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Burchell's zebras

Burchell's zebras
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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: 2007-10-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2, Family Matters 3, Vanderschelden's Burchell's zebra [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 11:58
Viewed: 4979
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is photo of a Burchell’s zebra and its young, captured during a rainy and cloudy day in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Burchell's Zebra is a large land mammal with an off-white coloring, but never pure white. The shadow stripes are usually well marked, and the leg stripes are absent or poor, and almost never complete to hooves.
Like most animal species, female zebras mature earlier than the males and a mare may have her first foal by the age of three. Males are not able to breed until the age of five or six. Mares may give birth to one foal every twelve months. She nurses the foal for up to a year. Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after they're born. A zebra foal is brown and white instead of black and white at birth.
Plains and Mountain zebra foals are protected by their mother as well as the head stallion and the other mares in their group. Grevy’s zebra foals have only their mother as a regular protector since, as noted above, Grevy's zebra groups often disband after a few months.

Thanks for looking, reading, critiqueing, etc…and I wish you a superb weekend!!!!

nglen, Jamesp, MMM, Luis52, writerscrawlz, jaycee, iris, Dis. Ac., Janice, Juyona, maurydv, marhowie, horia has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-20 12:02]

Hi Annick. A good close up of the Zebra and its young. The parent has it eyes on you . good detail in the markings. the young looks cute . natural lookng colour well done tFS.

Have a good weekend

Bonjour Annick,
Jolie posture de ce zèbre avec son petit qui semble avoir repéré le photographe.
Bonne journée....JP

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-20 12:29]

Hi Annick

An excellent composition - makes full use of the frame - plus great exposure and focus.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-20 12:57]

Hi annick
Nice familly image.Excelelnt POV and nice eye contact with the mother.Sharp iamge to.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,

Lovely shot of these Zebras with a wonderful composition. You picked you moment really well. A classic wildlife shot. Really nice.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-20 13:39]

Hola Annick.
La Zebras luce sus bellos colores gracias a la calidad de la foto. La pose y el entorno que los rodea en su medio abiente le dan mas valor a la imagen.
Saludos Annick.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-20 14:38]
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Hallo Annick,
Prachtige sfeer in deze foto. Het weinige licht draagt daar aan bij, het heeft ook zijn charmes. Goede scherpte en compositie.
Goed weekend,

This is incredible, adorable, endearing, awesome, and one of my favorites of yours. I love the mama with her youngster - and those stripes - look at them long enough and I get dizzy.

I saw a program the other day that while in a herd, one zebra is difficult for a predator to catch because they can't tell where there is one or many - the stripes confuse them.

The POV here is absolutely wonderful. She's looking straight at you, but baby doesn't seem to care. If there was something to worry about, he/she is depending on mommy to give him further instructions.

Thank you so much for posting this...

Would you be offended if I said that I envy some of the shots you're able to take? I'd love to visit your area for a couple of weeks...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-20 16:21]
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Hi Annick,

A beautiful shot of parent and child. Zebras are so wonderful and you captured them perfectly. I love the way the baby is standing so close to the adult. Faces, bodies and legs are superb with wonderful colors and details. How can anyone not love seeing Zebras?


Hallo Annick,

wederom een prachtige foto en je kan putten uit veel Afrikaanse natuurfoto's.
Deze composite is ook prachtig.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-20 23:50]

Beautiful shot of mother and child Annick. I do like the look of these off-white and brown and black stripes - our local zoo has one with these colourings. And the short hair on the back of the foal above the tail looks cute - like a mohawk!!
Well captured

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-21 0:27]

Hola amigo,
Genial trabajo,
hermosa captura y encuadre,
saludos Annick

Stupenda immagine di zebre, POV e composizione con il piccolo appoggiato alla madre esaltano la bellezza di questi splendidi animali, eccellente nitidezza, magnifici i colori e l'ambientazione. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-21 3:29]

Hello Annick, Good note and well presented. Subject is sharp and superbly focussed. Exellent Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-21 13:15]

This is really good, Annick!
It's so smooth yet very detailed.
Excellent lighting and natural colours.
Very, very sharp.

Really well done!


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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2008-06-21 23:29]

Un classique du genre, bien mis en valeur. Bravo Annick.


Hi Annick,
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-22 8:18]

Hi Annick

Sorry for being a bit late...i was on a long hike yesterday and i was quite tired :)

Your amazing series from KNP keeps receiving more and more superb additions and i'm really charmed by the quality and quantity of the shots you managed to get in that trip :)
Here you have a very nice, touching, family portrait, presented from an excellent POV and, once more, with a spot-on DOF.
The sharpness is, needless to say, impeccable and the scene is very well completed by the nice vegetation around and behind the zebras.

Bravo and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-22 22:06]

Hello Annick

A beautiful capture,the pose really makes a lovely composition.
The details are lovely.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The pov and dof are well done.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-23 23:25]

Rain or Shine ....
Annick you make a capture the best of its kind...

Now after that little rhyme lauding your works, i should tell you that this mummy and baby you have cpatured make a fine pair.I like thier criss-cross postures captured against a neat Bg.I like the way the little one stands almost snuggled up against its mum absorbing its heat and warmth.The shot is classy and si done with a wonderful PoV and colours.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Annick
How cute is this!!! This is a nice composition of mom and foal. I like that mom in looking right into the camera and the foal is turned away but you can see his head perfectly. I like the nice soft lighting. It's interesting to read that this species is not white but off white. I also like how you can see the long hair on the foals back. Good notes.
TFS Janice

Nice parent/child zebra capture. Looks like the image may be a little flat at the upper (white) range of the image and does not go anywhere close to 'pure' white (255,255,255)

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