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The shy one!

The shy one!
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 400, Skylight
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-18 14:56
Viewed: 4827
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I consider myself to be very lucky to have been able to take this young Bushbuck. On my recent business trip to Port Elizabeth, my plane was delayed for several hours - apparently damaged by severe winds. I killed some time (no complaints) in the Kragga Kamma Game park and after a short walk through a forest decided to sit under a tree and absorb the peacefulness of nature (charge the batteries).

This young bushbuck was not aware of my presence as it was foraging on the greenery in the forest. The slight sound of the shutter made it look up and this is what I got.

More about the Bushbuck:


The very sharp horns render the Bushbuck very dangerous when wounded. A close relative of the Kudu and the Nyala. The rams are very elegant in appearance, sporting dark greyish-brown fur, with white spots on the flanks and prominent white socks. In height they are 700mm at the shoulders, and have a maximum mass of 54 Kg's.Ewes are smaller and adult ewes are lighter in color than rams, with more pronounced white spots and stripes. Both males and females have geometrically shaped white patches or spots on the most mobile parts of their body, namely the ears, chin, tail, legs and neck, as well as a band of white at the base of the neck. On males these markings become more visible during their displays when they arch their backs and slowly circle one another, walking in a tense, high-stepping gait. These highly ritualized displays usually make fighting unnecessaryDiet

Bushbuck are mainly browsers, but on rare occasions will consume grass. They are selective feeders, but during hardship are able to adapt their feeding habits for the sake of survival.Behaviour

The Bushbuck is primarily nocturnal, but it is also fairly active during the day. Half of a Bushbuck's day is spent standing and grazing. Around dusk bushbucks move toward their night range where they feed before moving off at dawn.

The Bushbuck is also the only non-territorial and solitary African antelope with neither males nor females defending any part of their home range. Mature males usually go out of their way to avoid contact with each other.


Bushbuck’s preferred habitat is dense bush at the base of mountains or along river courses. This antelope is always found close to permanent water courses.

The Camera Settings
Focal Length: 420mm
F Stop: F/20
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 400
Tripod: No
Flash: Off Camera TTL
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

I will be camping with my family in the Pilaansberg Nature reserve for 2 days and will catch up with all the good posts on my return

NitzanCK, mogens-j, marhowie, mumek, Signal-Womb, Luc, willie, red45, ellis49, gerhardt, extramundi, Callie, Lourens has marked this note useful
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Congratulations with the one shot Japie. Yes, he looks a little anxious but you got a good and clear shot of this beautiful creature.

Japie, Another excellent post! Sorry, short version.. Gotta go.. Happy Holidays!!

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-18 17:17]

I love your picture because it was taken in natural environment not in a Zoo.This is classic example of a professional who carries
always their camera.Excellent composition, lovely colors and details. Thanks for posting and note.

Excellent and very natural looking shot. Great contrast, colour and sharpness certainly an APO. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-19 1:41]

Yes! Lucky Japie!
The chance often smiles to the audacious and sometimes to the lazy persons ;-)
A great work!
p.s.: there is a visible error in the aspect of your note: Diet

Skaap van die veldt.
Very good shot of the bushbuck Japie. Well done

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: *****

Very good, a great shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-19 8:14]

Excellent shot Japie. Great pose with those big ears and astonishment on its face :-) Quality very good as always.

Excellent shot Japie.
Beautiful animal with very big ears.
Great composition, details and colours.
One of your best IMO.
Excellent work.

A rare capture indeed, Japie.

Beautifull shot. It is in great condition. Well done.

I am hapy you did this rare capture and share to us with such an excellent note. Impressed with that F20 giving a wonderful DOF. Excellent composition. TFS.

Hi Japie
Cute little beggar, I love her fluffy pelt and that innocent look she give you here.

Very nice image, Japie. These little fellows are rather shy and thus difficult to photograph. You did a great job. Nice!!

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