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Spotted Hyaena

Spotted Hyaena
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2, CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-05 2:58
Viewed: 4247
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spotted Hyaena ,Crocuta crocuta (juvenile)
These animals weigh 45-85 kg as adults, depending on sex (males weigh less than females) and capture location (hyaenas in southern Africa are larger than those in other parts of Africa).
Spotted hyaenas are hunters and scavengers and can even chase lions away from their kills.
Spotted hyaenas are intelligent, noisy and gregarious, living in groups of as few as five or as many as 80 individuals. Spotted hyaenas are highly unusual among mammals because females in this species are socially dominant to males, the reverse of the situation in most mammalian species. This hyaena’s loud, cackling 'giggle' vocalization inspired the phrase “laughing like a hyaena”. Many beliefs about spotted hyaenas are false: they do not have any magical powers, witches do not ride on their backs and they are not hermaphrodites . They produce unusually small litters relatiev to dogs or cats; spotted hyaenas give birth to 1 or 2 cubs (very rarely 3) at a time, and the mother typically feeds her young with rich milk for many months, often for over one year.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-05 3:40]

Hello Albert
Nice capture of these hyena puppies. Well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-05 4:29]

Bonjour Albert,
Tu as réussi de faire une image "sympathique" de la hyène, bravo!
Il s'agit probabalement de jeunes à voir leur mines innocentes. .Très belle lumière caressant les poils de ces "terribles" carnivores. Une image toute en finesse avec de jolies teintes couleur terre et des animaux photographiés dans leur milieu naturel.
Un grand merci
Bonne fin de semaine. Amitiés

Hi MF Albert,

Cute shot! Incredible clarity and focus, the lighting looks excellent too. Good job with the POV and exposure too MF!
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-05 4:43]

Hello Albert,
A fine sharp capture of two Spotted Hyaena cubs taken from a nice POV in excellent lighting and set in a superb composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-05 4:50]

Hello Albert,
A stunning capture of these young Hyenas in beautiful light! They're ever so cute and I like the way they're posing. Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and very nicely framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hi Albert... beautiful snap... nice compo... thanx for TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-05 6:13]

Hello Albert,
What a beautiful puppies. The light in the photo looks gorgeous, so very beautiful colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Very nice POV, poses and composition.

hello Albert
so good sharpness picture with good details and very good light
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-05 7:16]

Hello Albert, excellent shot of these cute hyaenas with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

salut Albert

quelle belle photo de ces puppies Hyène animal
charognard d'Afrique, quelle superbe chance que
tu as eu de les voir en vrai et photographier,
prise par excellent POV et DOF, les jeunes hyènes
étant en contre-jour, jolie lumière chaudes à l'arrière,
excellent focus netteté et détails, je vais ajouter ta photo
dans deux de mes thèmes différents, TFS beaucoup


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-05 9:33]

Hi Albert.
Bravo, my friend. Simply great shot with highest quality. Very natural picture with amazing 3D-effect and lovely scene. I like all components of photo skill at your work. Superb framing and composition, wonderful DOF and details, impressive evening warm sunlight and stunning details. Bravo.

Bonjour Albert.. lovely catch of these cute cat-like animals from nice point of view...Very clear details and sharpness..
Beautiful composition...
Thanks for sharing.. regards..

Hello Alber, lovely and excellent shot of these spotted hyaenas with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-05 15:00]

Salut Albert,une rencontre riche de chance et une image tres tendre et spectaculaire.La qualite' est vraiment haute,details et couleurs parfaits et la position de la lumiere a fait la difference! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

nice cubs, TFS Ori

bonjour Albert
superbe photo de ces deux jeunes hyènes, les details sont clairs et nets
les couleurs sont lumineuses, j'aime bien leur pose et aussi leur habitat naturel
Merci pour le partage

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-07 5:44]

Great light, pose and composition. Pretty color combination.
Greetings and TFS.

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