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The Road Block

The Road Block
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Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-08 9:02
Viewed: 5418
Points: 22
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I know most of the members here will not even view the full size of this image because Hyenas are just not cute or pretty to look at, But for those of you who do, here's a chance to learn more about them. (I will post some pretty bird for you to look at later) They are just part of circle of life. They are much misundestood animals. They are not bad like most of us think, or opportunist. They are very good hunters and interesting animals.

This one was totally sleeping on the road when we were heading back to our camp. I was so thrill to see him though, it was the first time I saw one up close.
We drove slowly thinking that it will move as we get closer, He was totally unwilling to budge. He just sat there and stared at us like we were so rude to disturb his siesta.

Source: Wikipedia
The Spotted Hyena, or Laughing Hyena, (Crocuta crocuta) is a mammal of the order Carnivora. They are moderately large, terrestrial carnivores native to sub-Saharan Africa.

They are best known for their croaking, birdlike bark that resembles the sound of hysterical human laughter. Though often labeled incorrectly as a scavenger, the spotted hyena is actually a powerful hunter, the majority of its nourishment being derived from live prey. Spotted hyenas are the most common predator in sub-saharan Africa, living in grassland savannas in Africa.

The relationship between hyenas and lions in areas where they coexist is unique in its complexity and intensity. Lions and hyenas are both apex predators which feed on the same prey, and are therefore in direct competition with one other. As such, they will often fight over and steal each others' kills. Though it is popularly assumed that hyenas are opportunistic scavengers which profit from the lion's hunting abilities, it is quite often the case that the reversal is true. In Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, the Spotted Hyena population greatly exceeds that of the resident lions, which obtain a large proportion of their food by pirating hyena prey.

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To nglen: Yes, this one is actually not bad looking.waylim 1 04-08 10:35
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Hi Way, Super shot of this hyena. Fun close pose, well lit, sharp details, and good natural color.
Well done, Tfs Richard

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-08 10:31]
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Hi Way. What a bold looking chap this is. you could almost say cute but i know what he and others in his pack can do to an animal. You have captured a fine pose with a great low POV. good natural colour and fine detail. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hi Way,
Nice presentation of the gentle side of this wild animal. Great POV and details.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-08 12:25]

Hi Way

Great shot of the Hyena, its true they aren't the cutest of aniaml but I think you have got this one from its good side.
Nic ePOV and I like the pose with the legs stretched right out infront.
Godd details and colours too.


Hello Way,

Some Hyenas, especially this one are very cute and pretty and a real joy to look at :)
What a wonderful shot and what a great title to it.
Just love the sight of seeing the Hyena lying there with a look on the face like he wants to tell you..........You're a brave guy if you are able to get me out of the way.
Technically perfect with great sharpness and exposure and due to that colors and fur details are most wonderful.
Excellent work and great note also. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Excellent shot Way. Great light and details and a very well done low POV.

Interesting and an eye opener note :)


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-08 20:52]

I find hyenas fascinating, and this one is almost cute.
What a great pose! Very fitting title.
The frontal view with the front paws stretched straight out is very interesting.
Excellent low POV.
Very fine details and light.
TFS. : )

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-08 21:43]

Hi Way, this one has a very intimidating look to him, like you had better move because he is not going to. I've never seen a hyena, so this would be an absolute thrill for me. You don't have any exif data displayed, but this looks close, very close. The detail and colour is excellent. Looking at this shot, I can almost hear a low growl coming out of him. Very excellent work!

Thanks, John

You've got this beautiful sense of timing...which makes even ugly creatures look beautiful..
I've never seen a Hyena captured in this pose.
Very well done!
Thank you!

hello Way

i love Hyenas in the film documentarys on TV, you did a lovey shot
of this one with the great eye-contact of the subject,
and as usual sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


Hi Way Lim,
great portrait of this nice and interesting animal, it was just posing for you, brava
kind regards

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