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Gemsbok


Gemsbok
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Copyright: Philippe Baudet (phibau) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 93] (601)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 100, Canon EF 300 mm f4 + 1.4x converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-03 14:49
Viewed: 2780
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Gemsbok is the only species of oryx foud in Namibia(among four).
These powerful antelopes (1.20 m and 250 kg for males) are particularly adapted to very dry environments. Not only can they do without drinking simply thanks to moisture in their food, but more importantly, they have an extraordinary thermal control system: in case of high heat, they leave their body temperature up, but they protect the brain, cooling it . One was able to observe differences in temperature up to 7 between face and the rest of the body!

Books usually say they live in small flocks, but I've often seen solitary animals and couples.

The oryx is especially majestic and impressive in motion but I chose this picture because it is well worth its magnificent horns. It was a highly prized hunting trophy and it almost caused the loss of species.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-02-03 17:37]

I like the Gemsbok. How does he rest on rocks.

Gary

Hello Philippe,
One of my favourite animals of Namibia. Taken from a good low POV in it's natural habitat. The colours are natural and light management good for the time of day (heat waves in the BG). Very good my friend.
Best regards,
Carl

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