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Aepyceros melampus

Aepyceros melampus
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 8:38
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An impala (Aepyceros melampus Greek aipos "high" ceros "horn" + melas "black" pous "foot") is a medium-sized African antelope. The name impala comes from the Zulu language. They are found in savannas in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Angola and northeastern South Africa.
Impala stand between 75 to 95 centimetres tall at the shoulder and weigh 40 to 80 kilograms. They are reddish-brown in color with lighter flanks, and have white underbellies. Males have lyre-shaped horns which can reach up to 90 centimetres in length. When frightened or startled the whole herd starts leaping about in order to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 9 meters (30 feet) and 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. They are prey to almost every large predator.
Impala are among the dominant species in many savannas. They are gregarious creatures and are usually found in herds, often a male with many females, although a doe will leave the herd to give birth. Their food consists of a mixture of grasses and leaves. Herds will use specific areas for their excrement. Impala are active during both day and night.
Young male impala form bachelor herds of around thirty individuals. Females and young form herds of up to two hundred individuals. Mature males hold territories, and lead any female herds that wander into their territory.

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This photo is taken in Samburu National reserve, in Kenya. This shot was taken full frame.

ISO 160
Focal 400.0 mm
Calidad de la imagen RAW

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Hi Ferran,
Very nice picture and very good presentation..!
Very good shot...!
Best regards,

Hello Ferran,
This is a beautiful and very sharp portrait of this wonderful animal. I like this natural lightning, POV and composition. This is well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

Hi Ferran,
Good image.
Especially compo from this antelope attracts me even with cut off horn(?).

Hello Ferran,

Beautifull portrait of this antelope, great expression. Very well done, TFS


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-10 11:37]

Hola Ferrán,
Excelete retrato. No se puede pedir más en nitidez e iluminación. Pose buenísima, así la composición y el fondo. ¡Felicitaciones!
TFS,José M.

Hi Ferran

Love the colour tone. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. Very nice work. TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-11 9:33]

Hi Ferran.
Very nice detailed portrait.But came be about decoration her head :-(
Beautiful colours,nice sharps details and pretty lights and blurry BG.
Very nice work.
TFS and regards.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-01-04 16:18]

Hi Ferran. Beautifully sharp and well coloured portrait of this Impala, a most graceful beast. Excellent notes. Murray.

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