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Crocuta crocuta

Crocuta crocuta
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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Super Macro II
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Canidae, Baby Animals 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-07 6:34
Viewed: 5009
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An early morning shot, just as we entered the Kruger park. The sunlight outlining this young one made it a worthwhile try.

Some info thanks to Wildlife Campus.

Spotted hyaenas are exceptionally powerfully built in their forequarters, and have a sloping back with reasonably insubstantial hindquarters. They have a
massive head containing the most powerful jaws of any land animal, mammal or otherwise.
Hyaena are classed as carnivores, and merit their own unique family. They are not a sub-set of the dog family (Canidae). There is no consensus in terms of
the spelling of their common name. This varies from hyaena to hyena. The former is a more modern and correct variation and is the one used for formal
classification. This text uses this spelling.

Spotted hyaenas are probably one of the noisiest of all African mammals. At least 11 highly distinctive and remarkably varied calls are recognised. These
calls include:
-a whoop
-an ooooooo
-a giggle
-a yell
-a growl
-a rattling growl
-a grunt
-a groan
-a whine
-a whinny
-a squeal.
The giggle is a high cracking laugh, which gives this animal its alternate name of the laughing hyaena. It is usually made by an individual that is being chased or harassed, and is indicative of anxiety and fear.

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they are amusing and entrepreneurial in their hunting and scavenging...even the lion has some difficulty in getting rid of them after a kill
i like this singular shot of the hyena making its foraging investigations.

your shot will sharpen..here is a link...dont know how to url them so far on this site


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-07 10:39]

Great shot of this young hyena. Good POV and good pose. The focus seems to be a tad soft, but I really like the backlit fur standing up on top of his back. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-07 18:53]

Excellent capture!
Great back lighting, and nice colours,
good composed ane frame.
Well done!

Excellent shot of the little fellow. Good composition, the advantages of early morning light is clearly visible here. Well captured

Great note.

Hi Riaan,

You got this in some nice light. The pose and details are fine. The crop maybe a bit tight around the critter. Watch out for those arials on the back. :)

Nice one. TFS.

Very nice pic, the composition is very good.

Ag hy is sommer net cute.
Baie mooi

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  • OWO Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 18] (120)
  • [2005-12-30 8:47]

Nice pic! I love thes animals just for what they are, clever. So many unflattering myths on these beautiful creatures.

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