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Waterbuck - for Loot

Waterbuck - for Loot
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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: 2005-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 6:58
Viewed: 4762
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is for Loot. He is a great example to all of us, four years long now. Not only by his fantastic photos, but also by the informative notes he put to his photos and his encouraging comments and critiques he gives to our photos. Thanks a lot Loot.
Therefore I’ve chosen a photo from his beloved place, the Kruger Park.

The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is an antelope found in Western, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Waterbuck stand 100 to 130 cm at the shoulder and weigh from 160 to 240 kg. Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they have a white 'bib' under their throats and a white ring on their rumps surrounding their tails. The waterproofing secretions of the waterbuck's sweat glands produces an unpleasant odor in its meat, unless the animal is skinned carefully. According to African myth the meat of the waterbuck is not edible, but this is untrue—whilst not especially tasty, waterbuck venison is safe to eat. The long spiral structured horns, found only in males, sweep back and up.

Waterbuck are found in scrub and savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite its name, the waterbuck does not spend much time in the water, but will take refuge there to escape predators. Waterbuck are diurnal. Females gather in herds of between two and six hundred individuals. Males keep territories of around three hundred acres (1.2 km²) during their prime. They usually lose their territories before the age of ten.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-23 7:01]

Hallo Peter.

Mooi foto van deze imposante beesten.
Ze komen mooi uit zo in hun natuurlijke omgeving.
En terecht opgedragen aan LOOT.

Gr. Hans

Peter, we are neighbours today and surprisingly, you too have dug a little deep in the past like me to show us this wonderful picture of Waterbucks from Kruger Park taken during your visit there in 2005.
The setting and colours are very natural here and the pose of the animals staring back at you has been well captured.
Loot, I'm sure, would be pleased at your dedication.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-23 7:13]

Hello Peter
Nice capture of this beautiful animal
Well done

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2010-01-23 7:17]

Ha Peter,

Een fraaie opname van dit stel waterbokken,een schitterend hert met een leuke tekening op de kont en een kenmerkende hartvormige neus,


Hi Peter,

Incredible capture of these lovely Waterbuck while looking at you:), seems perfect in every way. A well-derserved dedication to our friend Loot!
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Hallo Peter
Yes, as Ram said, Loot would be very pleased with this dedication as soon as he sees it. He has gone to the movies with the children and how surprised he will be when he gets back and see this great image of the waterbuck couple dedicated to him. I like the way you captured this twosome with the female behind the male. It reminded me of the photos he took at a function last night, where he also captured the couples with the male in front in focus and the female behind him and a bit out of focus. The result was really great. Now to get back to the image, this is really a beautiful, typical Kruger scene and just as it should be without any make-believe. Although these buck are a bit away from you, the details are well seen to be appreciated to the fullest, and I especially want to mention things like the direct eye contact of both of the buck, the mud on the legs, the wetness of their snouts, the texture on the male's horns, the hair below the male's tummy and last but not least the most prominent feature of all the white ring on its backside. I really miss Kruger looking at this image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hallo Peter,

een mooie foto van deze waterbok met goed laag standpunt en oog contact.


Hi Peter,
Fantastic photo, beautiful eye contact with the waterbucks, great composition and light management. Plus, above all, a beautiful present to Loot. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards from Hungary, László

HI Peter,
this shot is wonderful and they have a good eye-contact to you - watching interested what you are doing.
I like it very much - and sure it is perfect for Loot.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful picture from your archives for a great dedication to Loot, good sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and composition.
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-23 7:53]

Hi Peter. I am very sure Loot will like this picture very much from Kruger Park wher many of his pictures come from. .A fine close up of the pair of Waterbuck. We have a fine view of the Male with its fine looking horns. All with natural looking colours and good detail in the fur. Well taken TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-01-23 8:28]

Hello Peter!

So hot and dry! (we suffering from COLD winter now). It looks like frame from film about Africa. Good moment captured with nice poses of animals.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-23 9:13]

Dear Peter
Great capture and wonderful dedication for our friend Loot!
Great shot my friend!

Dear Peter!

You had the same good idea as Ram: you dived into your archives and found this superb present for our friend Loot. It's a picture that suits him and Anna very well. Your picture shows the characteristics of the Waterbuck very well and I particularly like the unity of the colour tones.

Kind regards


Hi Peter.
Excellent capture of these lovely waterbucks from nice pov.
Details and composition are perfect.
TFS. Kind regards,

Hello Peter, excellent shot of these beautiful looking waterbucks.
TFS and regards,

Great capture and wonderful gift for Loot!

Wonderful capture!

Hello Peter,
Great image of this antelope with such an amazing horns.
Lovely capture with very nice colours and very good clarity.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-23 11:55]
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Hi Peter

This Waterbuck couple, dedicated to me, tickles me pink with pleasure and excitement.
I am truly blessed with so many wonderful friends here on the site. Thanks for the kind
words MF and for this dedication to celebrate with me, my 4 years at TrekNature. After
all this time I really have one regret only and that is because of a dreadful shortcoming
of adequate time to be able to critique or contribute as much as I would like to. But, I
do realise that I am by far not the only member with this dilemma.

What I really like about this image:
- As you said, it comes from my most favourite destination i.e. the Kruger National Park.
- It displays 2 specimens; a male and a female animal.
- The way how the female stole a look from behind the male.
- The lovely composition showing these gracious animals in their natural environment.

Well done and TFS.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-23 11:56]

Hello Peter,
Superb picture of two waterbuck.Excellent pov, dof and lots of details! The bg is also perfect! TFS!
Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
mooie natuurlijke foto
goed van scherpte en mooie details te zien
super kleuren
zouden ze al opgegeten zijn ? het is al weer even geleden deze foto
groetjes lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-23 14:13]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture and dedication.They are looking into your camera.I liked harmonious colors,POV and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-23 14:45]

Hi Peter,

This Waterbuck couple is the perfect dedication for Loot! The two faces staring right at the camera are marvelous. Those antlers are amazing. Wonderful to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-23 15:25]

Hello Peter, excellent and lovely shot of these waterbucks in lovely poses with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-23 16:03]

Hi Peter

Nice dedication and very good composition with nice pose and great detail.


Hello Peter
what a nice capture of a lovely pair of Waterbuck in their natural habitat with great focus, POV/DOF, colors and composition. This great capture and great dedication to our friend Loot. I fallow always his great posts and informative nice notes. Thanks for sharing this beautiful frame.
best wishes and have a good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-23 19:49]

Wow!! Peter, what an impressive shot of this beautiful couple!!
Tac sharp detail, gorgeous natural colors and perfectly exposed combine for an outstanding photo!!
I would imagine he could do some serious damage with those long horns of his if he wanted to. They couldn't have posed any better for you, even if they tried! Great work!!

hello Peter,
very fine scene, beautifully composed, in the African environment, hard the light but you attribute well the photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-24 3:10]

Hi Peter,
prachtige prestatie. Wat zou worden toegevoegd? Niets, gewoon rustig zitten genieten van de geweldige toewijding aan Loot.
Zeer duidelijk en goed ingelijst.
Een aangename zondag,

Ciao Peter. An impressive detailed capture. Good graphic effects and light.


Hello Peter
Great capture of this waterbuck couple, I like the posture of the male standing in front of he female, looks like a waterbuck with twin heads

Ciao Peter, lovely couple of superb creatures, good natural colors, beautiful ambientation, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-24 9:39]

Hello Peter,
What a superb capture from your archives!
This pair of Waterbuck is taken in great lighting, fine sharpness and with a fine natural habitat as the BG and the composition just right.
You should have shown us this one before, but I'm glad you show it now and it is a fine tribute to Loot, whose contributions to this site are invaluable.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-24 21:29]

Hi Peter,
indeed a very worth dedication to Loot!
Very superbs natural capture in great angle of light and excellent colours of the hide and skin. The pose too make this shot a lively one.
Great natural view of the background too, well included.


Salut Asbed
Excellente capture que ce mâle et cette femelle. Bien exposée, et bon piqué.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

hello Peter

i have missed this photo from you, and excellent photo
of the Waterbucks, with fine POV and framing, fine focus
sharpness and details, beautiful eye-contacts of both animals,



Hi Peter.
Beautiful image with this pair of animals.
Good details of yours photo.Well done.
Best greetings.Alin.

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