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hamadryas baboon


hamadryas baboon
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 7:40
Viewed: 3664
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a young hamadryas baboon. This type of baboon has got a fluffy coat. Females and young baboons are brown, while adult males have a silver hair on their shoulders and back. Their faces and rump have pink skin with no hair. Grass seeds, root and bulbs make up the diet of the hamadryas baboon. They live in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. It prefers the rocky desert areas and the subdesert regions that have no grass.
The Hamadyas baboon has a complex social structure. A male will dominate up to 10 females at a time. This family is a close-knit group, interacting with each other far morefrequently than with baboons from other famillies. Several families form a clan; several clans form a band and several bands form a troop. Males will forcefully steal females from other bands, but will not steal from their own family. Instead, they very gradually win over a juvenile female without confrontation. Young males inherit feamles from their father. Thus the father's social status is passed on to his sons. Females are much smaller than males, so they are not as forceful. However, if a female does not favor her male she will have a much higher chance of being stolen from her male.
This photo was taken in safaripark Beekse Bergen in Holland.

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Hello Zeno ,
Nice portrait of the baboon superb composition and POV.
TFS
CoolNik

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-04 8:21]

Hi Zeno
Excellent composition.Sharp image with nice details and colors.I also like the POV and the eye's contact with your subject.
TFS Michel

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-04 22:51]

Hello Zeno,
You captured this baby monkey in such a cute and vulnerable pose.
I like the composition with him wedged between those rocks.
Great details and colors, and excellent eye contact.
TFS. ; )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-09-06 3:12]

Hi Zeno, Great shot of this young baboon, nice pov and portrait with him looking straight at your camera. Good light and details with great focus and sharpness.
tfs
debz

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