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Jumping the African buffalo

Jumping the African buffalo
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: D3S, Nikkor ED 600mm 1/4 D
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-11 5:12
Viewed: 3832
Points: 14
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Jumping the African buffalo

The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), is a large African bovine.
The African buffalo is a very robust species. Its shoulder height can range from 1 to 1.7 m and its head-and-body length can range from 1.7 to 3.4 m.

The Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) and the Yellow-Billed Stork Mycteria ibis where fighting for the good spot on top of the Buffalo after his bath.

This is when the Marabou Stork was taking over chasing the Yellow-Billed Stork while the cormorants where enjoying the scene!

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Hello Michel,

Fantastic and animated action scene of these birds playing tag over a dozing buffalo ,,,, and with captivated bird audience. Good focus throughout and from a choice pov. Well timed, well taken!



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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-09-11 13:17]

Five species one scene
Well done Michel and tfs

  • corjan3 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
  • [2012-09-11 13:41]

Hello Michel,
Is this a composite as the birds just seem out of proportion in size to the buffalo.

Fantastic sharp capture, bravo

Fantastic photo Michel! The timing and the composition are excellent! Wonderful colours and good sharpness too!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-12 4:10]

Hello Michel,
Amazing scene from African fauna..most interesting, looks like out of a movie.
Amazing too the behaviour of the bigger birds.
Kind regards

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-10-27 23:13]

Hi Michel,

Excellent shot with really many species caught together in one place. The photo quality is excellent and most of all being in the right place at the right time to see this scene unfold, Tehre is 5 different species here. Perhaps there is a hippoe hiding somewhere under the water too :)


Nice shot Michel.


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