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Charging Rhino

Charging Rhino
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretoria Zoo 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 4:41
Viewed: 10432
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis; also colloquially, Black Rhino) is a mammal in the order Perissodactyla, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Although the Rhino is referred to as a "Black" creature, it is actually more of a grey/white colour in appearance.

Like all species of rhinoceros, it is on the endangered species list due to excessive poaching for their horns, which are mostly used in dagger handles as a symbol of wealth in many countries, and as a febrifuge in Chinese traditional medicine. Contrary to popular opinion, only small amounts of the horns are consumed as an aphrodisiac. A poaching wave in the 1970's and 1980's wiped out over 96% of the Black Rhino populations across Africa.

The name of the species was chosen to distinguish it from the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). This is very misleading, as those two species are not really distinguishable by color. The word "White" in the name "White Rhinoceros" deriving from the Afrikaans word for "wide" rather than the colour white.

The Black Rhinoceros is much smaller than the White Rhinoceros, and has a pointed, prehensile upper lip, which they use to grasp leaves and twigs when feeding. White Rhinoceros have square lips used for grazing grass. The Black Rhinoceros can also be recognized from the White Rhinoceros by its smaller skull and ears and its more pronounced forehead. Black Rhinoceros also do not have a distinguishing shoulder hump like the White Rhinoceros.

Photo was taken at the Pretoria Zoo in South Africa.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-21 4:45]

Hi Willem,

Great action which you captured very well,I know its quite difficult to capture an animal in motion,you did a grest job,

well done


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-21 5:46]

Hi Willem.
Great shot of this Rhino it is my favourite animal. Last time I was in kruger I saw them very close but it was running away so I could not take a shot.
Great work.

Something is wrong with your colour balance: too much magenta.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-23 18:39]

What a fantastic action shot, Willem.
The details are amazingly sharp, yet the blurry BG suggests fast running.
A wonderful shot.
TFS. : )

Hi Willem,

It is amazing that you captured this animal in FULL motion and managed to get the details well too.

TFS, regards, Kiran.

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