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White Rhino In Kruger National Park

White Rhino In Kruger National Park
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-09-26 7:13
Viewed: 1901
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this picture of " WHITE RHINO" in Kruger National Park. My 70-300 mm Tamron lens was not enough to capture its full body, so I used my Compact Canon camera. We were very close to it.

Two Rhinos graze the tall grass in the *****#**** region of Kruger National Park, unaware of their bloated cousin lying dead just a meter away. Vultures eye the body greedily from a nearby tree while an orchestra of flies feast on the latest victim of Poaching.

An investigator from the South African National Parks Crime Unit gingerly steps around the butchered animal to collect evidence - in the hopes of catching the perpetrators. A metal detector locates the Bullet inside the body before the team dissects the carcass.

In 2010, poachers could get $7,500 for a set of horns. But now they get much more. A large horn can now fetch a maximum of $ 120,000 by weight.

Riches like these have attracted criminal networks operating from Southern Africa to China. So while relocating and protecting Rhinos might spread the risk or outfox a few poachers, experts say it will not be enough until international coordination follows the money trail and brings down the Rhino horn Kingpins.

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Hello Srikumar,
Excellent capture of a very nice spice of rhino. Amazing details, colors and sharpness.
Thanks for shring!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-26 7:22]

Hi Srikumar,a very very lucky meeting,not easy to be so close a big rhino,and you caught in the best way this opportunity as usual,your compact camera works very well as i can see..ehehe..absolutely perfect,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Great shot Sri
very good sharpness and good light on this Rhino
the colours and details are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-26 7:28]

Hello Srikumar,
Very nice photo of this Rhino in natural colours and fine sharpness. It looks very imposing on the road. Also by its fascinating horn.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of superb creature, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Srikumar

A moving photo and a more moving note.The pathos is well reflected in the face.

With warm regards

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-09-26 10:40]

Hi Srikumar,

An impressive photo of this monster that is the rhino.
I does not know this it is the centring that he makes it, but which length.
One attractive specimen in any case.
My best regards,
John Vantighem

What a lucky!! Congratulations.

This animal is soooooo big that it occupies the whole road.
SO MUCH MONEY FOR A RHINO HORN!!! Quite an education.
Sharp and well focused.
Best regards of gratitude for sharing this one.

What a GREAT image this is with wonderful light and shead.Such a massive creature with strong body structure........

Although compact camera,but excellente foto.I prefer your works-mainly dept of field and using of light.Keep posting without careing jelous members negetive comment.....They can't reach you!

Perfect light beautiful colours perfect details. Just an unusual situation.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-28 17:03]
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Hello Srikumar,
It is Sunday evening here in Ohio and the sun has just gone down. This is the first time I've had a chance to see this awesome creature, and what a magnificent animal it is.
I guess I never realized how large these big fellows were. Your image gives us an indication by the way it almost completely spans the entire road. Outstanding detail and beautiful colors.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-29 7:12]

Hi Srikumar,
A marvellous capture from close range,is really huge. Gorgeous light and colours.
Nice photo of this beautiful animal.
Regards Jiri.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-09-29 10:15]

Hi Srikumar,
Fantastic composition ..
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours
Best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-09-30 9:20]

Fantastica foto. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-10-01 17:55]

Que impactante imagen de este gigantesco rinoceronte, Srikumar... y que gran riesgo has corrido estando tan cerca. Su caracter es iracundo y pasan de la aparente tranquilidad a la furia en segundos. Magnífica foto de cuerpo completo... Le has sacado un gran provecho a este viaje a Africa, amigo mio...

Super cool capture! I love rhinos, they look just like dinosaurs. I managed to get some shots in Tanzania but never close, I was very unfortunate in my quest, maybe next time? Thanks for sharing. :)

Hi Sri,
I think a photo like this is the wet dream of everyone travelling to Africa... Simple yet magic, visual manifestation of a memory which will never be forgotten. Horrific and wonderful at the same time. Hats off of you!
Best regards, László

Hello Srikumar

Great shot of this amazing African wild animal, he is almost covering all the road,
great backlight effect, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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