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Copyright: Maciej Tecza (miszka) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 12] (131)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-10 3:41
Viewed: 4745
Points: 6
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from Wikipedia :

"The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium sized brown and white gazelle that stands about 80 cm high. Springbok males weigh between 33–56 kg and the females between to 25–40 kg. They can reach running speeds of up to 75 to 88 km/h (47 to 55 mph) , jumps and can leap 3.50 m and can long jump of up to 15 m . The Latin name marsupialis derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong floral scent of sweat. This ritual is known as pronking from the Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off."

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A nicely position and well captured image here. Very interesting notes too.

TFS kind regards Helen

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-08-10 11:42]

Hi Maciej,
I had the privelage of living in Namibia for 8 years and what a stunning country.The Etosha Pan is an amazing place.Nice lonely springbok with low light and some bird friends. Well done and TFS.

beautiful capture, TFS Ori

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