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African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Mammals of Southern Africa, Photographer's favourite, Canidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 3:53
Viewed: 9937
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had this on TE and have moved it to TN where I think it should be. It was taken around 30 minutes taken after sunset. I like using fill flashes in day-time, but not at all during the night. At night colour and exposure is too easy to mess up - especially when there are contrasting colours such as on this wild dog. I am posting this one because I love the intense expression on his face.

Some info on the African Wild Dog:

Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is now one of the African continent's most endangered animals. It is believed that fewer than 5,000 wild dogs currently exist in the wild, and their range has declined from 33 to 15 countries. The initial population reduction came during the early part of the century as a result of a very successful extermination campaign led by ranchers who feared the loss of livestock. Today, the effects of diseases (e.g., rabies, canine distemper, and parvovirus) spread by domestic dogs are having an even more devastating effect on wild dog numbers.

Wild dogs are about the size of a German shepherd, have long legs, large ears and mottled fur of browns, black and white. They live in tightly bonded social groups or packs of 2 to 30 individuals led by a dominant male and female. Pack members exhibit well-defined greeting behaviors, the most obvious being affectionate face licking.
Recent research has shown the wild dog to have behaviors verging on classic altruism. This is particularly evident in pup raising, which is a pack effort with males shouldering much of the responsibility.

Perhaps the most obvious expression of the wild dogs' altruistic tendencies is their feeding style. After a prey animal has been successfully brought down, each pack member is allowed to eat. The feeding scene is a peaceful one rather than a savage frenzy. This behavior is uncharacteristic of other large carnivores, such as lions, which often fight over a carcass.

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To IanSewell: Where was this taken?japie 1 11-29 14:40
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I like it Japie,
Very good composition, good colours and good dof, very good job you did

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-30 6:12]

He he, this sure is a flash back to my South Africa trip a couple of years ago. We saw some very VERY curious Wild dogs at a reserve there. So curious that they came up to the car and we had to roll up the window really fast he he. Gosh i wish i had had a better camera then, it would have made a funny picture.

About the photo, it is well taken i think. It is just a pitty that there are some over exposed areas, i guess that comes from the fill flash. I haven't tried using that myself yet. The expresion in his eyes are nice only he seem to be looking out of the frame, which makes my own eyes want to wonder off the frame as well. I think a litle bit more space to the right would have been good.

Very well done Japie.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-30 6:15]

Great capture of animal, the eyes are fantastic, great composition and well done.

Hi Japie, thanks for the welcome note. Great details and nice DOF. Great expression in his eyes too. I like it very much.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-30 12:30]

Great composition.
Good contrast, even with the flash, and a good note.
Well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-30 13:13]

Great image of animal, Japie, the eyes are fantastic, great composition and well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-30 13:24]

Yes Japie, the eyes are great and I can see why you like it. The fur and poise of this Painted Dog is very nice. My only nit is the hot whites on the head, where all the detail has been lost. Look above his right eye.

Very nice one, Japie, I must have missed it on TE. The details in the coat of the wild dog are superbly rendered, and I like how the alert eyes stand out amidst the beautiful black and white pattern of the fur. Fine "portrait" with a good DOF, well done.

Japie, this is stunning. so close the detail is superb. The eyes are captivating. I can even see the wet snout. Very nice one. Thanx for sharing. This specimen looks very whitish in and around the face. Is this so with all wild dogs?

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-07-31 0:11]

Hola Japie: Other interesting animal that me not to have seen before, I appreciate the beauty of the ears and the coat of this animal, its color in white and black is beautiful, this dog apparently inspires sweetness, wild fondness, but when doing his eyes with detail, his eyes seem fire, he would think a little more but when reading your note, it is surprising the behavior that them to have with regard to the prey and the manners that share with their other partners. Saludos Cordiales. Feliz fin de semana. *Ninfa Urania*

Good expression and interesting subject. It looks as though it may have been difficult lighting too. Thanks for the good note.

tes photo sont vraiment belle bravo pour celle ci qui est très original.

Very nice photo - great close up of the face. Where was it taken?

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-23 5:28]

Very nice portrait, frame and sharpness OK.

Hi Japie
its very nice portraid

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