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Burchell's Zebra Foal

Burchell's Zebra Foal
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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: 2012-12-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-03 11:12
Viewed: 6212
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph was taken near Namutoni in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. Enjoy and comments are welcome.

Burchell's Zebra Foal

The stallion mates with all his mares. Mares may give birth to one foal every twelve months. The birthing peak is during the rainy season. She nurses the foal for up to a year. The stallion is generally intolerant of foals that are not his. It is possible that zebras practice infanticide and feticide, although such incidences have only been observed in captive individuals. Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk, run from danger, and suckle shortly after they are born. At the moment of birth, a mother zebra keeps any other zebra away from her foal, including the stallion, the other mares, and even the previous offspring. Later, though, they all bond. Within the group, a foal has the same rank as its mother. Plains zebra foals are protected by their mother as well as the head stallion and the other mares in their group. Even with parental protection, up to 50% of zebra foals are taken by predation, disease, and starvation each year.
Young male zebras eventually leave their family groups. This is not because of sexual maturity or being kicked out by their fathers, but because their relationship with their mothers have faded after the birth of a sibling. The young stallion then seeks out other young stallions for company. Young females may stay in the harem until they are abducted by another stallion.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-03 11:32]

Hello Carl,
Great shot of this cutie taken from a fine POV with just the right DOF to get a clean BG and sharpness of the subject. The lighting and composition are great too.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Carl
first thought was, great another one with his new gear and than I saw Canon 40D and 300 f/4, which again shows that great pictures are made by photographers, not by cameras
stunning contrast sharpness and compo, all good

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-03 12:37]

Hallo Carl,
Prachtige foto van deze zebra. Fantastische scherpte, mooie natuurlijke kleuren en genomen vanuit een ideaal standpunt in een perfecte compositie. Goede diepte in de foto.
Vriendelijke groet,

Hello Carl

Very beautiful photo of the Burchell's Zebra Foal,
with fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent light,
beautiful eye-contact, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-03 13:56]

Hi Carl,very nice pose and minimalistic composition,great exposure for the best white of stripes and excellent details too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
I was just going to post such a zebra foal. Fortunately, I watched at the gallery before. OK, I'll wait a few days ... It's a beautiful shot, with a nice light. The composition is good too.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-02-03 17:41]

This is beautiful photo and a young zebra. I liket he DOF and POV. The light management is good. TFS

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-03 18:26]

Hello Carl,
What a cute little colt you have captured, which appears to be very young. I never tire of viewing these beautiful animals, because of their unique and one of a kind coats.
Focus is very sharp and colors are true and nature. The DOF is just right as the subject stands out from the BG nicely and is crystal clear. Well done!!

Hi Carl,
nice photo of this zebra. Excellent presentation. Very good point of view.
Have a nice week,

really nice baby, TFS Ori

Hi Carl
Very sharp photo with a very good pose. Great DOV which provided a nicely blurred BG. Very nice light and colour.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Nice little one in absolute splendid light....!!

Hello Carl,
Très belle image, réussie sur tous les plans. De plus, le sujet est vraiment mignon.
Best Regards.

THIS is one major AWWW of a picture!!! :)

Hello Carl
Beautiful animal and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-07 17:52]

Hello Carl,
What a cute, cute zebra foal.
What long legs!
Beautiful details showing off his stripes and his gorgeous mane.
TFS. : )

Hi Boet,
This is such a fantastic clear image with great details. It is often difficult to get the babies on their own. You were very lucky. I also got some baby zebra shots the other day by mine is not half as good as yours. Fantastic!

Hi Carl,
Beautiful photo of a zebra foal. Great sharpness and pleasing composition. Probably the colors are getting a little, just a very little bit of blue overcast, but otherwise a photo to be truly proud of. Congratulations for the nice shot, and I hope to see more of your special photos of the South African fauna soon.
Best wishes, László

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