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Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-08-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 3:28
Viewed: 4600
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo
(Syncerus caffer)
It is a bovid from the family of the Bovidae. It is up to 1.7 meters high, 3.4 meters long, and can reach a weight of 900 kilograms.

The Cape Buffalo is not closely related to the Asian Water Buffalo, but its ancestry remains unclear. It is a very powerful creature, demanding respect from even a pride of lions when paths cross. Other than man, they have few natural predators and are capable of defending themselves against (and sometimes killing) lions, who will attack only old, sick, or immature buffaloes. The leopard is a threat only to newborn calves. Crossbreeding with domestic cattle has had only limited success, and the African Buffalo remains a wild animal.

Known as one of the "big five" in Africa, the Cape Buffalo can be a volatile and formidable beast.

The main herd consists of all sexes and ages, though bachelor groups are also found. A male is recognizable by the thickness of his horns, and is called the "Boss." Bulls mature at eight years of age. Cows first calve at five years of age, after a gestation period of 11.5 months.

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Hi Andrea,
Nicely compose of this picture. Well observed in its natural habitat. A prized photo to see. Regards,

Among all those color photos, this cought my attention. Very nice composition and details. I like it a lot.

Hi Andria, great work, with the BW, details,POV, DoF, excellent work, TFS Kyle

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-05-02 10:13]

Bongiorno Andrea. Il buffalo e il rinoceronte sono quelli che mi piace tra gli grandi cinque di Africa.
La tua fottografia in bianco-nero per questo buffalo trovo di essere molto inspirata. Aspetto con interesso tute le tue fottografie que sono interesante e ben fatte! Grazie e scuza la mia ortografia. Dan

nice moment, shot, pose, light, note and perspective!
Thanks Ana:)

Hi Andrea,
A very interesting shot converted to B&W..
Really like the composition and POV on this one..
Well done!

Ciao Andrea, un bel bufalo! Mi piace perchè hai deciso di proporlo in bianco e nero.
C'è una bella scala di grigi e l'inquadratura è buona.

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