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Desert antelope

Desert antelope
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus E 30, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 17:14
Viewed: 3034
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
L'Antilope à nez tacheté

Addax nasomaculatus De Blainville, 1816
This is an antelope that has become particularly rare, because of its destruction by hunters, mainly attracted by its exceptional trophies. That is why we no longer find this wonderful ox except in remote areas of the Sahara.

The Addax is about one meter at the shoulder and weighs about 125 kilograms. His coat color is white yellowish, head slightly darker, with a patch of brown hair covering his forehead and two white spots under the eyes, as shown in the photograph.

The ringed horns have the same form in both sexes with two twists. They can reach 80 cm for females, 120 for males.

This white antelope is particularly well adapted to arid environment. His broad hoofs avoid sinking into the ground during his race in the desert sand.

It feeds on some bushes present in its habitat and does not drink hardly ever. The water dew and composition of the diet make him an adequate water supply.

Like most desert animals, the antelope are saving energy during the hot hours. It is an animal largely nocturnal.

It is a species declared endangered. Several zoo began farming for preservation and conservation. This applies to Zoo Lunaret in Montpellier. This zoo has also participated in a program to reintroduce the white antelope in the national park of Souss-Massa, Morocco.


The photograph was taken in May on a sunny morning. The sensitivity used is iso-100.

As the subject is relatively immobile, the camera mode is set to aperture priority.

Given its distance and to avoid disturbing the lens focal length used is 300 mm with an apperture of f/5.6. With these parameters, the speed is 1 / 320 th.

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bonjour Philippe
Wow ! cette photo est superbe, excellent portrait de cette belle antilope au nez tacheté, les details sont exceptionnels, j'aime bien sa pose, les couleurs naturelles et la très belle luminosité
Passe une bonne nuit

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