Rest time but alert
- Elanor (50)
- [2008-02-05 6:04]
Wat een prachtige en zeer scherpe foto! De Impala ligt erg mooi te midden van al dat groen.
- rousettus (19818)
- [2008-02-05 6:20]
This is great portraite of Impala in resting time. You capture it from great POV/DOF among natural grasses. Nicely composed and focused. leaves of tree on left corner great for composition. TFS, well done
- Luis52 (15809)
- [2008-02-05 6:59]
Una muy elegante postal la de hoy Vivian. Muy hermosos colores y alta nitidez.
El Impala luce bellamente decansando sobre el Zacatal.
- pvs (14464)
- [2008-02-05 7:22]
A nice capture of this impala in the green vegitation,well camouflaged,but well seen and captured,
- ralfsworld (6560)
- [2008-02-05 7:46]
A nice capture of this impala in natural environment.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-02-05 9:21]
Wonderful shot of impala at fine scenery. I like perfect composition of the picture, amazing colours and so wide DOF. Details of the FG and main subject (cute animal) are perfect. Exposure is excellent too. Small twig on the top-left side of the image is charming. My best wishes and kind regards.
If this shot made you happy thinking that it is an impala it is good, but how happy would you be if I tell you that this is in fact a Southern or Common reedbuck - Redunca arundinum. Although it is called a "common" reedbuck it is by far not common. Actually they are rather scarce numbering only ±1,500 animals throughout the park compared to the numerous ±160,000 impala.
However, you are correct when you say that the impala is a lovely animal. Because of their abundance people tend to ignore them or pay less interest of them. In fact they are worth more than a passing glance: they are graceful animals, and remarkable in flight, when the whole herd moves in beautifully synchronised fashion, leaping spectacularly and in concert over the ground.
The reedbuck can be distinguished from the impala on a number of features such as; the glandular spot just below the ears (well seen on your shot), the white rings around the eyes (also clearly visible on your photo), the absence of the black-tipped ears (very prominent on the impala), and the horns which provide a clear identification. The reedbuck's horns forms a "V". It starts by pointing backwards out of the head and then curve forward and upward with no twist (clearly illustrated on your photo). On the other hand, the impala have long graceful lyrate horns that are deeply ringed and curving gracefully in a spiral twist from the outside inwardly.
I hope this will assist you with the correct ID of the beautiful reedbuck ram displayed in this posting.
Well done and TFS.
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2008-02-05 10:23]
De Impala ligt mooi beschut.
Goede opname met natuurlijke kleuren, scherpte ook goed.
Jammer dat er wat grasprieten voor zijn gezicht zitten.
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2008-02-05 16:45]
A splendid capture of this imposing animal!
You're so lucky to have one of this specie.
It's very good the composition made with all that green around.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- fiftysomething (657)
- [2008-02-05 23:55]
Lovely capture of this very difficult to photograph animal. Perfect colours and you have managed excellent focus on the animal despite all the foreground grass that might have upset the focussing.
I can certainly confirm Loot's identification.
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-02-06 10:50]
very beautiful photo, i love your low POV at the level of this
Common reedbuck, and in the vegetetions, excellent luminosity
of the image, excellent sharpness and details too, TFS
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-02-07 5:46]
What a fine profile of this beautiful Reedbuck resting in the grass! Fine details and I like the interesting horns. Natural colours and a fine composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla