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Defecating Hyena

Defecating Hyena
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 12:41
Viewed: 11677
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Source: Social Facilitation, Affiliation, and Dominance in the Social Life of Spotted Hyenas. Stephen E. et al (http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/zabel/zabel2.PDF)
Hyenas scent-mark within their territories by communal defecating’ as well as by marking stalks of grass and other objects with “paste” extruded from their anal scent glands.
Spotted hyenas also display some rather unique characteristics. Adult females and their juvenile, or subadult, offspring dominate adult immigrant males in virtually all social interactions.4-6 In addition, y
h enas often spend their days alone at solitary dens, typically reassembling in the late afternoon and socializing at the communal
den before forming smaller hunting parties. For many hyenas there is a daily transition from a solitary existence to the intense, highly differentiated social interactions of life within the clan.

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Charming shot Tom, but it is nature, and very well taken.
Great composition, colour and detail.
A good capture of this Hyena.
Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-03 14:48]

Hi Tom,this situation is a great scoop..eheh...i like a lot the face of the iena..ahahah...great idea and perfect realisation,finally something to different on TN! Have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Tom,
What a funny shot. The expression of the hyena is very well captured. Fortunately, we have only the view and not the smell ;)
Best regards,

Hi Tom. Timely captured in bright lighting with good framing. I like the look in the face and useful notes accompanied with superb image. Regards. Jusni

Hi Tom,A
Good action shot.The Hyena appears enjoying the action as seen from his face expression which you beatifully captured.Good,DOF.POV and composure.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-11-03 22:20]

Hi Tom,

great shot with this normal behaviour of hyenas.
I like all the details and the colors.

Regards, Dan.

Hello Tom,
The Spotted hyena or Smiling hyena is spotted while he or she isn't smiling.
It's a very good photo and technically well done photo-wise.

EXCELLENT composition.
PERFECTION indeed!!!
Great notes too.
Mario from Canada.

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