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Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena
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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: 2009-06-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-21 6:18
Viewed: 4005
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This hyena was photographed on the ground road between Olifants and Satara camps in the Kruger Park and was looking back at some of its mates coming from a water hole. The almost maniacal human laugh of the hyena is a sound which is often heard in the park.

I have found the article from Wikipeadia on the spotted hyena interesting and an excerpt is copied below.

Hyenas are born with their eyes open and teeth already fully developed after a 4 month gestation period. At birth, the cubs weigh 1 to 1.6 kg (2.23.6 lb), and are among the few mammals to commit neonatal siblicide. A same sexed litter will result in vicious fighting between the cubs, often resulting in death. This siblicide is estimated to contribute to 25% of hyena cub mortality. Since a single cub will receive more food and mature faster, this behavior is probably adaptive. Spotted hyena milk is very rich, having the highest protein content (14.9%) of any terrestrial carnivore, and the fat content (14.1%) is second only to the polar bear, so unlike lions and wild dogs, they can leave their cubs for about a week without feeding them. Two to six weeks after whelping, young are transported to the communal den. Young depend entirely on milk for about 8 months and are not weaned until 12 to 16 months old. Maturation is at three years, females later than males. Female offspring remain in their natal clan while males leave at around two years.

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I haven't seen these guys during both my trips to SA. Beautiful pose, lighting. It would be nice to have a bit more space above its ears, but anyway fantastic skoot.


Annick seems to have taken 10,000 images of Kruger...and yet each one is fascinating for a person who has never been there. Your image is well defined both in notes and colours..Good camera...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-21 10:44]

Hi Robin . We can see clearly this one has been in the water hole by its tail and wet face. It blends in to the back ground so well. You have taken this with warm colours and fine detail in the fur. well done TFS.

The subject is sharp, beautyfull... but the unfocused zone ( the background) it's marvellous. I didn't know this Sigma supertele can have a bokeh like this.

An excellent capture of this young Hyena.
Good colour saturation and clear detail.
Nice work.

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