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Mom and Child

Mom and Child
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-02 0:48
Viewed: 3721
Points: 16
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A juvenile with its mother. Note the browner colour of the juvenile's brown inter-stripe. This will gradually get lighter untill the markings are more like the adult shown here. This image was taken about 25 km east of the Satara camp in Kruger at about 09:30 in the morning.

The Plains Zebra is mid-sized and thick bodied with relatively short legs. Adults of both sexes stand about 1.4 meters (4.6 ft) high at the shoulder, are approximately 2.3 meters (8 ft) long, and weigh about 294 kg (646 lbs) however males may weigh 10% more than females. Like all zebras, it is boldly striped in black and white and no two individuals look exactly alike. All have vertical stripes on the forepart of the body, which tend towards the horizontal on the hindquarters. The northern populations have narrower and more defined striping; southern populations have varied but lesser amounts of striping on the underparts, the legs and the hindquarters. Southern populations also have brown "shadow" stripes between the black and white coloring. The first subspecies to be described, the Quagga which is now extinct, had plain brown hindquarters. (Technically, because the Quagga was described first as E. quagga, the proper zoological name for the most common form of the Plains Zebra is E. quagga burchelli..

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Very well composed pic of the Zebras. The BG is distant enough not to detract from the subject. There is also no clutter or foliage in the FG. This combined with the sharpness of the subject, clarity of the image and your POV make an excellent pic.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-02 3:24]

Hi Robin,
Very good photo. Light, color tones, pose you captured and clarity look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-02 3:43]

Hi Robin, what a lovely pair they are - mother and child. Mother looks very protective.
A couple of out Zebra at our local zoo are striped like these two. It is interesting to see the difference between these patterns and the usual black and white zebras.
Thank you for sharing

Hi, Robin,

very nice capture of a loving moment, with great details and composition. tfs.

Man Yee

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-02 10:13]

Hi Robin,

I have loved Zebras ever since seeing them in South Africa. This mother and child are both beautiful. You captured them in a marvelous, tender pose. Wonderful colors, fine details, and so nice to see them in their natural setting.


Hi Robin
Great capture of this nice pose of the two of them. Good lighting and detail. Well done,TFS

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-02 22:36]

Hi Robin!

I discover your gallery for the first time and I'm impressed by the diversity and quality of your wildlife pictures. This one is classical, yet very pleasant and well composed. The Zebras are shown in a natural environment and they are a cute pair.

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 9:24]

Hello Robin,
If I went to South Africa I think I'd like to see Zebras more than any other mammals. They're so beautiful and this capture of Mum and child is wonderful! I love the way they're posing together and colours and details are very fine.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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