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Young Wildebeest

Young Wildebeest
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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-11 11:45
Viewed: 6057
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The wildebeest - also known as the gnu is a large antelope. The bull's deep grunts sound like a giant croaking frog. Because of its appearance and spirited behavior, Dutch settlers in South Africa named the animal wildebeest, which means wild beast.

Migration of more than a million wildebeest, at its peak in the month of May, is joined by other animals. The animals migrate to open woodlands to feed until November, then return to the Serengeti.

Like the male, the female, called a cow, has horns. She is smaller than the male. The gestation period is eight and a half months, producing one offspring. The calf is able to stand within minutes of the birth. In a few days it is able to keep up with the herd.

Wildebeest migrate, or travel, more than 1200 kms. Always on the move, they search for green grass and water.

The strong bulls in every wildebeest group defend territories that they have marked with their waste, and with substances produced by glands on their faces and hooves. Young males and bulls without territories form bachelor herds. Bachelors are forced to live on the fringes of the herd. There among the tall grasses, enemies hide. If a herd of bachelors drifts into a bull's territory, the bull quickly chases the group out.

This youngster was running back to mom for a drink - will post that one soon for you!

Kruger series - very little work except a little sharpening, etc - see one of my earlier posts for the full info on pp work flow.

Hope you like this one as well and thanks for the visits and crits. Tim

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-04-11 13:28]
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Hi Tim,

Well done on this action shot. These beasts are fast and you did well capturing him. Well done on the composition.


I Tim, great mouvment!
Nice shot.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-11 15:08]

Hello Tim , Very good action shot ,good compositie colours
pov and dof ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-11 15:55]
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Hi Tim
I can see in my minds eye how you frantically scrabble about to capture this shot, that is if you get anywhere near as excited as I do when this kind of opportunity raises its head. You've captured this flying gnu very well and even applied the in-drilled discipline of composition first.
Great work and TFS.

Hi Tim,
You caught this one in full stride/leap. Those frisky kids are hard to capture. Light was excellent here with the nice saturated colors. Detail is just slightly soft. Probably from him moving so fast. Great action shot.

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