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Sable antelope

Sable antelope
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Copyright: Philippe Baudet (phibau) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 93] (601)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 5, Canon 300 4.0L, Kodachrome 200
Exposure: f/1
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-05 10:32
Viewed: 2726
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The sable antelope is a large, robust and combative antelope. The males have a black coat with a few tawny reflections while females are brown. Both sexes have very beautiful ringed horns, those of the male are larger and bent backwards. Females live in groups with youngs, some males are territorial, others aren't, which leads to different kinds of herds.
Their habits are diurnal, they are herbivores but can complement their meal with leaves. They need to drink every day.
Very combative, the species does not hesitate to defend themselves against predators, even lions.
It is a beautiful animal, and see it in motion is a feast for the eyes.
The Waterberg Plateau is the only place in Namibia where they are found (maybe, they have been introduced to ensure their survival in this very remote place), their habitat is rather east of southern Africa. This is not a very commonly observed species (to my great regret, this is my only encounter with them).
The record is far from perfect, but the lighting conditions were horrific and the original document is a Kodachrome slide. This is the best compromise I could come, after much effort. I leave an open workshop, if you feel like it ..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-05 11:05]

Hello Philippe,
A magnificent shot of this majestic looking antelope. Those long spiriling horns are certainly an eye catcher and unique to this particular species. Wonderful presentation and a pleasure to view.

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