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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A450, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-13 7:32
Viewed: 2915
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the many zebras in Etosha Nationalpark walking to a waterhole. You see the track they have made already.

An explanation for the stripes from Wiki. What is missing is the newest theory, that the stripes make them difficult to find for the tse tse fly?

Function of the stripes
The striping pattern of the zebra is unique among sympatric ungulates. One suggested function for the stripes is not camouflage the animal in tall grass or in the dappled shade beneath bushes and trees.[13] However, animals that use camouflage, like the kudu and bushbuck, tend to be quiet and stealthy. They freeze when there is danger and flee only at the last moment. By contrast, the zebra is active and noisy,[13] and makes no attempt to hide itself.[10] Another suggestion is that the stripes affect a predator's judgement of the zebra's size, distance and what direction it is going in. However, zebra stripes do not appear to affect any of these.[13] A related hypothesis is that the stripes make it difficult for a predator to single out and learn about on an individual during a chase.[13] Perhaps the best explanation for the stripes is that they serve a social function.[10] Individual zebras can apparently recognize each other by their striping patterns.[14] The stripes may also serve as visual cues for grooming.[10] In addition, they could serve to help zebra groups stay together when they are fleeing.

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hello Pierre
very nice composition with good sharpness and nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Interesting point of view! Perfectly focused on the zebra with good detail.
Interesting to see that the stripes are not all black.
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-13 15:31]

Salut Pierre,une tres jolie et originale prise de vue et explication tres interessante dans les notes,qualite' impressionante des details et couleurs naturelles.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

Hi Pierre, Well my friend i actually find this image very intriguing and somewhat amusing, some would perhaps say a bum shot ehehehe lol, splendid lighting, lovely natural colours, nice and sharp, good effort here Pierre and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-24 2:47]

Hello Pierre
a lovely and creative composition.
Well thought to give a different style and also enriching the photographic perspective.
Nice stripes to give a good contrast.


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