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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's monkeys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 7:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mating and birth

Baboon mating behavior varies greatly depending on the social structure of the troop. In the mixed groups of savanna baboons, each male can mate with any female. The mating order among the males depends partially on their social ranking, and fights between males are not unusual.

There are however more subtle possibilities; males sometimes try to win the friendship of females. To garner this friendship, they may help groom the female, help care for her young, or supply them with food. Some females clearly prefer such friendly males as mates. However, males will also take infants during fights in order to protect themselves from harm.

A female initiates mating by presenting her swollen rump to the male. But 'presenting' can also be used as a submissive gesture and is observed in males as well.

In the harems of the Hamadryas Baboon, the males jealously guard their females, to the point of grabbing and biting the females when they wander too far away. Despite this, some males will raid harems for females. In such situations it often comes to aggressive fights by the males. Visual threats are usually accompanied by these aggressive fights. This would include a quick flashing of the eyelids accompanied by a yawn to show off the teeth. Some males succeed in taking a female from another's harem. This is called a 'takeover'. In many species, infant baboons are taken by the males as hostages during fights.

Females typically give birth every other year, usually to a single infant, after a six month gestation. The young baboon weighs approximately one kilogram and is colored black. The females tend to be the primary caretaker of the young, although several females will share the duties for all of their offspring.

In mixed groups males sometimes help in caring for the young of the females they are friendly with, for instance they gather food for them and play with them. The probability is high that those young are their offspring. After about one year, the young animals are weaned. They reach sexual maturity in five to eight years.

Baboon males leave their birth group, usually before they reach sexual maturity, whereas females are 'philopatric' and stay in the same group their whole life.

-double portrait; female Hamadryas baboon with young.
-photographed in Safaripark "Beekse Bergen"
-monopod, IS
-pp: usual stuff and shadow/highlight adjustment in PS
-I use DPP to convert to JPEG as MarkIII files do not open in CS2. Supported in CS3.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
28/07/2007 11:41:49
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0
Highlight tone priority : No
Color matrix
Color Space
File Size
13347 KB
Dust Delete Data
Drive Mode
Low-speed continuous shooting
GPS Data
Latitude : -
Longitude : -
Altitude : -
Geographic coordinate system : -
Owner's Name
annick vanderschelden
Camera Body No.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Heyshamite: It is for the ladies, Peter:-)vanderschelden 1 08-10 07:39
To grimmel: and it is a female...:-)vanderschelden 2 08-09 12:17
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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-09 7:33]

Hi Annick,

I really like this intimate capture. It shows the affection between mother and child. You caught a very delicate moment here. My compliment!


selam annick, excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely baboons family nice pov and bg with splendid naturel colours.
Well done !
Regards ridvan

wonderfull capture

Hello Annick,
Simply sensational!
The scene dismissal to commentaries technician.
Well done.
Josť Roberto

Sweet photo, Annick. Wonderful touching moment you have captured so well.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-09 7:55]

Hi Annick

Lovely composition combined with excellent focus and good colours.


moving, intimate pic, TFS Ori

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-08-09 10:14]

Great shot Annick.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-09 10:36]

Wonderful! as usual wonderful capture with great composition and detail, true colors

Hello Annick
Very intersting moment to shoot,
Great focusing,lighting and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.


oh annick,

this picture is so lovely.could getting tears when looking at it.and it is of a superbe quality again as all your pictures!you have a big photographer heart.

hi annick,
..very very emotional picture.
you have managed to catch deep and honest sensations.
great timing, great details, great DOF.
TFS - carole

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-09 12:30]

Hi Annick

What a wonderful photo. the detail and composition are excellent and the lighting spot on.


Hi Annick,
Gorgeous image.
Wonderful to see how these animals do look after one another.
Technically perfect again and I love the details and soft natural color tones.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Golly... how much time do you spend at the animals parks to get such amazing shots? Your animals shots always seem to tell a story. This one is wonderful.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-09 20:20]

Hello Annick

This is sheer heart warming beauty.The tenderness you have captured in this shot is wonderful.A superb composition that tells a beautiful story.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-09 22:58]

Hi Annick,
My system and internet connection is giving me a torrid time lately and I am wrting this from a net-cafe. Just marking this post and will come back later with a proper critique shortly.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-08-09 23:03]

Hi Annick
that is what I call mothercare!
Another outstanding shot!

Hi Annick,
Another beautiful capture of these baboons showing motherly love to her kid. Very nicely composed with excellent details and expressions. Notes are great. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Annick,
technically excellent, emotionally very touching portrait of loving care. Outstanding!
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Annick,
What one calls an 'ooh ahh' picture. The ladies love this sort of pose bringing out the maternal instincts I suppose.
The photo does not need a critique, just a good looking at.
Very well done,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-10 4:23]

Hi Annick,
Really tender image of this mother and her child. A technically perfect photo with an excellent note.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-10 5:55]

Hi Annick
Beautiful and lovely composition.Excellent POV and BG.Sharpness and colors are perfect.The details in the fur is just outstanding.
TFS Michel

What an impressive capture. Tender and intimate - a very emotional picture. It is simply beautiful! Kudos, Annick! Cheers, Klaus

hi annick,
nice shot showing the emotions very well, liked the pov and the composition too, nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick,
Very cute image! Good scene you have captured

Hi Annick. This is so emotive. So human like, we need to care for all animals especially these only a few percent different to all of us. TFS. Murray.

Hi Annick,

What an endearing scene this is, they must be family! :-) This is a picture I love; she is so clearly comforting the youngster. Thanks Annick.


Hello Annick
It is lovely shot. It shows bond between mother and child. You captured very nice moment.
Regards, Agata

Hello Sir!

A very well composed picture of the Baboons-mother and child.Good sharpness.Overall its wonderful!
*hope to see more pictures from you.

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