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Plains Zebra - Etosha

Plains Zebra - Etosha
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/8000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-21 11:38
Viewed: 4237
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While travelling to Namutoni camp in the dry season in Etosha, we came upon this herd of Zebra herd with this Stallion and mare standing in the blazing sun at 13:15, quite satisfied, almost savouring the moment. I know that the other Zebras in the herd are all over the photo, but, I am not willing to sacrifice this exposure by trying to delete them and sacrifice the moment I was blessed to observe!!
To my liking, not bad for a 8M pixel Canon 20D?
Enjoy and comments are welcome.
I will be absent from TN for a while as my wife have to go for a neck operation.
Best regards,

Burchell's Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Also known as a "Plains Zebra", the Burchell's Zebra is anything but "plain"! No two zebras are ever exactly alike.
Quick facts:
(Did you know that zebras are never exactly black and white - notice that this species has light brown stripes in between their black stripes on their back and sides.)

Burchell's Zebra - Back from the Brink of Extinction, But for How Long?

Burchell's zebra (Equus burchellii) (and now Equus quagga burchelli) was thought to become extinct in 1918, when the last Burchell's zebra died at the Berlin Zoo. But after many reports came from Africa about sightings of Burchell's, a major expedition in 2004 showed that Burchell's were not only still alive in the wild, but thriving in the areas of Etosha and Kwazulu-Natal.

But all African wildlife is facing a crisis point, including the numerous Burchell's zebra. With constant civil wars, droughts and an exploding human population, zebra meat is in demand and once wild grasslands are rapidly being turned into farmlands. For thousands of years, zebras thrived despite being hunted by lions, hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs. But they may not be able to escape the most ruthless predator of all -- man.

General Description

Burchell's zebras are one of the smallest subspecies, although the mountain zebra (Equus zebra) is slightly smaller. Like domesticated horses, zebras have their height measured from the bottom of their hooves to the highest point of their shoulders, called the withers. Stallions are usually larger than mares. Stallions can reach heights of 57 inches (145 cm) while mares average 43.3 (110 cm.) Stallions weigh up to 847 pounds (385 kg) while mares tip the scales at 385 pounds (175 kg.)

The four subspecies of zebra are difficult to differentiate. But Burchell's zebras tend to have very pale legs that appear white from a distance. Up close, the stripes are either non-existent or a very faint brownish-grey, depending on the individual. Their bellies tend to be the same color as the legs instead of being striped, although there usually is one black horizontal stripe from the chest to the tail. Burchell's black body stripes are thicker than for other zebra types.

Coloration Controversy

Common sense states that zebras are black and white. But not the Burchell's. Foals are born with distinctly brown fuzz covering their bodies which gradually disappears as they mature. But not all Burchell's grow up into black and white animals. Many sport dark brown stripes as well as black stripes. Some sport thin light brown stripes in between the black and white stripes. Some have distinctly brown patches on their backs, hindquarters and faces.

It was the latter that got some naturalists and scientists wondering if the Burchell's, plains and possibly other zebra varieties normally were brown and black instead of white and black. One extinct species, the quagga, looks amazingly like a modern day zebra with large brown patches and white legs and a pale belly. Attempts to breed a quagga from zebras has resulted in one colt looking remarkably like any of the stuffed quagga still holed up the world's museums.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-21 11:42]
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Hello Carl,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Nice poses. Good DOF.
A lot of strength to you and your wife.

Hello Carl,
What I like at this image are the beautiful colours, excellent sharp details, great POV and the pose of the zebras. Well done!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-21 12:18]

Hi Carl,
Lovely shot and with a very good moment captured. Excellent detail,colours and focus.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Carl,
fine capture of these Zebras with good sharpness and a lovely pose. I also like the splendid light and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6515 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
  • [2011-11-21 16:02]

Hi Carl,magnificent capture of this tender moment,super sharpness and perfect light balance for the best white,very rich background too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Beautiful scene Carl! Very good composition, fantastic lighting, wonderful colours and great sharpness!

wonderful pose scene, your fine photo performance!
regards Nasos

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-21 23:06]

nice capture!

Hello Carl

Beautiful sharp capture of a nice tender moment under the blazing sun. The golden savannah grassland BG and that little bit of sky adds good depth.Thanks

hello Carl
super good sharpness and great details
i like this composition
thanks greeting lou

Hi Carl,
That's a zebra hug!
I like the picture & interesting behavior of the zebra. Very well captured with good details & colors. Well done & TFS.

Ciao Carl. Super management of the difficult light. Perfect sharp and details.


Hello Carl,
Lovely picture of these Zebras, very well exposure, excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and hope your wife get better very soon,
Best Regards,

Hello Carl,
Yes, I agree, not bad for an 8 mp camera at all. Excellent sharpness, in fact. And a very beautiful image. The workshop is purely an experiment and is not offered as an improvement. Well done and best wishes.

Hi Carl,

What a beautiful display of natural wildlife my good friend, as you should know im not a big fan of image manipulation especially with wild life images, in my humble opinion Carl i like this picture exactly the way it is, the Zebra's in the background renders to the natural ambiance that one would expect to see in a natural African wildlife picture, However a very nice and well seen image, good lighting control with lovely natural colour, excellent detailed sharpness, great effort here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


PS I sincerely hope your wife gets better soon and you both have a wonderful weekend,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-25 9:17]
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Hi Carl!
What a lovely, tender scene! The capture is excellent, with nice play of lights and shadows.
Excellent sharpness and details and beautiful colours.
I love Zebra: it is the mascotte of my favourite football team :)
Ciao! Vanda

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-26 16:53]

Hello Carl!
This great lightness !!! It is how I imagine Africa!
What a wonderful shot! Great moment to keep ! Great details and excellent sharpness! Well done! Bravo!
Have a nice sunday!
PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hi Carl,
Very capture of these Zebras in their natural habitat. Great POV and composition, sharp details, good head positions, nice BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-28 10:59]

Hello Carl.
Very nice and funny picture of these zebras . I love the position. Colours and composition are very nice.
Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Carl,
C'est bien vu et surtout très bien restitué sous une belle lumière et dans un judicieux cadrage serré.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Carl,

The row of zebras is sending my eye toward the trees in the background which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view has captured well the friendship between the zebras. A good management of the strong which has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Carl

Beautiful photo of these Zebras, fine POV & DOF,
very beautiful light, great focus sharpness
and details, excellent contrast, TFS


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