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Wild dog II

Wild dog II
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): BEST OF: Wild Dogs, Dholes, & False foxes 1, Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-22 17:26
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here another capture of our meeting with a pack of wild dogs on our last day in the krugerpark.

Wild dog
The wild dog weighs between 17 - 36 kg (37 - 79 lb). It is generally found in plains and open woodland, although it has been found in a variety of other habitats from the Sahara Desert up into the lower forests of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Most prey species weigh between 20 - 90 kg (44 - 200 lb), but animals as small as cane rats and as large as greater kudu have been reported in the diet. The dominant prey species varies according to the most abundant prey species in the area. Dominant prey species in various areas include Thomson's gazelle, wildebeest, impala, duiker and reedbuck.

For most of the year, wild dogs roam around over the plains and in the bush, usually not staying in the same place for more than a day. Hunts take place in the morning and early evening. Prey is apparently located by sight, approached silently, and then pursued at speeds of up to 66 km/hr (41 mph) for up to one hour. Pack members generally cooperate in hunting large mammals, but individuals sometimes pursue hares, rodents, or other small animals. The daytime is spent sleeping, usually in the shade of a tree or near water, with members of the pack lying very close together. Once a year the pack occupies a den for 2 - 3 months, to bear young. The den is usually an abandoned aardvark hole.

Wild dogs are social, communally hunting carnivores, which live in small cohesive packs typically composed of a dominant breeding pair, a number of non-breeding adults, and their dependent offspring. Within the wild dog pack all the males are related to each other, and all of the females to each other but not to the males. Females migrate into the pack, whereas males usually stay with their natal pack. Only the highest-ranking male and female normally breed, and they inhibit reproduction by subordinates. Pack size ranges from 2 - 43, with the average number usually between 8 - 11.

The wild dog was formerly found over almost all of Africa, including parts of the Sahara. It was probably once found in every habitat except rain forest and some desert areas. However, there has been a major decline in numbers in historical times, although it still occurs over much of its original range. Most are in southern and eastern Africa; only small remnant populations remain in West and central Africa. Remaining populations are fragmented and concentrated in protected areas. The major causes of decline have been its mostly undeserved reputation as an indiscriminate killer of game and livestock, which has led to severe persecution, and the loss of its habitat as human populations have expanded.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-03-22 17:31]

Hello Paul !
What a wonderful portait of this wild dog ! I love his look and his attitude, he looks peaceful and very relaxed. Excellent details on the fur and the face, natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, and a wonderful green BG. Must be fantastic to meet these animals. Very well done !

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-22 19:35]

Hola Paul,
excelente captura y bello pov,
me agrada este original retrato,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-23 2:40]

Hi Paul
Very envious of this shot - have been trying to see a wild dog for years! Great composition - amazing you were able to get so close. This shot should be more highly scored for these reasons alone.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-23 3:38]

Hi Paul,
He looks so tame. Just like a pet dog!
I am sure he is not, though.
Good details and POV.
Was he not weary of you?
TFS. : )

Hi Paul,

Lovely portrait of this wild dog, He really looks so calm and the moment is captured really with good details and POV.



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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-23 6:04]

Hi Paul,
The wild dog here looks very friendly, you have captured him very good, because out of a car I know it is very difficult.
Great job,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-23 6:20]

Hello Paul,
Excellent capture of his wild dog.I liked POV,framing,pose of dog,details and composition a lot.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-23 9:34]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic detail on this portrait of him resting, his tongue is even sticking out a touch. Great job Paul.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-23 12:53]

Hello Paul,
Fine portrait of an African Wild Dog. This is super sharp and well composed to show the dog-like pose when bored.
You must have come pretty close to get a shot like this!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Paul,
Interesting wildlife one...
Really close?
Well done

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-26 16:08]

Hi Paul,
Prachtig portrait. Je hebt erg dicht bij kunnen komen. Mooie compositie en lage hoek. Mooie van scherpte en prachtige kleuren en licht.
Gr. Paula

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-03-31 15:27]

Hoi Paul ,Dit is ook een gave foto , deze kijkt tenminste wat vriendelijker , mooie bg en kleuren , groeten teunie .

Hello Paul

I really like this one. Very realxed pose - looks almost like a dog who is just about to fall a sleep. Excellent details in the beautiful fur. The eyes look a little sad or like it is begging for a little attention and a little pat. He look so friendly that it is hard to believe this is an expert killing maschine. I also like the tight crop/composition which works great here.

Well done

Hi Paul,
WOW another beautiful shot... I really like this close-up portrait of this Wild Dog. Thanks. Excellent composition, colors, detalis... all are great. Well done and TFS,

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