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The Hunting Prey

The Hunting Prey
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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/416 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger National Park, June 04
Date Submitted: 2004-11-04 4:17
Viewed: 4407
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

This shot was taken just outside Satara rest camp in the KNP. Early morning, we went for a drive towards the west of the camp. On our way back to the camp, the largest herd of buffalo I have ever seen was drinking at a waterhole. There must have been around 300 to 400 buffalos. We past the waterhole and watched them cross the road. It was a magnificent sight! A few of them were standing next to the road, watching us, and I took this shot.

A large and powerful bovine, the African Buffalo reaches shoulder heights of up to 1.5 m and a mass of 750 kg. Both sexes have horns; those of the bulls are characterized by a heavy boss and upward curved horns.

Buffalo herds can have significant ecological impact on the veld. Being a bulk grazer, they are responsible for converting long grasslands into short grassy environments conducive to other browsers with more selective feeding habits.

Mating occurs between March and May. Gestation period is 330 days. Single calves are born between January and April, with a distinct peak in February. African Buffalo are strongly gregarious. Stable herds of up to several hundred are often observed, but which fragment into smaller herds in times of drought.

Mainly preyed upon by lions. When a herd member is attacked, others will rush to its defense. Collectively a number of buffalo are more than capable to stave off an attack by an entire pride of lions. A wounded buffalo bull is regarded as most dangerous by hunters, and is one of the reasons why this animal is included into the so-called ‘big five’. This trait is the origin of many hunting adventures, myths and legends.

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Buffalo...! lol.

I like the eye contact you made. The composition is a bit "busy" with all the other animals and parts of animals. But it could just be my personal taste.

Keep 'em comming.

Riaan, As stated, I like the eye contact this photo achieved. This being the center of attention within your frame, the rest of the action tends to distract. Great supporting note! Overall a good photo of these African Buffalo's in the wild!

I like the eye contact, but it also sends shivers down my back. You did well to get the detail on the black. I did a ws using a different crop - reverting back to my liking of portraits. Hope you like it.

Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-04 13:42]

Good capture Riaan, I too like the eye contact. I think you have done a nice job here.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-04 14:41]

The big bull is impressive. A real good trophy. Good capture

That bull looks a powerfull looking beast. Good capture and excellent note.

Hi Riaan,
300 to 400 Buffaloes! A lot of strength and energy! Lucky you did not block their path.

Good action photo.


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