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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 2:44
Viewed: 5035
Points: 18
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Photo taken in the Etosha national Park in namibia.

When it comes to African wildlife that a person really must see if they are lucky enough to get out on a safari, the springbok should make it to the top of your list. These beautiful animals, which are similar to the impala in appearance, exhibit a grace and dignity that is absolutely breathtaking. The springbok is a member of the antelope/gazelle family and one of the most numerous of the family as they are a crafty sort that are challenging to hunt. Here are some interesting facts about the springbok that you may not know.

*Both the male and female springbok have horns. The male's horns tend to be thicker, but the female's are usually longer.

*The springbok is recognizable by its white face and striking dark red or brown band around the flank. The rest of this animal is brown in color.

*The gestation period of the springbok is five and a half to six months long. They have one baby at a time and one pregnancy per year.

*They weigh about 9 pounds at birth and grow to around 85 at full maturity.

*The natural habitat of the springbok is in the dry grasslands of South Africa, where they enjoy an arid climate and plentiful vegetation for feeding.

*The springbok is an herbivore, existing primarily on grasses, leaves, and other small plants.

*The springbok can go entire seasons, or even years, without drinking, since their water needs are met by the water in the vegetation that they eat.

*They can live up to twenty years in the wild, although most average around ten.

*The Latin name for this animal is marsupialis and comes
from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards.

*When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong floral scent of sweat.

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Hello Peter
Impressive photo. The POV, the composition, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-26 4:50]

Hello Peter,
this is really a lovely portrait of the springbok. The details are so well captured and the details are excellent. How I like the effective bokeh that pushes the portrait into a stunning one.
Lighting is wonderful here.


Beautiful shot here of this lovely Springbok. Just some wonderful lighting and pose you have that really brings out the soft white of the face and golden tan body. Really very nicely done.

Very nice Peter. The environment's lovely winter colours adds to the viewing pleasure.
Well done

An adorable portrait of the Springbok, Peter.
I like the angle of light thast casts a shadow of the animal's face on its flank. Adds character to the image.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Peter
great portrait with very nice light and great sharpness
good compo and nice catchlight

Brilliant crisp and bright image with fantastic natural colors perfect white balance and great detail, Peter! F/8 is the golden spot! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Peter,
Nice portrait of this beutiful antelope. Nice focus and sparkle in its eye. I love its horns.

striking contrasty portrait, TFS Ori

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