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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-13 10:11
Viewed: 1717
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Defassa Waterbuck. For a very long time, Waterbuck and Defassa Waterbuck were considered as two separate species. But now due to the hybridization between the two, they are considered as a single species (Kobus ellipsiprymnus). Defassa Waterbuck is a Near Threatened species (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterbuck ).

The common waterbuck has a conspicuous white ring encircling a dark rump, while the defassa has wide white patches on either side of the rump. Its long, shaggy hair and brown-gray coat emits an oily secretion from its sweat glands, which acts as a water repellent. The meat of older waterbuck takes on an unpleasant odor from the waterproofing secretions of its sweat glands, prompting predators to choose other prey. (https://seaworld.org/Animal-Info/Animal-Bytes/Mammals/Defassa-Waterbuck and http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/engwaterbuck.html ).

While moving around Lake Nakuru in Kenya, I found this animal. Its color and the background color blended very well. I had a Canon 75-300 lens without IS and without tripod and I was adjusting my camera, worrying that the animal would disappear. But it stood and gave a regal pose.

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Hello Bala,
Beautiful picture of this Waterbuck. Good details and typical African warm tone. Vertical form could have been more attractive.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-13 13:29]

Hi Bals,the waterbuck seems like an actor in pose for you,magnificent capture,a great face to face very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-13 20:05]

Hello Bala,
What a magnificent species with impressive horns and a gorgeous chocolate brown coat. The warm colors and nice detail show it off in an attractive manner. A real beauty!!
The only large animals we have here in Ohio are the White-tailed deer.

Elegant pose, indeed.
Thanks for sharing this lovely picture from your archives.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-14 7:01]

Hello Bala,
Nice photo of this waterbuck in fine sharpness and beautiful warm colors. You can cut off a piece of the right side to get the animal a bit out of the center for a better composition.

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