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Roan Antelope

Roan Antelope
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Mammals, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 16:33
Viewed: 5472
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken with 400mm 2.8 & X2 converter.

This was the first time I have managed to see roan antelope - I have been to plenty of reserves where they are found but have never seen them. There are a lot in Pendjari, but as you can see - the savannah grasses are quite tall!

The Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus) is a savanna antelope found in West, Central, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Roan Antelope stand about a metre and half at the shoulder and weigh around 250 kilograms. Named for the "roan' colour (a reddish brown), they have a lighter underbelly, white eyebrows and cheeks and a black face, lighter in females. There is a short erect mane, a very light beard and prominent red nostrils. The horns are ringed and can reach a metre long in males, slightly shorter in females. They arch backwards slightly.

They are similar in appearance to Sable Antelope and can be confused where their ranges overlap. Sable Antelope males are darker, being black rather than dark brown.

Roan Antelope are found in woodland and grassland savanna mainly in the Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome, which range in tree density from forest with a grassy understorey (such as Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands) to grasslands dotted with few trees, where they eat mid-length grass. They form harem groups of five to fifteen animals with a dominant male. Roan Antelope commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees

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Hello James
congratulations on first shot of this very beautiful antelope. shot is great with focus, POV and composition with natural habitat. good informative notes as always. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes and have a nice week.

hello James

congratulations for your first time with this excellent photo of the Roan Antelope,
fine POV and appopriate framing, fine focus sharpness and details,
i love to see the grasses on the photo to show his natural habitat, TFS


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-10 22:49]

Hello James, superb shot of this cute antelope from nice point of view in fine pose with nice composition and details.
TFS and R's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-10 23:27]

Hello James.
Very nice caught.Contrast colors,details and compositon are excellent.Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-10 23:27]

Hi James,
Very nice capture of this Antelope.POV,sharpness and details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Bro James,

What a great shot! Perfectly composed, the sharpness seems first class too. Very eye-pleasing photography as usual!
TFS and have a nice day!


hello James,
beautiful scene, the colors with this good lighting, they wrote splendidly, it's a very fine from Africa photo with this beautiful animal!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-11 2:36]

I liked the composition and fine pose by the antelope, good viewpoint and lighting. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 6:33]
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Hello James,
A fine capture of the Roan Antelope through the high savannah grass.
He turned round nicely for you to capture his head from this rear POV so that most of its features are well shown with fine sharpness and colours.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-11 7:00]

Hi James,
I've never even heard of one, much less seen one! Nice pose and a super sharp focus and perfect DOF, well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-23 1:07]

Hi James,
you have a very vast collection of wild naimals and natural settings.
this one is very graphical with the grasses in front and by the sides. The harpness of the antelope is very splendid.
the shallow background gives a good effect to the composition and an exciting view.


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