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Tic Taxi
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-05
Categories: Mammals, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 100, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Wild Life, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, Animal Portraits II, Natural stripes, Wildlife of Africa, Mammals of Africa, A study in Mammalogy (mammals) 1, Intimate Portraits, 5 favs. and up - PART 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-18 9:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nyala - Tragelaphus angasi

This Nyala ewe was photographed at the Bhejane hide waterhole in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. This waterhole is normally a beehive of activity and this day was no exception. I watched as numerous animals made their way to the waterhole, quenched their thirst, and dashed of again – who knows where? On this specific day these included zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, warthog, nyala, and rhino.

This little ewe was a solitary visitor. She approached with great care and was alarmed by the slightest distraction or sound made by the other animals. She had a pretty bad infestation of tics as can be clearly seen on the photo. I will supply more information on tick control and tick borne diseases in a future posting.


Approximately between the greater kudu and the bushbuck in size. Sexes are markedly different and the uninformed could be forgiven for thinking they were different species. The ewe is much smaller than the ram and lacks the long shaggy hair of the ram. Overall body colour is yellow-brown, chestnut or russet, with up to 18 vertical white lines on the sides of the body. A shallow V-shaped white chevron runs between the eyes and there are 2 or 3 white spots on each cheek. Only the rams carry the slightly spiralled horns, which are tipped with whitish-yellow.

Occurs patchily in the north-eastern parts of southern Africa, and also in southern Malawi.

Fairly abundant, although scattered in southern Mozambique and eastern South Africa. The Malawian range is limited, and in southern Zimbabwe extended periods of drought have reduced populations.

Restricted to dry savanna woodland and along watercourses, and although it may feed in adjacent open areas, it never moves far from cover.

Rams do not hold territories but rely on displays, which include raising the neck mane and walking very slowly with stiff legs, to establish dominance hierarchies. They are commonly seen in groups, nursery herds of ewes and fawns, or bachelor groups, but solitary rams are also encountered. The group composition is fluid and continuously changing, with nursery groups somewhat more stable. They are usually associated with water points. Home range size vary from 0,65 to almost 4 km sq.

Mixed browsers and grazers, with browse most frequently taken but grass being more important during the rains.

A single fawn, closely resembling the ewe and weighing 4,2 to 5,5 kg, is born after a gestation period of about 220 days. Two birth peaks are known, from August to December and a lesser one in May. The fawn remains hidden for the first 2 weeks of its life.

Source: "Field Guide to the larger Mammals of Africa" by Chris & Tilde Stuart, Struik Publishers.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.
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Saturation +8,
Hue -3,
Brightness +5,
Cropped & resized for TN

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Hi Loot,
very impressive wildlife shot.
The Nyala looking straight into the spectator's eyes makes the picture very seizing and exciting.
Colors are delightful. Background is very well set off.
Details are just amazing: Incredible to see all those ticks, flies and mosquitoes on the Nyala's ears, face and neck.
Definitely a superb shot. Excellent notes, too.
Great contribution. Thank you, Loot.
Congratulations and best regards,

Hello Loot,
Very good portrait of this antelope, has a nice look, details, mainly the flies on the head, contrast well with BG.

Hi Loot,
An excellent portrait. The light was really great here. This has rendered very good colors. The detail and DOF are outstanding for this shot. Great eye contact with the camera.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-03-18 10:05]

Hi Loot, It a other very impressive shot. The coulors and the sharpness are very good. It is great to see this Nyala with the fly on is body. Very nice Shot.

Hi Loot,
Very strong portrait you have captured here. Perfect exposure and sharpness. I love the composition you have used hear...making the most of those big eyes and ears.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-18 12:51]

Hi loot,

Great pose of this nyala. This is real wildlife. the details are very sharp and impressing.



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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-18 13:36]

Hello Loot,
What a wonderfull capture, they are so nice the Nyalas. The eyes speak for themselves.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-03-18 13:43]

Hi, nice shot and good seeing details. fine coloures and good POV.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-18 13:54]
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Good Evening ,Its a Beautiful portret ,good details
colours lovely eyes ,i like it ,good weekend .Teunie .

Hi Loot,
The tumbnail shows a sweet ewe, but the larger photo is kind of scary. The note gives a good explanation. You did make it an excellent photo with all the detial you've captured. The DOf is amazing and colors and lighting are perfect.

Is there anyway these animals have found a natural way to get the tics of their body? I've heard about small birds and a mud bath or sand. But you can probably tell it much better.


Very nice portrait shot Loot, excellent sharpness, details, colours and POV. This is a great compositon. Thank you for posting. Greetings

Hi Loot

Wow... I love the face.... and those ears! I bet you can't sneak up on these guys. They would hear a pin drop! The white markings acroos the bridge of the nose make it look like a Red Indian war paint job. Crisp, clear details, nice saturation of colours, I love how the face (and ears!) fills the frame. A real visual feast! Nice work my friend.... thank you! :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-18 17:27]

Superbe portrait Loot,

Félicitations pour les détails et bravo pour les couleurs justes et réelles.

Merci pour l'envoie et bonne fin de journée.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-19 2:02]

This is outstanding, Loot. : )
This nyala stands out beautiful from the BG. The details are painfully sharp. Those ticks make me want to scratch. The light is perfect, highlighting the beautiful features of this graceful antelope.
Her direct gaze makes me feel as though she is talking to me personally, a sort of cross-species communication... a spiritual bond.
Thanks for sharing this soulful photo. : )

great shot Loot,
the composition is very nice, the head is fantastic and the pov and the dof are marvelous, very good photo, my compliments for it.
gr. jaap

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-19 3:18]

Groetnis Loot, I do so look forward to your postings. Our zoos can show us these wild animals, but it isn't until we see them in 'real' life that we realise what we are really missing, tics and all!!
Awesome little fellow here, her stripes and warpaint look so good. I love the expression she is giving you.
Another good job from you,
Kia ora

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-19 10:31]

Hello Loot,
this is excellent. POV is great and the details are amazingly sharp. The superp DOF allows the animal to stand out off the B/G just perfectly. A very enjoyable post.

Hi Loot! This is a nice shot. The point of view and moment is nicely captured here. The ticks all over are a bit shocking as they should be. Did you use NeatImage or something on this? It may have slightly overdone some parts and oversharpened others. It's still an impressive image, though!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-19 15:07]

Hi Loot,
Superb shot!
Perfect exposure and lighting, very sharp and clarity,
Very nice and natural colour.
Very well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-19 18:01]

Hello Loot,
This a great capture.
DOF is spot on with your subject nicely isolated from the background.
Excellent work and a great note.


Bonjour Loot
Belle prise de vue C'est une très jolie bête. Les contrsates et les détails sont clairs. Belle présentation C'est vraiment spécial de voir toutes ces moustiques après cette pauvre bête.
Bravo et au revoir ....JP

Nice taxi, Loot, although it's not one I would take, except in photo of course! The fact that the subject is looking straight at you gives punch to this sharp image.

I dared doing a workshop. You don't have to agree with what I did.

that is a way out shot...and damn sharp...the look on that nyala is classic...sort of sad sack look...
btw..i went to a park in the cape or further up...it was called nyala i think...pretty muddy spot and when i went it was after the big floods..so the water in the cabins was red...

My friend Loot
It is such a pity that some of the members do not the real beauty such as this one that is diplayed on the gallery. This portrait of the female Nyala covered with flees and ticks are proof of the wildlife out there. No vets to take care of them when they are ill, no dips to remove the parasites on their bodies. They have to take care and defend for themselves. I think this image is outstanding, as all your others. The detail of this bucks face is so clear and close; it feels like it is standing right in front of me. Thanks for the usual informative note.
Kind regards

Hallo Loot
A very impressive portrait of this Nyala female. The markings and patterns on the face are so beautiful and impressive and it actually looks as if was painted by hand. The direct eye contact is amazing and the big brown eyes are really something special. The clarity of the fine hairs on the neckline and in the ears is super sharp. In overall the focus, sharpness and framework are splendidly done and your display of the buck is excellent. The ticks adds lots of characther to this image.Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.

Hello Loot

Hierdie is los hande seker een van die beste portret fotos wat ek nog van 'n nyala ooitjie gesien het. Die fynste besonderhede is so duidelik sigbaar vanwee die puik fokus op die dier. Die kleinste ou bosluisie en vliegie is uitgelig en daardie sagte, gevoelvolle oë spreek boekdele tot 'n mens. Sy was so bewus van jou en tog blyk dit dat sy geensins bevrees was nie. Sy staar jou egter direk aan en dus is daar pragtige interaksie op die foto vanweë die sterk oog kontak. As 'n dier nie besig is om 'n normale natuurlike gedrag of aksie te wys nie is hierdie sekerlik die beste oorblywende opsie. Pragtige werk.


Detail op hierdie dier is ongelooflik mooi. Hierdie diere lyk altyd so mooi skoon, maar hier beeld jy vir ons die teendeel uit. Baie mooi duidelike foto Loot.

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