rare black-faced impala survives in Etosha National Park and private farms in Namibia.

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Aepycerotinae
Genus: Aepyceros
Species: A. melampus
Subspecies: A. m. petersi

Trinomial name
Aepyceros melampus petersi
Bocage, 1879

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-03 12:16]

Hallo Carl,
Prachtige actie foto in uitstekende scherpte en details. Super timing. Genomen vanuit een erg goed laag standpunt. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-03 12:17]

Hi Carl,a great oportunity this duel,very lucky meeting and great capture from an excellent point of view and great colors and details depite the quick mouvements,very interesting and rare to see,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely couple in fantastic action, fine details, beautiful ambientation, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Carl

Photo shot with great timing, great POV at their level,
excellent DOF, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-04 6:15]

Beautiful frame, full of action. tfs.

Hello Carl,
I like the excellent clarity and the superb contrast against the background of this interesting fighting Impala. Excellent sharp details and lovely natural colors. The composition, the light and exposure are very good.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Carl
splendid compo albeit from a difficult angle, lucky you to get that eye with a catchlight! Without this eye the image would probably have been a flop.
great action with dust flying away but
the oof branch in the foreground is a bit disturbing, I'll try a workshop to clone it away
Looking forward to seeing your Krüger pictures in a few weeks

Hello Carl
Impressive action photo with perfect timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Carl,
An outstanding action shot captured with beautiful clarity and details.Nice composition with lovely natural colours.
Thanks and my regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-05 9:20]

Hello Carl,
A fine action shot of these sparring Impalas taken from an unusual and fine low POV with fine clarity, natural colours and pleasing BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hellop Carl,
Activity and action are always better than a static image, however beautiful it may be, and it comes out very well here. I think it was good that the weather was cloudy and overcast as the light can be very harsh there and it gives one more hours for good photography. Well done. It is a real pleasure to view.

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