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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Horns; big, long or otherwise [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 3:16
Viewed: 4435
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is an antelope found in Western, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Waterbuck stand 100 to 130 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh from 160 to 240 kilograms. They are also very heavy. Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they also have a white 'bib' under their throats and a white ring on their rumps surrounding their tails. The long spiral structured horns sweep back and up, they are found only in males.

Waterbuck are found in scrub and savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite their name it seems that Waterbuck do not like to enter the water. Waterbuck are diurnal. Females gather in herds of between two and six hundred individuals. Males keep territories of around three hundred acres (1.2 kmē) during their prime. They usually lose their territories before the age of ten.

A waterbucks flesh apparently has an unpleasant taste. Lions will not kill them unless their hunger is such that they become less choosy.

KNP game rangers have nicknamed it the "toilet seat buck" because of the white ring on the rump having a toilet seat shape and also its placement. This photo shows part of the ring.

This was shot at a waterhole in the Pilanesberg National Park. There was a male and female and they were disturbed by some guinea fowl making a racket. Both fled soon after this was taken. We expected some lion, leopard or wild dogs, but none approached the waterhole.

We did see some wild dogs at a later stage, but that is for a future post. It was an overcast day and the light was a bit soft.

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Hierdie pragtig waterbok, ek sien die water!

I even see part of that infamous seat! Nice shot Willem of a decisive moment as this buck flicks its head back, while losing a bit of the quaff. Off to the Theme with this one!

Tfs, J.

Hi Willem

The colours in the shot are rather muted but as you say it was an overcast day so there is not much one can do about that. What I like about the shot is that you have captured the vigilance of the waterbuck by managing to get the water still dripping from the bulls mouth as he turned to investigate the potential threat. For me this is one of the features of this shot, well done. This said perhaps if the short was in landscape view with a bit more of the landscape to the left in the direction the bull is looking in it might have made this vigilant posture more expressive, just in my opinion.

Thanks
Guy

Hi Willem,
A great stop action shot with the water dripping down. You can just sense how fragile life can be for him if he does not sense the danger around him. Comp. and framing look fine to me. Well done.
Scott

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