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Speed at Rest


Speed at Rest
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-25 3:48
Viewed: 3135
Points: 16
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I capture this Pronghorn resting in a dry slough bottom near Jenner, Alberta.


Pronghorn
Fleet-footed pronghorns are among the speediest animals in North America. They can run at more than 53 miles (86 kilometers) an hour, leaving pursuing coyotes and bobcats in the dust. Pronghorns are also great distance runners that can travel for miles at half that speed.

Pronghorns are about three feet (one meter) tall at the shoulders. They are reddish brown, but feature white stomachs and wide, white stripes on their throats. When startled they raise the hair on their rumps to display a white warning patch that can be seen for miles.

Both sexes sport impressive, backward-curving horns. The horns split to form forward-pointing prongs that give the species its name. Some animals have horns that are more than a foot (30 centimeters) long.

Like other even-toed hoofed animals, pronghorns chew cud—their own partially digested food. The meal of choice for this speedy herbivore is generally grass, sagebrush, and other vegetation.

Pronghorns mate each fall in the dry, open lands of western North America. Bucks gather harems of females and protect them jealously—sometimes battling rivals in spectacular and dangerous fights. In the spring, females give birth to one or two young, which can outrun a human after just a few days.
from www.animal.national geographic.com

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Hi Rick,
Stunning shot of this Pronghorn. Excellent comosition and sharpness. Great BG.
Regards.
Anil Purohit

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-25 7:10]

Hello Rick,
Excellent photo of this Pronghorn taken from a perfect low POV. Good sharpness, details and a fantastic DOF. The composition is also very good. Pleasing eye-contact.
Regards,
Peter

'Pronghorn' is such an apt name for this fellow, Rick. Its horns are really unique.
This is a captivating picture of this specimen taking rest and staring back at you with casual curiosity.
Thanks and best regards.
Ram

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-25 8:10]

Hi,
Very interesting viewpoint, good composition and soft/wonderful lighting. well done. tfs.
nagraj.v

Hi Rick,
An amazing capture of this beautiful Pronghorn. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-25 16:55]

Hi Rick,

I've never seen a Pronghorn except in pictures. He really is beautiful with those magnificent horns and handsome face. His colors are wonderful. Excellent details including the long eye lashes. He looks so peaceful and relaxed and doesn't seem at all disturbed by your presence.

Jane

A lovely shot, Rick! I like your take on this, yes, it's nice to see such animals resting, once in a while!
I've never seen a Pronhorn, and this shot, too, is a first for me!
Thanks for the share, my friend!
Goldy

Perfectly off center which gives dynamic to the "stare"...almost frightening. You are consistently one of the best Rick.
Bob

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