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Wild boar

Wild boar
Photo Information
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: 2007-06-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 8:52
Viewed: 4752
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. It is native in woodlands across much of Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia, and has been widely introduced elsewhere. It is in the same Suidae biological family as the Warthog and Bushpig of Africa, the Pygmy Hog of northern India, Babirusa of Indonesia and others.
Wild boars have a confirmed maximum weight of 900 lbs for adult males and can be up to 9 feet long. If surprised or cornered they may become aggressive - particularly a sow with her piglets - and if attacked will defend themselves vigorously with their tusks.

Wild boars live in groups called sounders. Sounders typically contain around 20 animals, but groups of over 50 have been seen. In a typical sounder there are two or three sows and their offspring; adult males are not part of the sounder outside of a breeding cycle, two to three per year, and are usually found alone. Birth, called farrowing, usually occurs in a secluded area away from the sounder; a litter will typically contain 4-6 piglets.
The animals are usually nocturnal, foraging from dusk until dawn but with resting periods during both night and day. They eat almost anything they come across, including nuts, berries, carrion, roots, tubers, refuse, insects, small reptiles--even young deer and lambs.
Boars are the only hoofed animals known to dig burrows, a habit which can be explained by the fact that they are the only known mammals lacking brown adipose tissue. Therefore, they need to find other ways to protect themselves from the cold. For the same reason, piglets often shiver to produce heat themselves.

This photo was taken during a walk in the forest around the holiday village in Eerbeek (Coldenhove).
The quality of the photo’s is not so good, but it happened so fast there was almost no time to think. I am just very happy that I had my camara with me and could capture this family crossing the path. A large one was already on the other side and after this mother and young there were 5 of 6 other young (that I will show you next time).
Hope you like it.

mamcg, Argus, mikou, hester, Pentaxfriend, garyfudge, Maite, Matt-Bird, jcoowanitwong, uleko, Adanac, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2007-07-03 9:09]

The quality of the photo is not that BAD it is good for such fast moving subject, TFS.

great action capture. one of the times that multiple images make sense.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-03 9:29]

Hello Paula,
These shots of Wild Boar in the wild may not be of the best quality but them make a fine record of what must have been a marvellous experience. I didn't know they were to be found in Holland. In sweden they have increased in recent years but I have not seen them yet, though I have seen what they do to the forest floor.
So this collage is a fine contribution and well done in having the presence of mind to photograph them.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-03 9:55]

Hi Paula.
Great action series shots.You've captured this scene very good,it not easy.I like it.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Paula,
Yes I see we are next to each other in the gallery. Don't really know enough about wildlife photography to offer any advice, but I like the way you have joined together the 3 shots to give more of a sense of the moment.

Best wishes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-03 11:45]

Hi Paula

Well I think good on you for getting this. I would still be trying to get the camera out of my bag. The piglet is adorable and the last picture shows him off really well. The series of shots really show the moment.



Ha Paula en René,

ik denk dat ik had blijven kijken inplaats van foto's te nemen
en je weet het ook nog eens voorelkaar te krijgen om er een hele serie van te maken
mooi moment heb je hier waar velen jalours op zullen zijn

TFS Thijs

Dag Paula,

super shots, love the motion blur. Really makes the images come alive come alive and gives the viewer that being there feel.


nice 3 pics, TFS ori

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-07-03 13:42]

Hello Paula
What a fantastic and beautiful sequence you captured and present here in an excellent collage!
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing
Best wishes

Hi Paula,
Nice series of boar photos, well composed and set out. You captured some nice quick action. Nice photo,
Smiley later.

Hello Paula,
An exciting scene. Thanks to your fast response that we can enjoy this action. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-04 1:22]

Hi Paula,
Pressed for time and the internet is also playing hide and seek. Just tagging this shot and I will come back with a proper critique.

* I will come back.

Super ekspresyjne ujęcia.
Masz reflex myśliwego.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam.

Oh, I wish I can witness such a scene Paula. This is wild life in all its beauty and surprises. You did great with those action pictures as we see their movement clearly and this is so nice to see the little one as well! We don't have those animals here I think. We have poor industrial pigs that are killed in mass to be eaten, nothing very gratifying ;)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-05 20:05]

Hello Paula,
Great collage of these fast moving pigs, Great job just catching them Paula.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-06 0:55]
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Hello Paula,
How fascinating to capture these beasts. They've become more common everywhere here and tend to be quite destructive but they're very hard to see. Excellent captures showing how they escape very quickly. The young ones look very cute!
TFS and regards, Ulla
P later!

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  • ckort (0)
  • [2007-07-07 7:31]

Hallo Paula en Rene Wat een mooie foto,s dat kom je niet iedere dag tegen

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-07 9:33]

Hi Paula.
What a rare wild pictures. Bravo. Amazing scenery, expressive action shot, wonderful lovely colours and perfect details. My kind regards and congratulations. I'll be back to your next shot soon.

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