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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-09 7:40
Viewed: 3327
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

They are gregarious, diurnal grazers, favouring grassland close to water, and they move between feeding and resting sites in single file along well-worn paths. During the hottest time of the year they may move deep into shady bushes, resting in small groups.

Blesbok are territorial, with a social structure consisting of bachelor herds, and breeding herds consisting of a dominant male with his females. This tireless, nimble-footed athlete of the grasslands is particularly possesive towards his harem, and performs an impressive ritual of threatening behaviour to warn off rival males. The blesbok resolutely eyes its opponent by standing very still, with its head held high; it then issues a volley of snorts, lowers its head, and leaps into the air clashing horns with its rival. The blesbok male marks its territory by making dung heaps and also by rubbing scented glands on its face against blades of grass.

Expectant mothers stay with the herd to give birth to single calves in early summer. Calves are able to stand, and to run with their mothers, within 30 minutes of birth: they tend to form either nursery groups within the herd, or join bachelor herds, from about 10 months old. Male calves remain in their mother's herd until calving time; while females sometimes remain with their mothers for up to two years.


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Hi Pauly, my neighbour today,
another great animal portrait. Excellent point of view with amazing colours. Great sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-09 7:43]

Hello Paul.
Yes, she is lovely and you caught her very well. Good close-up. The colors and and sharpness are very good. The pose is nice too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Pauly!
Spectacular shot! Great control of lightness and excellent DOF.I love the good contact eyes! TFS
Regards from,

Hi Pauly,
a really nice picture with fine eye contact with the blesbok.
Well composed with fine POV, good sharpness and beautiful natural colours
Well done


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-09 8:47]

Hi Paul,

I have never seen a blesbok. Great eyecontact and fine pose of this interesting animal.
Have a nice evening.


Ciao Paul, great capture of superb creature in fantastic pose, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Pauly,
Good image of this blesbok...nice to see that you use the correct spelling. The word "bles', as you might know, comes from the white patch on the forehead (rather than the white face), which is known as a "bles", especially with horses. And a "bok", of course, is an antelope. Good overall quality of what seems to be an "expectant mother".

Hello Paul,
A superb African mammal with lovely horns.
Splendid details, very good focus and a nice composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-09 10:15]

Hello Pauly,
Exceptional photo in great clarity of this Blesbok. Very beautiful colours, great sharpness and a very nice pose. Good DOF with a lovely environment.

Hallo Paul,
a very beautiful picture of the Blesbok, very good sharpness, bright colours, very good point of view with a lovely eye contact
Best regards

hello Paul
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Como te dije ayer, no deja de sorprender la riqueza de vuestra naturaleza... cada dia descubrimos algo nuevo. Buen enfoque. La posición del mamífero y el fondo dan la impresión de algo caídos.
Saludos Paul: Josep Ignasi.

Nice shot in good light Pauly


Hello Pauly

Excellent photo of the Blesbok, fine POV and framing
i love the background where it is shwoing of its habitat,
very beautiful light, beautiful eye-contact,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Pauly,
This is a very interesting animal. Nicely focused with great light. I guess this is a member of the Antelope family? Very nice. Have a nice day.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2011-06-09 22:55]

Hi Pauly,

A very majestic animal. From your photo info, it seems that you were quite close. Good details and colours. I like the position in which you caught the Blesbok's head. Amazing horns! TFS.

Is the shot tilted a bit to the left, or is it just my imagination?


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-09 23:19]

Hi Paul,
Interesting species on this excellent photo, TFS!

Hello Paul,

The proud animal is well recorded!
I like the attentive pose, showing the beast is aware of being photographed...
Good details in the fur coat, accurate focus and a pleasant composition!

Pablo -

Hello Pauly
Beautiful animal and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-10 4:46]

Hello Pauly,
Natural and pleasant picture of this Blesbok. These antilopes have really a special face with this white patch starting between the eyes until the mouth. I never had seen this species before. Love the fine vegetation all around. Kind regards

Hola Paul

Bello ejemplar, buena nitidez y buen dominio de la luz. Excelente imagen y buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bonjour Pauly,
Bonne valorisation du sujet dans son environnement sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ avec une plus-value pour le tendre regard du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-12 20:11]

Hi Paul,
Good sharpness and nice natural colours.very nice portrait of a beautiful blesbok.
Regards Jiri.
Have a nice day.

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