Zebra Crossing - Thanks for waiting!
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The "Great Migration" is one of the most dramatic wildlife show on earth. About 200,000 zebras and 1 million Wildebeest and thousands of Thompson Gazelles traverse the plains of Serengeti and Masai Mara in a year round show. I was fascinated by the discpilined way the Zebras and Wildebeest made their journey in single or twin files, each following the other, stopping when one did in complete harmony.
Adult zebras stay in family groups throughout their life, with the exception of very old or sick stallions, who must avoid the other stallions. Should a stallion take leave of his group for a prolonged period, he will often find, on his return, that he has been replaced as head of the family by another.
When the herd is dispersed by predators, family groups will come together again over a period of several days. Foals seem to have little difficulty finding their mothers. They can find their parent either by smell, or by recognizing subtle differences in the pattern of stripes.
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Nice shot about african life ;-)
I love it!
Just the title made me look into this a little and its well deserved.
- [2008-06-13 7:30]
Ha-ha-ha, this is the most authentic zebra crossing I've ever seen. Spot on with the title and complete with a compliant driver on the other side.
It seems like they got long, open, straight roads up in the Serengeti. Not like the bushy, winding roads at the where you regularly get a nasty surprise, because you are busy scrutinising the wild habitat for animals and not paying too much attention about the bend in the road. Either you nearly run off the road or an unexpected vehicle would suddenly appear around the corner resulting in serious evasive actions from both drivers. I can assure you, I had my fair share of close-shaves during the last 20 odd years I've been visiting the nature reserves here in South Africa.
I like your composition with the threesome in line crossing the long line of the road with ample space in front of them to move in to. The high sun and the fact the these zebras was walking towards the west, into the sun, caused a bit of shade on the animals, but nothing too harsh to eliminate any details.
Well done and TFS.
PS. I see it went much better with the country selection. Great stuff.
- [2008-06-13 7:52]
Great shot, great caption!
Technically excellent, the zebra crossing well managed both in timing and light in a fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this delight,
Nice shot. The vast expanse of grasslands with the zebras standing on the middle of the road look great.
Lol! Cool Zebras!