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Young Springbok

Young Springbok
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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: 2011-06-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-15 4:21
Viewed: 3174
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Springbok have a pocket-like flap of skin lined with white hair that extends from the middle of their back to their rump. This white hair is usually folded out of sight into a narrow pouch. When excited or frightened, this flap turns inside out, revealing the highly visible crest of erect white hairs along its back. This act of display is a very distinctive behaviour of the springbok. See under "Pronking" more about this interesting act.

The adult animals have a shoulder height of ± 80cm (31.5inch) and weight up to 60 kg (132lb) in the Kalahari (springboks are usually bigger in the Kalahari than in other parts of Southern Africa).

Although both the males and females have black, ringed horns, the males' are thicker. A very good size of trophy horns are ± 38cm (15 inches).Springbok males are also bigger in body with thicker necks than the females.


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it's a good shot showing the Springbok biting its own butt, Pauly ! Brilliant soft light, brilliant depth of field and clarity indeed! The white balance seems amazingly accurate too! Have a great day my friend!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-15 6:28]

Good grooming activity of this springbok captured well, bit more sharpness would have been good. tfs.

Hallo Paul,
a very beautiful capture of the Springbok taken from an excellent point of view with splendid colours, a very nice composition with the animal which takes care of its hair
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

hello Paul
very nice picture with great sharpness nice light and great colours
thanks greeting lou

Fantastic photo Pauly. The composition,the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

HI Pauly.
Another very nice portrait of animal. Excellent point of view. Nice natural colours. Very good depth of field.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Paul, great capture of lovely creature in nice pose, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

A lovely and interesting photo with good details and light. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-15 12:15]

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful photo in splendid colours, taken from a perfect POV in great sharpness and details. Attractive pose and a very nice DOF.

Hello Paul,
nice capture of this young Springbok with good light and natural colours. I especially like its pose and the eye contact. Fine sharpness and well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

Como siempre, unos colores muy fieles. Interesante la posición que adopta el animal.
Buen fin de semana Paul: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Paul,
Excellent wildlife photography..Great timing and good point of view.
Nice colour and good details...
Well done..


Ciao Paul. Another fantastic dynamic capture with amazing light and colours. Excellent contrast.


Hola Pauly,
Excelente imagen,buen POV y un enfoque perfecto,la luz colabora muchisimo en la fotografia y esta es muy adecuada.
Saludos y buen fin de semana.

Hello Pauly

Beautiful close-up photo of the Young Springbok,
lovely light coming on the animal and lovely
eye-contact from him with the catch-light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-17 2:27]

Hello Paul,
A picture with great light-management. I also like the contorted pose of the Springbok cleaning itself. Fine palette of brown tints and beautiful white to illuminate the shot. Well seen and done
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-20 2:54]

Hello Paul,
really a nice moment well captured. The view of this springbok grooming is so lively and well shown in good sharpness.
The blurry background is helping the view and the fast speed freeze the movement well.


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