|Copyright: Lenka Gondova (lgfoto)
|Date Taken: 2008-08-14|
|Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 5.6L|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 12:48|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Spotted Hyena Crocus Crocus|
They have extremely strong jaws in relation to their body size and have a very powerful digestive system with highly acidic fluids, making them capable of eating and digesting their entire prey, including skin, teeth, horns and bones. Hair and hooves are usually regurgitated. Since they have no aversion to and readily eat carrion, their digestive system deals very well with bacteria.
The spotted hyena is primarily a predator, unlike some of its cousins. Spotted hyenas are successful pack hunters of small to large sized ungulates and are the most abundant carnivore on the African continent.
We observed feeding of big group of hyenas at Masai Mara. There is little hyenna down right behind the big one.
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- [2008-08-25 13:22]
perfect scene and details,
What a fantastic photo! You really captured the moment, here. Excellent exposure, geat clarity, and the story here is worth more than a thousand words...
Great moment caught of the hyena feeding, looks as if it has just ripped of a bit of meat with its teeth still closed on it. I see the little one in behind going for a bite.
Great exposure in amongst the grasses with great detail and showing their environment.
- [2008-09-09 6:18]
I missed out on this Hyena when you posted the picture, sorry. The image is highly successful, the hyena somehow addresses the viewer. Of course it has the expression of a bully on its face but that is a hyena and not a poodle. I think it's a great and rare picture. Thank you, Lenka for telling your story of your visit in Kenya.