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Please, scratch my itch

Please, scratch my itch
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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: 2007-01-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Horns; big, long or otherwise, Mammals of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 11:38
Viewed: 5556
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is one of the five species of rhinoceros that still exists and is one of the few megafauna species left. Behind the elephant, it is probably the most massive remaining land animal in the world, along with the Indian Rhinoceros which is similar in size. It is well known for its wide mouth used for grazing and for being the most social of all rhino species. The White Rhino is the most common of all rhinos and consists of two subspecies, with the northern subspecies being rarer than the southern.

There are two subspecies of White Rhinos; as of 2005, South Africa has the most of the first subspecies, The Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum). Their population is about 13,000 (approximately 12,000 in the wild), making them the most abundant subspecies of rhino in the world. Wild-caught southern whites will readily breed in captivity given appropriate amounts of space and food, as well as the presence of other female rhinos of breeding age. For instance, 91 calves have been born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park since 1972. However, for reasons that are not currently understood, the rate of reproduction is extremely low among captive-born southern white females.

This photo was taken in the Pilansberg National Park, South Africa. It clearly shows the wide mouth of the white rhino. This youngster clearly had an itch and used a family members horn to scratch it.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-29 19:50]
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Hi Willem

Ek laaik daardie 'platbek paddajie'.

This is a very interesting shot showing lovely group interaction between these colossi. I like the shot very much and although the 3rd animal in the back were partially obscured it at least does not distract since it actually formed a nice BG for the 2 younger rhinos in the foreground.

The colours seem natural although a slight injection of saturation probably would not have impacted on those rhinos’ rights or social standings. Great details and excellent exposure control made this posting rather pleasing on the eye.

Well done and TFS.

PS. Sorry man, but since it is 02:55 right now and I still want to catch some shut eye before wake up time, I took a bit of a short cut on this one.

Hierdie is baie goed Willem! Gaan naar !Horny Hoe op dees aarde kryg jy dees NEUSHOORN so pragtig?

That "nosehorn" straight in the air finally explains to me the name of these megafauna fellas.

Is that a wattle in the b/g? Nice splash of colour with those masses of gray!

Great shot of a special moment! You know where it will be featured! ;) Tfs! Groetnis, J.

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