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Eland Landing

Eland Landing
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-09-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-20 7:20
Viewed: 6220
Points: 38
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This sub-adult male was part of a small herd of Eland we found in the northern Serengetti. When I say found, we were not aware of them at first as the track (about two vehicles wide) was in a hollow - nearly a vehicle high. The Eland - about the size of a cow - were jumping from one side to the other, high above our Landrover. It was an amazing sight to see such massive animals arcing through the air - front legs tucked up, hind extended - from one side to the other. I tried to take them in the air, but as we could not see them taking off, all I got were blurs or bit of eland. The best I got was this one landing.

The name "eland" is derived from the Dutch word for elk (the animal called "moose" in North America). When Dutch settlers came to the Cape Province they named the largest wild ruminant herbivore they met with the name of the huge northern herbivore.

In Dutch the animal is called "eland antilope" to distinguish it from the elk.

The Common Eland, or Southern Eland, (Taurotragus oryx) is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa.

Eland stand around two metres at the shoulder and weigh 275 kilograms (600 lb) to a tonne (2,200 lb). Females are sometimes less than half the weight of adult males. This species and the so-called Giant Eland, which are actually about the same size as the Common, are the largest of world's antelopes. Common Eland females have a tan coat, while the males' coat is a darker tan with a blue tinge to it, there may be a single white stripe vertically placed on the sides. The males have dense fur on their foreheads and a large dewlap. Both sexes have horns, which are about 65 centimetres (26 in) long and almost straight. The horns of the female are longer but thinner than those of the male.

Common Eland live on the savannah and eat grass, branches and leaves. They are diurnal but tend towards inactivity during the heat of the day. Herds are usually between thirty and eighty individuals but are known to reach upwards of four hundred. The Common Eland has an unusual social life. They come and go, taking advantage of herd life when they need to without forming close ties.

Predators taking adult Eland in the wild are predominantly Lion and African Wild Dog. Our guide told us that lion rarely take Eland - if a herd sees a pride of lions, they walk slowly towards them - and the lions run off!

This is a scanned slide.

JORAPAVI, Evelynn, gracious, demeve, fartash, deblink, gannu, XOTAELE, NellyD, Nephrotome2 has marked this note useful
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Hola James,
Preciosa y dinámica captura, excelente nitidez y detalles, saludos
José Ramón

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-20 8:51]

Wow, impressive action shot, James.
Very clear capture of this eland in mid-stride.
The position of the legs suggest great speed.
I also like the way the body is slighty turning.
TFS. : )

Yes, you certainly did capture this one in action. There is nice sharpness on the body but enough blur in the image to show the movement. I am curious as to shutter speed.

Evelynn : )

great capture...

Hello James,
good shot with the Eland in action!
good sharpness, clarity, nice colour and details
thanks for wonderful notes too

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-20 10:56]

Hello James,
Is he running for his life? great POV and
well composed picture


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-08-20 11:33]

Hello James,
Very good action photo. Good sharpness, composition and light. Great POV. Very clear colours.

Hello James
Very nice action shot,
Perfect lighting, composition and BG,
Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

It's great to read your excitement about your adventure. Great capture of this action image. The quality is just superb.

Hi James,
after many good landscape, gavial and running eland. both of them very nice shots. this is nice action capture with great colors, details, composition, timing. good work. thanks for showing us. best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-20 15:02]

Hi James,
a decent shot of this massive antelope.
Sharp but a lot of detail has been lost to noise-control.
However, excellent movement and timing.
Well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-20 18:36]

Hello James

A wonderful capture ,the lighting and colours are very good.The action is caught well.It must have been something to see.Nicely composed in the frame.I have been trying to capture more action in my animal shots lately and I have come to the realization that it is not that easy.Well done.TFS


Hello James,
This is a nice action shot with good exposure. I think that details are not as sharp as they could be but maybe is it due to the scan? It looks to me like you have been using a noise reduction device which is probably not the case. This is a beautiful picture anyway with great movement, composition and notes. Thanks,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-21 5:35]

James, very natural and classic shot. I really like the view. Ganesh

hi james,

i love this action shot!!!magnificent!!!!!great timing!

Fantástica captura James!.
Buenos detalles nitidez y encuadre.
Por supuesto una nota muy completa.
Un saludo, JL.

This is an excellent action shot! The TP pic has a great punch i think!
Goutham R

Hi James,

Very impressive action shot, I like it!
The sharpness, colours, light and details are lokking great.
Beautiful image, thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Great shot of this magnificent young Eland...really very nice. I'm sure it's a little disappointing not to get them in the air, as it's amazing to see such a huge animal jump so high, but this is a wonderful shot. Very nicely done.

What a story. It is a blessing to be there in such a moment.
I've see a few herds. Because of the distance I decent shots only, but just not good enough for TN.
Nice timing. Brilliant capture.
I might have cropped out the irrelevant area on the right. Your eland is very centered.


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