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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: 2004-07-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-04 3:42
Viewed: 6365
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have previously posted this image on TE and had comments that the colors were too hot/orange. I have adjusted the levels and hope that it is easier in the eye. The remainder of the red can only be removed if the pyjama donkies are put through a car wash :)

Vital statistics

Hartman's Mountain Zebra

There is no significant difference between the sexes, except that the stallions are heavier at and average of 298 kg, compared to the 276 kg of mares. Adult stallions over seven years of age, can weigh as much as 343 kg. Adult stallions are 1.5 m at the shoulders, with a tail length of 500 mm and ears 280 mm long. In order to cope with the attrition of rocky terrain, the hooves of this species grows extremely fast. The difference between this specie and the Cape Mountain Zebra is mainly only in size, the latter being slightly smaller. There is a trend for the the light stripes of the Hartmann’s zebra to be wider than that of the Cape Mountain species.

Like all equids, this is a grazer which spends the best part of a day feeding. The grazing pattern tends to follow the contours of the terrain, along which the grazing progression tends to be in a zigzag forward pattern.

This is not a seasonal breeder since foals can be born the year round, although there tends to be a peak during the rainy season. Mares foal for the first time at the age of three years. Foals weigh about 25 kg at birth. Gestation period is about 12 months. Foals have a high survival rate, probably since adults in the herd actively defend them against predators. Stallions become sexually active at about three years of age.

As intoned by the vernacular name, the Hartman’s mountain zebra is adapted to rugged, broken mountain escarpments, where herds rely on areas with permanent water sources and sufficient variety and quantities of grass fodder to sustain breeding populations.

Life span: At least 25 years

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Very good one Japie,
Good composition, great colours, I reallu like the way you took it, it's very good. So as your note, very good job Japie.

Great Japie.
I like the colors and it is sharp with nice compo.
The note is great.
Well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-04 5:02]

Gran captura Japie.
Excelente composicion, encuadre y oportunidad de disparo.
Bellos colores y un atinado DOF para resaltar los animales.

Great capture Japie.
Excellent composition, frame and opportunity of firing.
Beautiful colors and an accurate DOF to emphasize the animals.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-04 5:22]

Great shot, Japie. Beautiful detail and colour, especially on the right-hand zebra. Good DOF. Thank you for the very informative note.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-04 5:50]

Good one Japie, I like the composition the photo has a warm feel to it and the contrast, and different poses od hte zebra's is attractive.

Japie, nice composure of the animals. The unique light does not make them look black & whitish. I like it. The shadow on the left a bit dark, just a nit. Very nice job. Very detailed note. Thanks for sharing.

Is it one or are there two:-)))
Nice shot, Jaap !

Great catch and very good composed those couple of zebras, very good note.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-04 14:08]

Who is who Japie, a much very nice lines in a good pattern, excellent note too!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-04 14:11]

A great composition.
Angle of view is really well chosen.
Very efficient DOF and details.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-04 15:36]

The title should have been Siamese Twins! These pyjama donkeys are always a hit. I am sure you know my small nits already – the left zebbie lost the hoof and the one on the right is looking into a solid door, open a bit to give space top and right. And fill flash for the shadows on the left too. BTW, the red earth in our part of the world gives everything a reddish hue!

Wonderful shot, Japie. The "90 degree" posing with one of them seen in profile and the other one looking towards your camera is priceless. Good contrast that really renders the classical "zebra" pattern to the best.

Very nice (and funny) picture of these zebras Japie. I love the position - they really looks like Siamese twins. Colours and composition are very nice.

Great photo, nice catch.
Very good composition.

Lovel compostion. Like the way the zebras are facing different directions.

Very nice visual effect good note

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-13 10:00]

Japie, great composition. Looking in a glance, one can have the strange feeling it's a two-headed zebra.

DOF is nice too. Excellent job.


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