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Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-07-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-07 7:43
Viewed: 7884
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In 2001 we visited Uganda. A beautiful country. A sensation is the expedition to the Mountain-Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei).
After the preparation for a heavy day with a lot of climbing through the bush of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park one of the gards found a small group. 4 Hours of searching was paid out. And how... It's one of the biggest sensations I ever experienced. What a huge animals! We stand there for more than an hour hanging on the steep slope against the trees in a deep silence. It was almost impossible to make photos.
You could approach them till 5 meters.
This day I will never forget.

Gorillas are the biggest monkeys. De gorillas of Bwindi are mountain-gorillas, the most rare gorilla-species. In Uganda the mountain-gorillas only live in Virunga (about 300) and in Bwindi (about 290) The other kind are the lowland-gorillas. Gorillas live only in moisture jungle of West and Central Africa.
Gorillas live in familygroups of roughly 12 animals with one or two silverbacks (males).
In general they are vegetarians. They eat more than 60 different kind of plants. Also fruit and occasionally insects, snakes and even dead babies. The plants contain a lot of water. They only drink in the dry season from streams and lick the water of their coat during a rainshower.
They are traveling and eating in the morning and rest in the afternoon. The silverback decide mostly where to go, to eat and rest.

There a lot more to tell about them, but one thing is very important:
The battle for the survival of the gorillas and their forest home is not won. There are too few gorillas, the protected area is too small and education and community outreach is still in need of expansion.

Before I posted a photo almost the same like this. But now I see the quality of this one is better. It is a scanned slide. I hope you like it.

viv, rousettus, maurydv, nglen, Silvio2006, siggi, eng55, CeltickRanger, anel, boreocypriensis, SelenE, goldfinchtr has marked this note useful
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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-07 8:02]

Hallo Peter,
Wat een geweldige ervaring moet dat voor je geweest zijn. En dat je ze tot vijf meter hebt kunnen benaderen, kon je nog wel ademen. Want ik neem aan dat als je daar staat je totaal geen geluid wil maken. En dan nog fotograferen dan lijkt het wel of er een trein voorbij komt lijkt mij. Het is in ieder geval een schitterend plaatje. Het heeft wel iets intiems, dat straalt het in ieder geval uit.

Hello Peter,
it looks some saddy. But great capture for famous Mountain-Gorilla. focus, POV, timing very nice. Good informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing, best wishes

Hello Peter,
another wonderful portrait of Mountain Gorilla taken from an excellent POV with great sharpness, very beautiful natural colours, i like the "tete à tete" atmosphere in a very nice composition.
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-07 9:04]

Hi Peter. Along with an Elephant this is one animal i would love to see in the wild. You have taken such a fine close up of this gorilla. It shows how calm it must have been with you around just laying their playing with the grass. Fine detail in the fur. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Ciao Peter,superb portrait with fantastic expression and nice pose, really seems so human, interesting note, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hallo Peter
geweldig dat je dit heb kunnen nemen
zo dicht bij ,ik heb al moeite met wilde zwijnen laat staan met gorilla's
super schot
groetjes lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-07 10:00]

Hello Peter.
Excellent capture, obtained to catch the expression of this magnificent Gorila. Good framing and clearness. Extraordinary work.
Photographic greetings,
Best regards Siggi

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-03-07 10:11]

Hello Peter,
It is wonderful photo, ı love it:)But it looks some saddy. ıt may think about global warming!!!Good informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-07 10:44]

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,lighting and expression on face a lot.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

the pose and the in-deep-thoughts expression are interesting
good angle and framing

hello Peter

a superb close-up/portrait photography of the Mountain Gorilla,
photo prise sur le vif, fine POV, great sharpness and details,
i love his peaceful glance on his eye, beautiful photo, TFS


Hi Peter,
A nice portrait capture of this beautiful Gorilla. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-08 3:15]

Peter, What is it doing? Trying to smell? Good closeup shot. Ganesh

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-08 6:29]

Merhaba Peter,
Mountain Gorilla'nın çok güzel bir portresi.
detaylar, renkler ve ışık çok güzel olmuş.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-09 2:01]

Hello Peter.
It has a melancholic look your Gorilla! I saw several documentaries on these exceptional creatures and they are really facsinating. Must have been unforgettable for you to meet them in the wild. I like your tight framing and the composition with the monkey surging from the corner. Well done !
Have a nice day
Best regards

It is a fairly good scan from a slide, Peter.
Your trip to see these Gorillas in Africa must have been very exciting.
In this portrait, the Gorilla is unaware of your presence and seems to be as ease.
Very good portrait and thanks for sharing it.

Hi MF Peter,
Great poortrait capture of this brother:) with wonderful facial expresion. i liked this shot very much!
TFS and cheers,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-04-18 8:27]

Hi Peter,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful mountain gorilla. I can imagine how wonderful the experience was...
All the best,

Dear Peter,
I sometimes am really surprised/upset about people's lack of energy: 1250 members viewed your excellent image about animal behaviour, and only 18 put pen to paper to say so...

It is quite surprising, how these animals handle carefully little items - like a piece of grass in this case - with their big, clumsy looking fingers.

I have watched big baboons carefully inserting a piece of dry grass into ant termite-hole and then licking the "catch" .

Every aspect of photographic technique is perfect, and it is truly a pleasure to "watch" the gorilla.

I would also like to thank your for your kind remarks to my green beetle.

Best wishes

Hi Peter,

There is an idea to go Uganda for 15 days in mid August and my heart pants really much about this idea! Once again, your photo made me excited :)

I hope we will get gorillas also. With the high expenses we can only spend one day though. The permit only for the entrance is 600$ today(plus guide, ranger fees, tips etc...) but i'm not sure how much it was in 2001.

Very good one and encouraging.

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