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|This was to close!! I love taking their pictures, but again, not this close. This one was crossing the road (on our way to Skukuza from Malelane), and then decided to turn straight towards the car. A great moment, but not one to repeat in the near future. What amazed me was how softly they walked, I couldn't believe it.|
Some info, thanks to Wildlife Campus
White Rhinoceros - Ceratotherium simum (Burchell 1817)
The White Rhino differs from the Black in a number of physical ways. The White has a square mouth, as opposed to the black’s hooked lipped mouth. In fact White is a derivation of the Dutch word "wijd" meaning wide, referring to its mouth. Although they are the same colour, the black Rhinoceros is far smaller. One further indication of which species you may encounter is that the White has a pronounced hump. Other than this they differ significantly in behaviourisms that will be explained in due course.
Diet and Feeding
The White Rhino is the largest of the pure grazers. Its wide square mouth enables it to graze very efficiently on short green grass. The grass is cropped by the action of its sensitive lips, and not cut with its teeth. Up to 30 species of grass constitute the White Rhino's diet. This is in contrast to the black rhino, who is a browser. White rhino often drink twice daily, usually from dusk onwards, and are quite dependent on water availability.
Adult males are solitary animals, and maintain and defend defined territories. All the available range is divided up, and held by two thirds of the mature bulls. The other third of the male population live as satellites on the territories. The owner of the territory may become conditioned to their presence, if they are appropriately submissive in his presence. The bulls generally hold their territory for around three years before being usurped. Adult bulls pronounce their territory by frequently urine spraying, as well as maintaining a midden. These middens are places chosen by the bulls as their own personal "out houses", and they return to use them frequently. Identifying the particular species by examining its midden is easy to do. Simply look at the composition of the dung. Since white rhino are purely grazers their dung is quite fine and only contains grass. Black rhino dung, on the other hand is quite coarse and consists of twigs, sticks, pieces of bark, thorns and even the remains of leaves. The adult females by contrast live within in overlapping home ranges within these territories. They are rarely solitary, associating in pairs or with their most recent offspring. A juvenile is rejected at two to three years, when its mother calves again. It then attaches itself to a conspecific of the same age and sex. Adult males only associate with the females to check if they are in oestrus. If they are, the male will remain with her for a while.
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In fact I like the tight crop, Riaan.
Just a bit of nitpicking: It's somewhat too unsharp. I guess slower a shutter and tighter aperture would have been quite effective. On the other hand, I believe it's hard to really adjust your camera when a big rhino is running toward you.
Great composition too...
Nice tight composition on him, it almost becomes a portrait this way. I notice that both your text at the bottom of the image as the rhino look a bit unsharp. Perhaps you should try resizing again? Cheers!
- [2005-12-06 10:59]
An amazing close-up with an amazing POV!
Too close indeed, Riaan. : P
That must have gotten your adrenalin going.
It did mine. : )
Great shot! TFS. : )
Nice shot. Excellent composition the cropping here is great.
The shot is a bit hazy. I did a workshop to fix it.
Good job staying calm. These kind of shots make people take extra pairs of underwear on photographic tris
- [2005-12-07 23:25]
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Riaan for the photo and for your courage.
- [2005-12-14 1:00]
I like the tight composition. It is a nice shot. Sheriff