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Buffalo - #3 of the BIG 5

Buffalo - #3 of the BIG 5
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-05 2:04
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Buffalo / Syncerus caffer

The buffalo is the 3rd species I want to share with you as part of a group of animals known as the "BIG 5" animals of Africa. In my previous postings I shared the biggest of them all, the elephant, then the rhinoceros, also been described as a "battle tank", and today the buffalo. I have some nice buffalo portraits which I will still share with you at a latter stage, but for this series of the "BIG 5" animals I wanted to show the complete animal or some group activity of the species.

The BIG 5 series:
#1 The African Elephant.
#2 The White & The Black Rhinos.

Off all the animals in the Kruger National Park and other game reserves, buffalo are the animals which you are most likely to encounter in large herds, at any given time. During our vacation in October, I can recall at least 3 times when we saw over 600 head of buffalo in a herd. One specific day we saw over 1500 during the course of the day, including two separate herds of 600+ animals and the other herd was 300+ animals. Loot normally does the counting of these huge groups and I just have to trust him to keep his head while doing so. He normally says that it is quite easy to count these large numbers of animal. He just counts the legs and then divides the number by 4. In the future weeks and months to come, I'll share some photographs off some of these large herds of buffalo, either on their way to go for a drink, kicking up dust, or creating a mammoth road block when they cross the road.

During our previous visit to the park in 2008, we were surrounded by a massive herd, and we where caught right in the middle. Loot described the whole ordeal so well at the time he posted one of the females with her calves, and I would love you to go and read about our encounter with the hissing females, locking their horns, to protect their young, and how we eventually escaped the herd.Don't You Dare Come Any Closer!.

General Overview
One of the most impressive, and frightening, sights of Africa is the mighty steamroller stampede of a herd of buffalo thundering across the savanna plains.

Normally they are not aggressive, but the buffalo is one of the world's most dangerous animals when wounded by its main natural enemies, lions or man. With its menacing, curved horns held high, it will charge, lowering its horns at the last moment to fling its tormentor into the air.

Watchers of the wild are often amazed at the intelligence and cunning of buffalo. An alarmed herd, threatened by a pack of lions, has been seen to go into a defensive semi-circular formation, males on the perimeter facing outwards, protecting the females and calves within.

Unprovoked, a buffalo is inquisitive and placid and will stand and stare at you if you leave it alone. Directly threatened, it may sweep its massive head from side to side in a display of brief bravado, then back off and retreat.

Buffalo are primarily grazers, and like to drink twice a day. Sometimes you will see males cooling down in a mud pool or in the shade of a tree.

A single calf, weighing some 40kg, is born after a gestation period of almost a year, usually in summer. The calf is able to keep up with the herd just hours after birth.

Males reach a weight of up to 700kg and females up to 550kg. Both sexes carry horns.

Taken from: Animals of the Kruger Park and Lowveld - Heritage Publishing.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-05 2:07]

Hello Anna.

Your big 5 serie is a very impressive one.
These two, what an animals.
POV is great how they stands in the mud and looking curious what you are doing.
Very nice pose.
Nice weekend,

Gr. Hans

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-05 2:12]

Hello Anna,
What catch! Look so we Europeans can see exotic animals in their habitat.
Beautiful composition, congratulations.
Have a beautiful Saturday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-05 2:15]

Hello Anna,
Beautiful photo of these impressive animals. For me the most dangerous animals of the savanna.
Sharpness, details, poses, POV and natural colours are really excellent and very beautiful. Fantastic environment. Very good DOF and composition.

hello Anna
beautiful moment in fine scene of these dangerous animals, nice photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Anna.. They look very cute and pretty..i love their facial expressions...Perfect pose good lights and vivid colors.....Excellent shot..
Well done.TFS.

Hi Anna,
your serie is so beautiful and every single one is very interesting.
It's amazing for me to see, what animals you can find in your area - just going outside and looking at such impressive big animals. When I look outside I can see some birds in my garden. But I also had an amazing moment right now - 6 goldfinches together in the tree - wow!
Tiny animals agains your big ones ;-)
Thanks and have a nice weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Anna,
A great capture of these two lonely bulls ready for their mud bath
Kind regards and have a good W-E

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-05 3:38]

Hello Anna
Nice scene capture with great details and natural colors
Have a nice week-and

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-05 4:06]

Hi Anna,
What a beautiful capture.They are looking into your camera.I liked exposure,natural colors and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Anna!

Many thanks to invite us to this zoological excursion! The first three of the "Big 5" are impressive. In this picture I like the fact that we see two of these big animals. Their position and the fact they are looking straight into the lens highlights the impressiveness and lets them appear as powerful as they really are. Moreover, the picture reflects a very natural environment. I also appreciate the narrative and instructive notes.

Kind regards


Hi Anna.
Interesting immage of this two buffalos who like so much to take bath in mud.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Hello Anna,
Excellent capture with superb colours and sharp details.
Lovely composition and natural background.

hello Anne
you made o great picture of this beautiful animal
i like the heads of this Buffalo
great details and good light
great shot Anne
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-05 7:19]

Hello Anna,

Great and lovely image of these buffalos with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-05 8:32]

Hi Anna,
Elephant, rhinos and buffaloes ...
A beautiful series.Beautiful photography and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Anna,
Very well captured photograph of two of the mighty Syncerus caffe. They are looking quite vigilant about the environment & have good eye contact with you. The oxpecker bird has also come out well in action. Have a nice weekend.

Hello Anna,

An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration & natural setting. Very well taken & presented. TFS & best regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-05 15:02]

Hi Anna,very nice moment to take the pic,the buffalos seem very curious and could be understand what are you doing...ehehe..impressive composition whit a top quality of sharpness and colors,this is a great gift to a big animals fans.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Wonderful capture this pairs of buffalo!
Great details and colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-06 6:34]

Hi Anna.
I saw this species and individuals only on TV. Now I can get pleasure from them with help of your wonderful photo. As always for your pictured DOF, details and sharpness are amazing as well as the composition. I like that you have drawn their attention and they look just to us. Bravo. First-class image. My compliments and warm wishes.

A fine pair of water buffalo within a natural mud pool, looking ornery as usual Anna, TFS this superb capture my friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-06 10:40]

Boy, do they look mean!
Hi, Anna! So who won the staring contest?
Great eye contact. Wonderful details of these two BIG ones in their natural habitat,
doing what they do best.
I love the way the big ears hang down on the buffalo on the right.
A very impressive composition.
TFS. : )

Hello Anna
great capture ! this two buffalos are very impressive animals standing in the mud,
i like the way they looks to the Camera
great sharp details, and wonderful colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hello Anna,

Superb capture of this exotic animals.
Light,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Good composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-08 4:12]

Hello Anna,
A fine portrait of these two Buffaloes at the edge of the waterhole, a great no. 3 of your Big Five series! Technically superb with a fine contrast of the bare soil BG. I like the way the are staring at the intruding photographer with a kind 'what are you doing here?'-expression.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 4:22]

Hello Anna,
A really great capture of these two mud lovers! I like the way they're both facing you and your focus is spot-on! Very fine details and colours too and well composed.
A stampede of these huge animals must be really frightening!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Anne, two bigs very impressive, great ambientation, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Anna

excellent photo of the Buffalos with fine POV and DOF,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
great and lovely eye-contacts (or glances to you)
specially the one that is in the right side, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-08 9:54]

Hello Anna,
This is a very nice capture of two Buffalo with excellent composition. Colors, lightning and exposure are great! I also like those good details. Best regards Siggi

Hello Anna! Wonderful pair. Excellent scene and scenery. Wonderful POV and DOF. Perfect colours. Ideal contrast. Very good exposure. Fantastic effect. Well done!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-12-09 13:54]

Hi Ana,
Another really nice shot of one of the incredible big 5. It is such a previlege for me to be able to see them in person when in Kenya and Tanzania. This image bring back memories of my wonderful trip. Thanks so much. Love to be able to do similar trip one day soon. South Africa would be a dream place for me. Thanks.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-10 12:16]

Hello Anna,
Now these guys look just plain mean!! They remind me of two tag team wrestlers ready to take on all newcomers.
Super fine detail with beautiful natural colors. Captured in their home range and doing what they like to do the most, wallow in the mud. Well done!!

Hola Anna,
un placer deleitarse con estos grandes mamíferos con que nos absequias. Como sabes, por estas latitudes ya no existen apenas especies de gran envergadura, a excepción, que yo recuerde ahora, de los ciervos y de los osos, aunque estos últimos re-introducidos hace muy pocos años en el Pirineo Franco-Español y con una gran polémica como era de esperar.
Tu toma rezuma realismo y como en otras tuyas anteriores , unos buenos colores y control de la luz.
Un abrazo y hasta pronto: Josep Ignasi.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2009-12-10 15:21]

Los reyes del lodo.... Anna, retrataste todo su poder y nobleza en una composición equilibrada tanto en el equilibrio de los personajes y paisaje como en lo que a las tonalidades se refiere. Felicitaciones!!!

Hello Anna,
a superb picture of the Buffulo, you have captured their attention and tension, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and compositon of this fantastic scene
Best regards

Great photo of these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat, a nice muddy waterhole to play in!
Well done on a great photo!

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