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He who laughs last…

He who laughs last…
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Canidae, Pretoria Zoo 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-02 12:59
Viewed: 5203
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spotted Hyaena
Crocuta crocuta

Pronounced: "HA-i-na"

They belong to the family Hyaenidae and there are only three species in the world, the Spotted-, Striped- (Hyaena hyaena) and Brown Hyaena (Hyaena brunnea).

The spotted Hyaena is quite large and humans easily underestimate their size and ferociousness. They are also larger and heavier than the other two species. (Length 1,8m, Shoulder height 85cm, Weight: 80kg) The overall colour is from fawn-yellow to grey-fawn with a scattering of dark brown spots. The call consists of whoops, groans, whines, yells, grunts and giggles. Once heard it is never forgotten.

They are widely distributed south of the Sahara, but absent from the tropical forests. They frequent Open and light woodland areas and penetrates drier areas along water courses.

Although solitary animals may be encountered, they usually live in family groups or "clans", led by an adult female. Clan sizes range from 3 to 15 or more individuals, with each clan defending its territory. They are both nocturnal and crepuscular, with limited daytime activity. Contrary to popular belief they are not scavengers but skilled and agressive hunters, the only predator it finds difficult to drive from its prey is lions. Females are dominant in the clan and the alpha female even grows "mock" testicles.

If you ever have the opportunity to see the film "Eternal enemies" do not miss the chance. It is about a clan of Hyanea and Lion declaring war on each other. Amazing footage! …and I should add that the Hyaena does not loose the majority of the battles.

sAner, Fisher, NitzanCK, LordPotty, Robbrown, Ah_Thong, willie, ellis49, red45, hummingbird24, marhowie, Luc, sandpiper2, PDP, Callie, carper, coasties has marked this note useful
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To Luc: Speaking of Hyaena's... :) lol!gerhardt 3 03-07 00:16
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-02 14:08]

Excelent capture and well done on this portrait.
It has that look ready to show the teeth with a very slight curl of the lip.
You were fairly close. Hopefully inside the vehicle. :)


Hallo :-)
This sparkle in its eye... It's suspicious :-) Maybe it wants to attack you?

Nice portrait Gerhard. Good contrast between color of the hyaena en that of the background.

A great portrait here Gerhard. It really shows the sly side of these guys.He's definitely got his eye on you,and as Mike says looks like he's about to go into a threatening growl. You must have been pretty close for him to look like this. Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-02 16:37]

Quel regard admirable. Belle pose avec beaucoup de détails. Félicitations et bonne jounée.

This is a bit , almost to close and personal you can almost smell the bad breath, the glint in the eye just means trouble is round the corner, probably one of the most missunderstood animals in the world I believe.
The detail is as good or even better than any shot of these I have ever seen, brilliantly captured gerhard TFS

Gotta run, critique later

Very good portrait Gerhard.
I like the expression when he looks at you. Very good sharpness, colours and composition.
Great work, my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-03 3:53]

Great portrait of this not very popular animal, Gerhard. Personally I'm not very big hyenas fan but your photo is excellent. Great work!


I love it, Gerhard. Well spotted an very good title for to this great expressive mugshot. Every details is there, very present face and... what a look! I wouldn't trust him as a friend for my border collie. Added to the canidae theme. TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-03 6:10]

Great portrait of this Hyena, Gerhard! He looks kinda sweet but he's not. :) Nice details and great POV & composition. Well done!

Great shot, he's been posing for you. Leaving a wee-bit more space in front could have been good.
Well done.

Excellent shot Gerhard, it looks almost soft and cuddly, and what a sly look on it's face.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-03 15:30]

Gerhard, a very good photo deserves a very good title. Nice job.

Excellent composition, sharpness and pov.

Superb profile shot Gerhard. Great looking speciman. Everything looks tit to me. Very well done!

Nice portrait, lots of detail well captured by your lens. Done a great job here and the note was a great read.

The look in this one's eyes gives me no doubt as to the severity of underestimating him, or who would be laughing last.
Great capture with wonderful detail and color. Definitely a mood-setting photo. Thank you.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-04 20:03]

Very nice portrait Gerhard, it's very lifelike and I'm a little worried that it might bite me! Nice DOF and focus on the eyes, good composition and great note too. Well done.

This is a VERY nice mugshot - I have shot them many times, but have nothing this good, a nice mood and the way he is oggling you is superbe.
The Jouberts did a wonderful job in capturing this struggle between the two clans at Savuti. You guys can really try and get your mits on this video.

Hij is prachtig Gerhardt,
fantastic details in the shot, you can count the hairs on the head, fantastic, composition, very good portrait of this sweet doggy. good job

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-05 3:34]
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No, Guerhard, I have never seen the National Geographic's Eternal Enemies Lions And Hyena (1992) but I will find it and look at it.
I dont know how you managed to take this photo and I am not sure I want to know. Are you still alive? Have you wrote your will before photographing him? I am probably influenced by my misunderstanding of this animal, but if ever I had to photograph him I would inquire at first of the quality and the solidity of the fence which would separate me from him.
A really impressive photo by the glance which he sends directly to the camera and consequently directly to us, the mortal poor men.
p.s.: speaking about hyaena ;-), any news from Japie?

How nice to see this face in such a close-up. I also like the nasty and vicious expression of the hyena, a great shot, Gerhard !

Nice closeup Gerhard. I'm not too sure about the expression on the face. Looks a little menacing to me. I don't think getting too close is an option. Good capture especially the glint in the eye.

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