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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-07 0:43
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Points: 56
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Blesbok (Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi)

Description: Their name comes from the white blaze on the face which stretches from the base of the horns to the nose. These are medium-sized antelope that have striking patterns of white on the head, inside rump and inside of the legs. The remainder of the body in adults is a dark, reddish chestnut. Shoulder height is 33 - 39 inches (84 - 100 centimetres) and they weigh in at approximately 130 - 155 pounds (60 - 70 kilograms). The ears are long, pointed and white on the inside. Underparts are white to off-white. The tail is white below, with long brown hairs on the end, which stretch down to the hocks.

Diet: Blesbok are predominantly grazers, but there have been isolated obser-vations of them browsing. They are very fond of new grass that grows after a recent burn and will move quite a long way between feeding areas and the closest water. They drink water during the day and have a daily water re-quirement of about three litres.

Behaviour & Habits: Blesbok are active in the early morning and late afternoon. They rests in shade during the heat and shelters in thickets on winter nights. In very hot weather it may stand facing the sun, head down. Males without territories form bachelor herds. Territories are marked with dung middens. The territorial males lie in a midden to pick up the smell of his area. Both sexes and all ages deposit preorbital gland secretion on grass stalks. Secretions from glands between the front hooves are deposited while walking and when territory residents paw the ground and scrape dung. Territory occupation is advertised by standing sideways on to intruders, foot stamping, horn swinging and digging up soil with the horns. Territories are defended by horn clashing which can escalate to becoming serious and are sometimes fatal. Territorial rams herd females by circling them with head stretched forward and tail curled up.
Blesbok often have the peculiar habit of "nodding" their heads. The reason for this is that they are often infected by the larvae of parasitic flies of the Oestrus genus which lay their eggs around the nose of the animals.
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Good side lighting pic. The composition is good and I like the soft lighting and colours also.

excellent wildlife photography. great background. nice species. good sharpness and clarity. congrats.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-07 1:18]

Hello Bungbing,
the Blesbok looks like a statue, but an amazing sight. I can imagine you're really glad with this moment. The light is great, creating soft colours. Also nicely shaded forground and well exposed Blesbok.Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-07 2:09]

Hi Bunyapon,
Excellent photo of this Blesbok, splendid lights and fine details, TFS!

Hola Bungbing,

Magnifica composicion,la luz es muy agradable y el enfoque preciso.
que tengas un buen dia.

Super blesbok portrait!
Very nice and well exposed image with good sharpness and details, good strong composition, lovely natural colours!

Great shot,good colors, the details, POV and sharpness are all excellent. Well done.

beautiful portrait of this animal in its habitat,

This is a great capture of Blesbok in its natural habitat. I like the way the eyes making contact with your optics. Nica details and love the warm tone. Thanks for sharing, Bungbing.
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-07 3:12]

Hello Bungbing,
What an excellent photo of this Blesbok. Very beautiful warm colours and good sharpness and details. Very nice frontal POV with eye contact. Beautiful OOF BG.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-07 3:50]

Sawasdee Ka Bunyopon,
wow ...what an exciting presentation. The pose is simply exciting and artistic. The grass in front really gives a pretty scenery.
i like the monotonous style here....so pestel and special.


Hi Bungbing,
Truly a great capture of the Blesbok’s natural colours. Great DOF and POV. Well done.

Hi Bunyapon,
Excellent photography.Excellent timing and play with light.fabulous sharpness.
Well done...


Hello Bungbing

Excellent photo of the Blesbok with fine POV
giving the beautiful eye-contact from the animal,
very beautiful warmer light and color tones,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Fine photo in habitat. Good foreground and background light. regards yiannis

Hi Bunyapon,
really beautiful photo. Excellent point of view. Great pose of this animal. Amazing colours. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Bungbing, great capture of superb creature, fantastic ambientation, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-07 9:02]

Great pic my friend,fantastic specie and magnificent pose,great sharpness,colors and contrast whit the background,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hello Bunyapon,
Very pleasant image with the low-light illumination of this lovely animal. Very well presented. Best wishes.

Hi - you seem to have got a right capture of eye contact. I love doing this everytime I visit a park. Great focus and BG looks awesome... tfs

Hello Bunyapon
A beautiful animal in a beautiful pose and an excellent photo with very good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!!

Hello Bunyapon,
Wonderful capture of a superb species. It is a excellent wildlife photo.
Splendid horns and excellent POV.

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  • ABON Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
  • [2011-07-07 12:21]

Hi Bungbing,

Its a beautifull picture of a Blesbok.TFS

Nice shot with great light here


hello Bungbing
nice picture with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Interesante luz con un fondo y primer plano magníficos.
Encantado de poder admirar este gran mamífero.
Saludos Bunyapon: J. Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-07 16:23]

Hello Bungbing,
Very good capture of this beauty,great composition with excellent sharpness,colors and details.TFS.

  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-07 18:53]

Hello Bungbing!
What a great and magestic animal! Wonderful pic with so many good details, amazing sharpness and fantastic POV! Good job, indeed! TFS
Regards from,

PS: sorry, I have not any more smile!

Ciao Bunyapon. Exciting scenographic wild environment. Excellent light and colours.


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