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Bearded Pig

Bearded Pig
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 21:31
Viewed: 3464
Points: 24
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Bearded Pig
Sus barbatus

To beard or not to beard...
This is never a question for bearded pigs Sus barbatus. These large, tropical pigs are named for the coarse, bristly hair growing out of the top of their snout. Both males and females have these "beards," but those on the male are thicker and more luxurious. Bearded pigs can travel in groups of up to 300 individuals, migrating and sometimes completely disappearing from an area, only to reappear a few months later. Boars usually travel by themselves and do not join in these migrations.

Like all pigs, bearded pigs will "root," or dig, with their snouts for food. They are so strong that a family of bearded pigs can dig a hole this way through dirt so hard packed that humans must use jackhammers to break through it! Because their habitat is disappearing due to logging, bearded pigs are considered pests as they move onto farmland in search of food. Humans have also hunted bearded pigs for food for more than 40,000 years.

This photo was taken at the San Diego Zoo.


Adanac, loot, elefantino, jokin, vanderschelden, Alex99, marmottelolo, wallhalla15, livios has marked this note useful
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-29 22:45]

Hi Manyee,
Very fine portrait of this Bearded Pig ( AKA Pot Scrubber Pad ), sharp details and good POV. Thanks for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-30 0:06]
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Hi ManYee

What a weird and wonderful creature you have dished up (sorry for the pun) this time?

Mmmmm, to beard or not to beard...I think I heard that somewhere before. Oh yes, I once heard Dame von Warzenschwein mentioned something about a distant relative called Wheelliam Shiverspear who always used to shake the applecart with his strange tales (not tails) about life in Milkweed Ally. That is the place where various kinds of ‘Wheel Mouths’ (alternatively called hogs) live. The story had something to do with the big kahuna called Adaum Silvermane who banned all forms of hairy faces after a referendum (to Beard or Not to Beard) determined that popular opinion wanted all wheel mouths to be clean shaven. Obviously this caused an outcry by certain kinds of wheel mouths and all the members of the ‘Barbatus’ clan migrated to a farming commune called ooZ ogeiD naS, but apparently you have to be a bit backward to find this place. Now Dame von Warzenschwein is not insinuating anything (forward or backwards), but she just wonders if you actually possessed the right make-up or constitution and uncovered the location of her long lost relatives. Unless of course she is seeing things after she ate some funny ‘pitte’ at her Christmas party the other night at the new hang out or dig in Trekula Naturalis. ;-)

I don’t hope you’ve been grovelling dirt again for this low POV or were you actually standing upright (chuckle)? That lovely brown eye seems to be so sad that the above tale almost seems to get life. You managed to capture great details and contrasts in this shot and obviously that required a well controlled DOF and exposure through the optimum aperture.

Great work my friend and TFS.

PS. Hopefully our TN friends won't think I've gone around the bend. Maybe most readers will not understand the background to this story (as it really is 'Episode II' of the wheel mouth saga) which started here and continued with the reply and subsequent interaction here, but that is another long story.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-30 0:46]

Hello Manyee

Another unique post.This guy doesn't seem to ambitious.Good POV and DOF.The details are razor sharp.Well composed with nice natural colours.I have never seen this pig before.TFS


Nice portrait with excellent light on the eye.
Good sharpness and compo.
(wish you a great 2007)

Very impressive Christmas decoration:-), this one has.
Never seen this before...a Bearded pig.
Good compo and interesting content. Very sharp indeed.
Good work...
Happy New Year in advance;-) to you and your family!

Hi Manyee,
What a ugly animal, but how beautifully captured, with razor sharp details and colors. When looking at it again, this guy does have something cute. The way he looks is probably it. It actually took me a while to see that he was lying in the dirt. I thought he was standing, but that is probably caused by the focal distance.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-30 9:30]

Hi Manyee.
What of your two pigs is real? : ))
Excellent crop, details and sharpness. I also like the POV and extremely well selected DOF. I don't say that this pig is really a beauty. But your shot is very nice definitely. My compliments and TFS. Yappy New Year.

bonjour manyee
ho il mange de la tête!c'est vraiment un "cochon".
portrait reussi et bonne note.
meilleurs voeux pour 2007.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-30 13:37]

Manyee , What a cute Pig , Good sharpnes pose details pov and framing tfs Good Weekend ,Teunie .

Hello Manyee,
this is another very interesting pig. This is a very nice portrait shot. Excellent sharpness, great POV and framing. This is a great composition. Thank you my friend. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-31 10:01]

Manyee, a great subject, an excellent image.

Perfect sharpness, pov and composition.

Perfect exposure upon the whites.

Hi ManYee,
I came to read Loot's hysterical "tail" and discovered that I haven't left a critique for this shot! ...thought I did....I think sometimes I get distracted and forget to press "add". One can see here why boar's hair has been used for hairbrushes for so long. I think he would feel fairly stiff haired. It is an amazingly sharp image. What a snout!

Evelynn : )

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