100th pic baboon
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I would have like to post a perfect pic for my 100th posting but I never had such a pic.
Faults I'm aware of:
- I truncated the toes on the right.
- Coming closer and using a wider angle (resulting in a baboon of the same size on the pic) would have given a better background. The background was natural and lovely (savanna with mountain behind) and would have deserved to be shown.
Anyway this is my best pic because of the facial expression of the two baboons.
All baboons have long dog-like muzzles (cynocephalus = dog-head), close-set eyes, heavy powerful jaws, thick fur except on their muzzle, a short tail and rough spots on their protruding hindquarters, called ischial callosities. These callouses are nerveless, hairless pads of skin which are present to provide for the sitting comfort of the baboon.
Baboons are terrestrial (ground dwelling) and are found in savanna, open woodland and hills across Africa. Their diet is omnivorous, but is usually vegetarian.
Most baboons live in hierarchical troops of 5 to 250 animals (50 or so is common).
Five species of Papio are commonly recognized, although there is some disagreement about whether they are really full species or subspecies.
Sacred or Hamadryas Baboon, Papio hamadryas
Guinea Baboon, Papio papio
Olive Baboon, Papio anubis
Yellow Baboon, Papio cynocephalus
Chacma Baboon, Papio ursinus
Predation by man, lions and leopards is the main cause of adult mortality among baboons. Lions ambush baboon groups foraging along the ground during the daytime. In contrast, leopards hunt baboons at night and do not depend upon surprise to make kills. Baboons are tough prey for a leopard.
Large pythons elicit a strong reaction from baboons, suggesting that these snakes are a serious predatory threat.
As baboons see human as no threat they ignored us and we could come quite close. Some even passed at reach distance.
I did quite a serie of pic. Mostly of that female and of the dominant male.
Only PP work: Tiny crop below.
Thanks for looking,
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- [2007-08-30 4:28]
Funny picture. Nice composition
- [2007-08-30 4:39]
a great shot to celebrate you 100th post! Timing is everything here and the DOF is perfect. Super detail and composition, what a great place this must have been to visit.
very well done.
congratulations on posting your 100th post, looking forward to another 100 shot from you,
you got a nice moment here, the baby and the mother look nice together, liked the composition and the pov,
tfs & regards
- [2007-08-30 6:22]
Congratulations with your 100th post. Beautiful photo of this Baboons. Great timing and wonderful expression. Great DOF, POV and composition.
- [2007-08-30 11:16]
Excellent pose and focus. The eye contact with both baboons.
great family pic, TFS Ori
Bravo pour cette 100ème publication!
Et c'est un beau partage pour le coup avec cette photo très expressive!
A good shot and nice note.
- [2009-07-05 5:24]
Good detailed and sharp image depecting the intense care of adult and sibling.Excellent facial expressions, blending in well with your BG. Well done and TFS.