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Copyright: Jean Patrick Reiner (bedford67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 164] (438)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta XD7, 135mm f/2,8, Polarization filter
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-01 2:24
Viewed: 6909
Points: 16
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Topi (Damaliscus lunatus)

Order (Ordre): Artiodactyla
Family(Famille): Bovidae
Subfamily(Sous-Famille): Alcelaphinae
Genus (Genre): Damaliscus

The Topi (Damaliscus lunatus also known as Tiang or Korrigum) is a savannah and floodplain antelope found in Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, and Southern Africa.
Topi stand over a metre tall at the shoulder and weigh 80 to 160 kilograms.
Their coats are a rusty red colour with black legs, chest and a black strip running from forehead to the tip of the nose. The horns are lyre-shaped and are conspicuously ringed and can reach 70 centimetres in both sexes.
Topi live in savannah and floodplains where they eat mainly grass. Males hold territories from a few tens of thousands of square metres to a few square kilometres. These are marked out with urine, and dung. Topi form herds of up to twenty females and calves led by a male, but thousands of Topi may come together during migration.
Males will engage in fights for territory and these are fought by lunging on to their knees while whacking each other with their horns. Topi can reach seventy kilometres an hour when frightened and will sometimes jump over each other to get away from a threat. They have the reputation of being the fastest of all antelopes.

Recovered on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topi

By hoping that you like this photograph, I await your comments.

Le topi (Damaliscus lunatus, connue également sous le nom de Tiang ou Korrigum) est une espèce d'antilope. Il est herbivore et vit en troupeaux en Afrique. Il appartient à la famille des mammifères ongulés. On rencontre des topis en Afrique du Sud, au Kenya et en Tanzanie.
Le topi est une grande antilope (115 cm au garrot pour 120 kg)
Il a un pelage fauve, sombre. Ses pattes sont noires ainsi que sa poitrine. Une bande noire orne également sa face, du front au muffle. Ses cornes annelées ont la forme d'une lyre et peuvent atteindre 70 cm.
Le mâle règne sur une troupe de 6 à 20 femelles. Il marque son territoire d'urine et d'excréments. Pour défendre leur territoire, ils s'affrontent en se mettant à genoux et se poussent tête contre tête. A la saison sèche, ils se rassemblent en troupeaux importants.
Le topi a la réputation d'être la plus rapide des antilopes. Il peut atteindre la vitesse de 70 km/h.

En espérant que cette photo vous plaise, j'attends vos commentaires.

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Very nice photo!
Great colour,excellent composed,good framed.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-01 4:00]

Hello Jean!
Very nice scane.Colors,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Bonjour Jean Patric!
C'est suivante photo tres admirabe. Tout est marvelouse!

I love the colours of this scene and the composition with the Topis standing where they are. The animals are a bit soft as I would prefer them to be sharper, but I wonder if they were quite a long way away from your camera. Very interesting as I haven't seen these Topis before. Thank you Patrick.

Hello Jean!
Wonderful trio.Colors,framing and composition are perfect.Very nice work.Thanks for sharing.

well Jean Patrick,
it is a little unsharp, but I give you ten points for the great composition, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-02 3:53]
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Donc sans détour, j'aime bien cette composition sauvage. Les animaux sont superbes, les couleurs chaleureuses donnent une ambiance agréable.
Par contre le scan de la photo donne un peu de flou et un peu d'espace à gauche eu été bien...
Bref, un beau cliché lors d'un beau voyage, j'imagine.

:) later

this is a beautiful framed pic with fantastic colors and the wind on those golden grass gives that unique feeling of being in the open savannas of Africa. I would like to see the animals bit more sharp though. May be you were a bit far from them?

Bonjour Jean-Patrick,
Plus que la qualité intrinsèque de la photo, qui me semble un peu brouillée au point de vue netteté et saturation, c'est le côté graphique qui ressort de ce groupe très bien placé dans le paysage. Chaque sujet se détache de l'autre et a une pose différente qui donne un très bon impact visuel à la composition.

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