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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-24 2:29
Viewed: 3873
Points: 44
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hartebeest , large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus. The hartebeest resembles a horse with horns. It has a very long face and a small hump between the shoulders; its coat is fawn or reddish and its ringed horns curve up and inward in a U shape. Most kinds of hartebeest stand about 4 ft (120 cm) at the shoulder and weigh about 400 lb (180 kg). Swift animals of the plains, hartebeests usually live in herds of around a dozen animals and are often found associated with other herd animals, such as zebras, gnus, and gazelles. The common hartebeest ( A. buselaphus ) has many races, distributed through most of Africa. Although the races are given different common names (e.g., the kongoni, or Coke's hartebeest, of E Africa), they are quite similar in appearance and behavior and interbreed readily. The N African bulbul and the S African red hartebeest are extinct races of the common hartebeest. The former was known to the Romans and was very numerous until the 19th cent. Swayne's hartebeest, a small Ethiopian race, is in danger of extinction. A second species, Lichtenstein's hartebeest ( A. lichtensteini ), is found in SE Africa. An antelope related to the hartebeests, Damaliscus hunteri, is known as Hunter's hartebeest but is more properly called a damalisk . The hartebeest is classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Bovidae.


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Nice shot in good light, on the down side, it looks so dopey :) what's that grass he's eating ;)


Ciao Paul, great capture of lovely creture, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-24 3:20]

Hello Paul,
A top grade capture of the Hartebeest, close to perfecttion in every aspect: the pose, POV, lighting, natural colours, OOF natural Bg and composition with a nice eye contact as a bonus.
Well done Paul!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-24 3:20]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful photo of this Hartebeest. The warm colours are gorgeous, also in the matching BG. Taken from an excellent POV in great sharpness. Good composition, DOF and eye contact.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-24 5:21]

Hi Pauly.
Many thanks for your kind comments and opportunity to see your nice gallery. I also like this picture, pleasant presentation of the cute animal (eye-contact is sweet), nice shallow DOF and smooth FG and BG. Brownish colour palette is fine. TFS and best regards.

Hi Paul,

simply a wonderful composition for a wonderful specimen of Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus caama).Perfect focus with its eye to draw the attention of the onlooker.The light is very well managed and the animal stands out well against the BG, not a so simple thing to do, considering the coat's colour and that of the environment wherein it lives.Very lucky to live in a place so rich in so many different animal species.How i envy you!



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-24 6:42]

Fine portrait of this hartebeest with good lighting and colors. tfs.

Heheheh...you call him and it turn the head just for you...magnificent pose and the usual magic light for the best warm colors and great sharpness.Very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Pauly,
another excellent photo of this animal. Great sharpness. Perfect point of view. Very good depth of field.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Pauly
Another impressive African animal and another beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hola Paul

Gracias por tu comentario.

Una imagen muy bella, de este animal en tono marrón con su fondo similar pero mas claro, una foto realmente bien tomada, contrastes y nitidez excelentes.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-24 10:08]

Hi Paul,

I like African mammels. This hartebeest is great. Very warm colors and look at that eye. Excellent! I hope to see more from Africa.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-24 10:47]

Hi Paul,
Excellent photo presentation of this interesting species,TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-24 11:30]

Hello Paul.
Fine capture of the Antelope with excellent POV,DOF, sharpness and details. Nice natural colour tones.Liked the attentive look captured here.Best regards Siggi

great light and great composityion, TFS Ori

Hi Pauly,
Fantastic sighting! Not something one sees everyday. Great capture with clear detail and beautiful colors. Very well done and tfs.

hello Paul
very good sharpness picture and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Pauly
Very nice photo of this red hartebeest.
We saw many of them during our recent visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Hello Paul, another good picture with very nice light and details. All the best, Paul

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  • gasson (126)
  • [2011-05-25 6:42]

Great eye contact in your photo Paul, with ears pricked to boot, it adds up to an image which really holds our attention. Beautiful colours too.

While I have to content myself with such species as the "lesser spotted Bolivian Highland Butterfly" you there in Africa have the cream of the world's mammals to turn your lens on!

Regards to you Paul,

Ciao Paul. So interesting serie of wild nature you're posting. Excellent light here so like the space's management. Best regards.


Bonjour Pauly,
Belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ pour cette très bonne valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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