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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-24 15:48
Viewed: 4084
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Although hyenas bear some physical resemblance to wild dogs, they make up a separate biological family which is most closely related to Herpestidae (the family of mongooses and meerkats). The hyena has one of the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom and an adult of the species has only the large cats of the family Felidae (Lions, Tigers, etc.) to fear. An adult hyena's bite pressure can reach 800 lb per square inch; it can crush bone.
Their front legs are longer than their back legs, giving them their distinctive gait. This feature, along with the fact that they have a heart twice the size of an adult lion's, allows them to stalk their prey for many miles at about 6 mph, waiting for their prey to become exhausted from the chase, and then they can move in very quick at speeds of up to 30 mph.
In ancient times, large hyenas ranged over much of Europe and Asia, but they are much reduced in range and diversity today. Only four species survive: the spotted, brown, and striped hyenas (which together make up the subfamily Hyaeninae), and the aardwolf, which is the only member of the subfamily Protelinae

Picture taken in Dierenpark Amersfoort (zoo)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-24 16:30]

Hi Paula.
Very nice capture.I like these pose.Good compo,very good POV.From my opinion a little out of focus,but never mind!.Beautiful nature colours and good blurry BG.Very nice work.
Greetings Milos

Ha Paula,

Mooi portret van deze Hyena
Goede details en kleuren
Compositie, POV, DOF zijn zeer fraai
lichtval is schittelend
mooi geheel zeker gezien de slechte omstandigheden

TFS Thijs

Hi Paula,
a nice shot with good POV and compostion.
It's in OOF because of your long shutter speed 1/20sec,
you need at least 1/125 with the built-in anti-shake for a 300mm to avid camera-shakings for a handheld camera.
Well done.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-25 3:50]

Halle Paula,
Een erg mooie foto van deze hyena,je vraagt je af waar kijkt hij naar. De vlekken zijn prachtig, mooi scherp.
Een goed weekend

Ha Paula,

Een mooie shot van deze hyena,mooie kleuren en details,weet niet of je de compositie nog wat hebt aangescherpt voor hem op het net te zetten,ik heb in een ws getracht het iets te verscherpen,


Hello Paula,
I don't like those animals as they are so cruel and weird... But I like to see them in picture :) I agree with Mikou's critic on all points. Well done despite this little soft focus. Thanks,

Hello Paula,
this is a very nice capture. Composition is great and good POV too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

Animal très joli, cela doit etre du au photographe. Thomas

salut Paula
Je te félicite pour ce beau portrait de cette belle hyenne. Les couleurs sont très belles et l'on peut voir la férocitée dans ses yeux.
Merci et au revoir...JP
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