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African Wild Dogs

African Wild Dogs
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/750 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-15 3:39
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Points: 38
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Lycaon pictus
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lycaon pictus is a large canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African Wild Dog, African Hunting Dog, Cape Hunting Dog, Painted Dog, Painted Wolf, Painted Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog, or Ornate Wolf.
The scientific name "Lycaon pictus" is derived from the Greek for "wolf" and the Latin for "painted". It is the only canid species to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs.

Adults typically weigh 1834 kilograms (4075 lb). A tall, lean animal, it stands about 75 centimetres (30 in) at the shoulder, with a head and body length averaging about 100 centimetres (39 in) long with a tail of 30 to 45 centimetres (12 to 18 in). Animals in southern Africa are generally larger than those in eastern or western Africa.

There is little sexual dimorphism, though judging by skeletal dimensions, males are usually 3-7% larger. It has a dental formula of for a total of 42 teeth. The premolars are relatively large compared with those of other canids, allowing it to consume a large quantity of bone, much like hyenas. The heel of the lower carnassial M1 is crested with a single cusp, which enhances the shearing capacity of teeth and thus the speed at which prey can be consumed. This feature is called trenchant heel and is shared with two other canids: the Asian Dhole and the South American Bush Dog.

The African Wild Dog has a bite force quotient measured at 142, the highest of any extant mammal of the order Carnivora, although exceeded by the Tasmanian devil a marsupial carnivore. The BFQ is essentially the strength of bite relative to the animal's mass.
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Ciao Bungbind, great capture of hard scene, fantastic actin shoot, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hola Bungbing.

Interesante escena de la vida cotidiano en la naturaleza salvaje.
Buen foco y POV ,Suave luz que colabora en la calidad de la imagen,
Saludos y que tengas un buen fin de semana.

Good action shot, though I'm curious about what these wild dogs are trying to tear apart, Bunyapon. Or are they just playing around?
Thanks and regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-15 6:25]

Oh, that's large chunk of meat they are fighting for, well captured. tfs.

Hallo Bunyapon,
a very beautiful picture of this wild scene, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, great timing for a dynamic impacting composition
Best regards

hello Bungbing
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-15 8:40]

Hello Bungbing,
Very nice action photo in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a very good low POV.

Hello Bungbind,
Wonderful picture.
This is amazing eat,
This photo make me hungry.
I must eat meat :)
Have a good wekend dear friend.

Impressive scene Bunyapon! Good photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Bunyapon.
Very interesting photo. This is true nature. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Bunyapon,
great capture of these hungry wild dogs in action. Good sharpness, fine light and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Las escenas que t publicas aqu son imposibles :0)
Buen y oportuno momento el que captaste, sin duda un excelente documento para Tn.
Saludos y buen fin de semana Bun:
J. Ignasi.

Hello Bungbing,

The situation with the fight over food is very well recorded!
And I'm pretty sure the dark one will win, and the other have to suffice with the leftovers...
A well framed situation, interesting scene with good details!

Pablo -

Very original Lycaon portrait!
Wonderful capture with excellent details and very good focus!

hello Bunyapon,
Beautiful picture of this wild scene,
Excellent sharpness and colour..
Nice timing and composition.


Hello Bungbing

Excellent photo of these African Wild Dogs
excellent timing to shoot the photo the animals
fighting for the same food, with lovely light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Bunyapon. Impressive amazing lights and perfect sharp for this dramatic moment. Excellent colour results.


great capture Buny, excellent details and very good action in your picture,
congratulations !

have a nice evening too,

ciao, tino

Interesting scene in motion while fighting on meat. I like DOF here.

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