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Copyright: Farid Radjouh (ridfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1 D MK III, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 IS USM, Compact Flash Card
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 23:30
Viewed: 4307
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa. It lives in swamps, floodplains as well as montane grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa. Buffalo can be found from the highest mountains to sea level areas, and prefer habitat with dense cover such as reeds and thickets. Herds have also been found in open woodland and grassland.
Like the Plains zebra, the Buffalo can subsist on tall, coarse grasses. Herds of buffalo will reduce grass level to the height that is preferred by selective grazers. When feeding, the buffalo makes use of its tongue and wide incisor row to eat grass more quickly than other African herbivores. Buffalo do not stay on trampled or depleted areas for long.
Other than humans, African buffalo have few predators and are capable of defending themselves against (and sometimes killing) lions. Lions do kill and eat buffalo regularly, but it typically takes multiple lions to bring down a single adult buffalo; only large male lions have been known to take down adult buffalo on their own. The leopard and spotted hyena are a threat only to newborn calves.

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Hi Farid,

Perfectly focused. Sharp. I like this big creature. Neat BG.
Great shot!

Ben Lakitan.

Hello Farid,
Another very good one...
Beautiful eyes and wet nose...think it is a career boy.

merhaba Farid,
I looked at your portfolio in last week and I saw perfect captures from famous African nature. also I added you in my favourite list. Nice to see a new great shot from South Africa. Water buffalo gave a great pose and you presented it with great POV, composition and focus. Very lovely looking and perfect symetry. good information also. thanks
best wishes from Turkiye

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-03 4:41]

Hi Farid,
I liked your frontal POV, composition and the pose you captured.TFS
All the best,

Very good portrait with superb use of the light background to give emphasis to the horns.

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