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Spotted Hyaena with cubs

Spotted Hyaena with cubs
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephane Ra (Watershed) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 2 N: 61] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED, Hoya HMC Super UV (0) 77mm
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Baby Animals 3, Mammals of Southern Africa II, workshops photos with minimum 3 points, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-10 10:28
Viewed: 5838
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another shot I took in the Thornybush Game Reserve during a Morning Drive. The Hyaenas were just coming out from there den.

Voici une autre photo prise dans la Thonybush Game Reserve lors du Morning Drive. Les hyènes vennaient juste de sortir de leur repaire.

Name: Spotted Hyaena
Crocuta crocuta

Spotted hyaenas are creatures of the open woodland, open savannah, and semi desert. They are predominantly scavengers but are also active and relentless huntres. Their existence depends upon a large supply of game and their disappearance in certain parts reflects the impact of man upon their environment. They are active mainly at dusk and night and occasionally by day.
Their voice is an integral "sound of an African night", a succession of long drawn-out whoops, beginning low on the scale and rising in cadence and up the scale, ending in a low moaning, at the gathering to together for the hunt.
The spotted hyaena family is a matriarchal society, in which the heavier female is the undisputed ruler of the clan. Their main enemies are lion.

Mass: 60kg (male) - 70kg (female)
Shoulder height: 85cm (male)- 86cm (female)
Length: 155cm (male) - 160cm (female)
Life expectancy: up to 40years in captivity

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  • Great 
  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-02-10 10:55]

Pretty photo of this family of hyaenas, good work, Stephane. Greetings.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-10 10:57]

Hello Stephane,
Great soft lighting in this excellent capture.
The details and composition are outstanding as is the whole photo. Into my favorites it goes ,thanks.

Hi Stephane,
Very moody and beautiful image!
Wonderful compo. The combination from the latter with colours are excellent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-10 11:06]

Hello Stephane,
Nice capture of this hyena family scene. This is pretty sharp with nice pose. Perhaps a cropping to place the mother and pups a little to the left would have been better.
Regards, Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-10 11:14]

Hi Stephane,

A great shot of mum and the two youngsters,if I look at this picture I cannot wait until next weeks planned krugertrip,well captured with excellent colors and POV,perfect,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-10 11:20]

Hello Stephane,
These Hyaenas match their environment perfectly - I love the colours! I also like the way you've captured the profile of the mother to show the long neck. Nice little young one too. Sharp details and a very nice composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-10 11:28]

Hi Stephane,
Great catch of this hyena family, very nice composition. POV is great,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-10 12:18]

Hi Stephane,
This is a lovely presentation, the cubs under the watchfull eye of mom.Lovely low angle .
Badruddin Ali

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-10 12:50]

Hi Stephane,
Excellet photo of this Hyaena with its cubs. Composition, pose, colours, pov and enviroment are spot on!
TFS, José M.

very nice and intimate, TFS Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-10 13:56]

A really good shot. I have seen hyena many times but have never got so close to a mother and cubs. The mother's neck arching over the cubs works very well.

Choosing such a low point of view adds so much drama to this composition. The mother's pose makes her seem so large and protective of her young. I wonder how close you actually were and if you were on the downside of a hill. The soft palette colors and soft light make this special.

Thanks for sharing
Evelynn : )

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-02-10 16:37]

super photo
I like hyenas

Hello Stéph,
This is an excellent capture, nice and sharp with good detail and texture. With a focal length of 280mm you must have been quite close! Good camera work and although I think the contrast is not right it does provide some 'mood' to the image. I posted a workshop with a levels adjustment which has cleared the contrast up, hope you don't mind and like the result. A nice image and a good note, thanks for sharing.

Great shot. I've seen lots of hyenas over the years.. Nothing close to what you got there !

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-11 1:49]

A rare view of a family of hyenas, Stephane.
I like the composition, with Mother's protective stance over her young.
Good details on these spotted animals.
TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-11 4:54]

Bonjour Stéphane,
Excellente présentation de cette hyène femelle avec ses petits. Belle lumière et arrière-plan très naturel, tout pour faire une image vivante. Bravo.
Meilleures salutations

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-06 8:02]

Hi Stephane,

Very intimate atmosphere in this capture. The soft colors are just superb. My compliments for this familyshot.


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