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The Portrait
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Copyright: SDF DF (puffy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 300D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Super Macro II, KeyMen 512MB, Hama UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-06 0:32
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White Rhino
(Ceratotherium simum simum)

What type of animal?

Where does it live? Southern Sudan & South Africa

What's it covered with? Hair

Natural habitat? Wetland

What does it eat? Plants

White? "Weit" in Afrikaans means "wide", the wide-mouthed rhinoceros. A grazing herbivore, they eat tough savannah grass.
…and third place goes to…1.8 metres tall and weighing up to 3.6 tonnes, white rhino is the largest of 5 rhino species, and the third largest land animal.
The nose knows: Finding food, a mate, or checking for danger, it’s the rhino’s sense of smell that leads the way.

A nose of note: The only one in the world to have a horn on it. A horn made of…thousands of strands of very stiff hair!
Get the message? Grunts, snorts, bellows and whistles all mean something in rhino talk. But, to really get the message across, try scent marking. A 1.2 metre high and 6 metre wide communal dung heap says a lot!
Hounded for their horn…Rhinos are endangered. Horn and other body parts are used in traditional medicines. Horns are used as dagger handles. If these practices continue, then some rhino species will become extinct.

Auckland Zoo is part of the Australasian white rhino captive breeding programme.
We have five white rhinos. Mandla, the largest of our two males (he weighs just over 2 tonne!) was captive-born at San Diego Zoo in 1979, and came to Auckland Zoo in 1980. Our other male Kruger was born in 1989 at Kruger National Park, and arrived in late 1999.

In the wild male rhino are solitary so it’s appropriate that Mandla and Kruger are never put together. They take turns going out separately in the rhino paddock in Pridelands with our three females Mazithi and her two daughters Mbili and Kito. This works very successfully.

Both Mazithi and Mbili came to Auckland Zoo from Kruger National Park in October 1999. At the time Mazithi was also pregnant with Kito, who was born here at the Zoo in June 2000.

Above information is from here

Hi all, sorry for not keeping in touch for a while, have been busy at work... now I am sick at home, so I have sometime to browse and post. :) I hope everyone is fine. I really miss Trek site... Take care and have a nice day! :D

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-06 0:43]

Hi Sweety, this is good of the Rhino. We saw them at the Zoo, but no photos from me!
Excellent composition, the cropping is great, emphasising the rhinos whole head as he is eating. Very sharp and clear, well done my friend.
I hope you're feeling better soon.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-06 0:57]

Hi Sweetie,
Nice shot. I like your composition especially the tight cropping/framing.
Well done.

Hey Sweety ---

What a nice portrait --- lovely shot. I really like your POV and the framing is wonderful. Well done and TFS

Excellent portrait, Sweety
Great composition, and POV.

it is a fin portrait Sweety,
very good crop you made here, nice framed, good in pov good details, very good photo, good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-06 4:23]

Hello Sweety!
Very nice portrait.Clear details,sharpness,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work my friend!TFS....:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-09-06 6:44]

Hi Sweety,

Ah, the Auckland Zoo ... 1 year ago, when my gf and I visited NZ, the first thing we did when we arrived in NZ was going to the Auckland Zoo. :) This is a nice portrait. The crop is great and the POV is good too. Nicely exposed and sharp details. Too bad the eye is very dark. TFS!


Ps-I hope you're feeling well asap!

Very nice shot, He looks a bit sad.
Great work

It is so nice to see the improvement in your work. Backlight is very difficult and I think you pulled this off very nicely. Its a nice compo, maybe a bit more detail on the left. But just a little... :)

I know it's personal but I think you should consider using a thinner frame around the photos.

ps. It's "wyd" pronounced "weit". :)

Very well done Sweety... hope you feel better soon.

Very nice shot Sweety,
Very good exposure, nicely composed and well detailed.
Very well captured, thanks for posting.

Hello Sweety, I like the close composition, light and wonderful detail in the skin. Exposure has been well handled. 6/10 Very well done.

Hello Sweety!
Superb portrait.Lighting,details,POV,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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