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green hills of africa


green hills of africa
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-06 1:18
Viewed: 2716
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 2
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Impalas are medium-sized antelopes that roam the savanna and light woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. In the rainy season, when food is plentiful, they may gather in large herds of several hundred animals to browse on grasses and herbs, bushes, shrubs, and shoots.

Herds offer protection from predators, such as lions. An alert impala will bark out an alarm that puts the entire herd to flight—and a fleeing impala is no easy prey.

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 feet (10 meters). They use this technique to escape predators and sometimes, apparently, simply to amuse themselves. The impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 feet (3 meters) in the air. Typically, a running impala will simply jump over anything in its path.

This graceful antelope is known for its long, spiral horns, which males use to challenge each other in tests of strength. Older impala males stake out mating territories and herd groups of females that they jealously guard against any rivals. During this exhausting mating period, the male must fight off challengers, herd his females, and mate with them. Unsuccessful bids to take over a male's territory usually end with the loser retreating to join a bachelor herd.

Females typically give birth about seven months after they mate, usually to a single impala. Both mother and baby join a herd of females and offspring within a few days.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.
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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-06 1:56]

Bonjour George,
Tu as eu plus de chance que moi pour photographier cet impala, le soleil était présent (voir les chevreuils transmis ce matin)
Belle lumière, bonne netteté et composition agréable.
Amitiés
Serge

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-06 2:15]

Hello George,
This picture gives me the feeling to be there in the green hills of SA looking at this very alert Impala. Perfect decentred composition, perfect light-mangement, perfect focus on the head... just amazing shot!
Thanks!
Kind regards
Anne

Hi George,
beautiful green hills with such nice animals. Perfect point of view, clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

Bonjour George,
Très belle image bien composée valorisant bien le sujet dans une très belle posture.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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