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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Waterbuck, Annick Vanderschelden Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-07 6:43
Viewed: 6016
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Interested in a free safari, dear reader? Welcome. Here we go...:-)

Day 13 in Kruger National Park.
Weather: a hot day...
Overnight Restcamp: Shingwedzi
Close to Shingwedzi along the S50, you have Kanniedood Dam.

This image is taken at Kanniedood. Two male Waterbucks ready for a 'fight'. A Little egret is watching...
Waterbuck is one of Kruger's antelope. There are 72 antelope species in Africa, of which 21 are found in Kruger.

The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is an antelope found in Western, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Waterbuck stand 100 to 130 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh from 160 to 240 kilograms. Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they also have a white 'bib' under their throats and a white ring on their rumps surrounding their tails. The waterproofing secretions of the waterbuck's sweat glands produces an unpleasant odor in its meat. The long spiral structured horns, found only in males, sweep back and up.

Waterbuck are found in scrub and savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite its name, the waterbuck does not spend much time in the water, but will take refuge there to escape predators. Waterbuck are diurnal. Females gather in herds of between two and six hundred individuals. Males keep territories of around three hundred acres (1.2 km²) during their prime. They usually lose their territories before the age of ten.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
16/10/2007 07:32:43
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
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ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Thanks for looking and a great day!

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Hello Annick
Wonderful shot of these male Waterbucks ,
Perfetc focusing,lighting and composition,
I wonder how much is your camera(Body Only) in you country .

Good Luck

Hi Annick
What a nice shot of those 3 animal's. I like the way how they are acting and the bird staying behind the male. Nice detail and colours.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-07 7:08]

Hi Annick,
think we can guess who's the dominant Male here! Great timing and a lovely setting, the exposure is perfect and the DOF spot on. Very nice detail too, great all round!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-07 8:01]

Hi Annick

Lovely pose with excellent exposure and detail.


Excellent capture of these Waterbuck Annick.
Perfect exposure,nice sharp detail and beautifully composeded.
The little bird between the males hind legs is hilarious.Great timing to get that!
Very good work indeed.

nice capture, the couple and the cattle egret. bravi, Ori

Hi Annick,
I don't know about a fight! One is a bit short of armoury.
Great picture though.
I am following your trip but it is going to take me a long time to get the info. Please send me the details when you have time.
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-07 10:09]

The pose of the two is simply superb!
Great colours and details, perfect composition and outstanding moment (no pun intended)

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-07 10:21]

Hello Annick
Perfect image with great exposure and focus. Very romantic scene. I like it!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-07 11:25]

Hi Annick

I think i see two perfect things here: timing and POV :)
The timing is great to get the "almost touch" between the two waterbucks, while POV is magnificent, to catch that egret between the legs of the bigger buck. Absollutely brilliant!
Another terrific safari shot my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-11-07 12:03]

Hi Annick,
Very nice composition, great details and colors, I like the bird between his legs
well done

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-07 13:41]

Hello Annick,
Great capture! Beautiful moment and very nice DOF
nice compo and framing
Regards, Dejan

Bonjour Annick
Très jolie cette prise de vue avec cette femelle et prince charmant, beau moment de tendresse.Les couleurs et les détails sont parfaits.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-07 16:44]

Hi Annick
Very nice composition.Sharp image and good POV.Details are also very good.
TFS Michel

It looks like a bit of an uneven match to me, but the photograph is fantastic. You so often have that " little something extra" in your shots. That egret is so cool. Great photo!

Evelynn : )

Hello Annick!

Nice shot! I like the composition and the moment you choose! TFS.

Great composition and detail as usual. You have captured the perfect moment.

Hi Annick, A very tender moment you have captured. The egret voyeur makes this all the more interesting :-).

Good work,

Warm regards,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-08 7:15]

Hi Annick,
Beautiful picture. Cute little white bird behind the waterbuck :)
Great POV and composition.
Very well done.

beautiful animals in a cute pose.
Captured with great details
A masterpeace.
I might have cloned out the aigret in some PP work. This is no plus in the picture, while not too disturbing neither.

Hi Annick

Very interesting to speculate if the one on the left is a young Waterbuck ''having a look around'' or part of the herd and about to be expelled...

Which ever the reason for a showdown, he does not look very confident with the left front leg off the ground, ready to bolt!

Well observed and presented



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