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Designer Hog


Designer Hog
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Emerald Casino Resort Animal Park
Date Submitted: 2004-08-24 4:18
Viewed: 5534
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red River Hog (Potamachoerus porcus)

Red River hogs live in forested areas of central and southern Africa. As their name suggests, Red River hogs prefer to live in wet habitats, though not necessarily rivers. Any swamp or marsh with places to hide from predators and plenty of food will do. The moist, soft ground makes these habitats good places to root around for food.

Red River hogs use the disk-like ends of their snouts to sweep over the ground and to sniff out food. They have a great sense of smell, and it’s enhanced by the circular motions the hog uses while sniffing around. When a delectable morsel is located, they use their snouts to uncover the item. The snouts are firm, and even deep roots can be shovelled up. Red River hogs have two razor sharp tusks that extend from the mouth, and these are good for cutting through woody roots and tubers.

Red River hogs look like they’ve been designed by someone with a good fashion sense. (at least as far as hogs are concerned) They have rusty - red to dark red fur. Running down the middle of their back is a crest of longer, white hair. They also have whisker-like ruffs of white hair along the cheeks and white circles around the eyes. To complete the look, Red River hogs have tufts of hair, called tassels, which extend from the ear tips.

Their favourite foods are fallen fruit, roots, and bulbs, but they’ll also eat grass, fungi (mushrooms), small mammals, reptiles, birds, bird eggs, insects, and any carrion they come upon. Having such a broad diet is a good survival strategy, because the next meal is usually not very far away.

But, there is a downside...

Red River hogs are drawn to settled areas because there’s plenty of food, and few predators. Red River hogs are not friends of the farmer because the hogs raid gardens. Farmers are not interested in providing a pig buffet, so they’ll exterminate marauding hogs if given the chance.

For more info on the venue please read the travelogue.

carper, CaptiveLight, japie, PDP, RAP, AndyB, nwoehnl, AndrewGarn, danbachmann, gelor has marked this note useful
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I love the shot Gerhard,
Very nice one , good colours, good composition, very good note, very good job.

I like this one too, there is something mean in the hogs expression!

Good one Gerhard
Nice color , good sharpness and a good note.
Well done

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-24 6:44]

Al dra 'n aap 'n goue ring! This is a lovely shot and the lighting is excellent too. It must have taken hours of grooming to look this good. Thanks for posting

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-24 9:48]

Que no vea esta imagen el vendedor de jamones Gerhard ;-)
Excelente perspectiva para retratar a semejante animal.
Bellos colores y sombras y un muy buen encuadre.

That the ham´s salesman does not see this image Gerhard ;-)
Excellent perspective to portray that huge animal.
Beautiful colors and shades and a very good frame.

Gerhard, What is it this morning? I've got hogs and cows in my view..And I had a t-bone for supper and bacon for breakfast to boot!! This is another interesting note & the photo displays the "beast" well..He doesn't look none to happy though! Maybe he woke-up on the wrong side of the trough this morning?? Hey, at least he's not in my skillet!!! ;-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-24 13:31]
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Great shot of the porker, good composition, bacon, colour and detail. Crackling note as usual. (I like mine) well done Gerhard.

Ham sandwich anyone?

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-24 14:53]

That is one big fat hog!
Great composition and colours,nice detail and expression captured.
A good and very informative note too,very well done.

Well, that hog sure fills a photo frame, Gerhard. Very crisp detail all over, and even though seen against a brown wall - out of all things ;-) - the contrast is superb. Interesting posing, and as always a splendid writing job to accompany what we are seeing.

Good composition, sharp and nice colours, and a good note to go along with it. Nice Shot.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-25 15:14]

I have known this pig for more than 40 years, and still I have never seen one! Picture gives good idea of the pig's anatomy. Pity the head is not turned abit more to the right to get more profile and a glint in the eye. Time of day here is against you for making a stunning picture - look at position of the shaddow, Use fil flash in the middle of the day, it really helps light-up shaddows.

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