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Tsessebe


Tsessebe
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favorites III, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 7:20
Viewed: 4266
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Received a new desktop with new monitor yesterday,so have been busy to install and let things running again,the 22" wide screen monitor which has been calibrated with spyder3pro gives a crystal clear picture,so uptill now quite happy with the new purchase.

Today I present a not so much seen/posted antilope on TN and I am quite sure this is the first calf posted,we were lucky to have a few sightings of these tsessebes in the krugerpark,this sighting was on the H15 underway to Makhadzi picnitspot (a nice and very quite picnick spot in the krugerpark),we saw 2 calves in a group of about 10 tsessebes,they were on the move (probably from a waterhole) close to this picnicksite,hope you like it and thanks for your visit.

Tsessebe

Appearance
Bulls have a mass of 140 Kg and measure 1.2 m at the shoulders, and are slightly larger than cows which weigh approximately 120 Kg. Both sexes grow horns, but those on bulls are heavier. When viewed from the front the horns appear typical ‘halfmoon’ shaped. It has a dark face with purple blotches on the shoulders, whereas the withers and upper body are reddish-brown.

Diet
They are grazers which utilise a wide range of grass species. They select the leaf over the stems. They prefer fresh growth, and are attracted to burnt areas.

Breeding
Seasonal breeders, which in South Africa give birth during September / October to single calves, after a gestation period of seven months. The rut takes place during mid-February and continues through to March. During the mating season elaborate displays by the bulls form part of the mating ritual.

Behaviour
Tsessebe are social animals and their basic group structure consists of small breeding groups, each comprising of six to ten cows with their offspring. Bachelor groups and territorial bull herds may sometimes number up to 30 strong. This is especially noticeable near water and favourable gazing. Breeding herds consisting of cows are not restricted to a specific territory. In areas where tsessebe occur in higher densities, bulls establish typical ‘lek’ system territories. Young bulls form bachelor groups at the age of one year as they are pushed out of herds.

Where they are found
They belong to the same family as the Wildebeest and the Hartebeest, all of whom are characterised by an ungainly appearance as a result of their shoulders being higher than the withers. Only one of the several subspecies that are recognized, occur in the Subregion. In South Africa the tsessebe are confined to northern savannah woodlands. They are mostly confined to the Kruger National Park and some provincial game reserves. They have also been re-introduced to some private game farms.

Predators
Most large carnivores such as Jackal, Wildebeest, and Warthog.

Vital Statistics
Latin Name : Damaliscus Lunatus
Weight (Female) : 126 kg
Weight (Male) : 140 kg
Length (Female) : 170 cm
Length (Male) : 170 cm
Gestation Period : 10 months
No of Young : 1 calf
Sexual Maturity : 26 - 40 months
Birth Weight : 11 kg
Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae
Running Speed : 60 km/h
Horns : 35 cm (record - 47 cm)v
Breeding : A single young is born from September - November after a gestation period of +/- 8 months.

Description
In patrolling their territories, territorial males maintain a steady gait and defecate at regular intervals. Both sexes mark their territories with the preorbital glands, but the territorial males are more active in doing so. They also rub the sides of their faces on the ground, usually on a termite mound or on a sandy patch, dropping to their knees to do so. Both sexes horn the ground, especially after rain. The animal has well developed interdigital glands on the front feet, and territorial males paw and scrape the ground as a means of territorial marking.

Spoor Description
In patrolling their territories, territorial males maintain a steady gait and defecate at regular intervals. Both sexes mark their territories with the preorbital glands, but the territorial males are more active in doing so. They also rub the sides of their faces on the ground, usually on a termite mound or on a sandy patch, dropping to their knees to do so. Both sexes horn the ground, especially after rain. The animal has well developed interdigital glands on the front feet, and territorial males paw and scrape the ground as a means of territorial marking.

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bonjour paul
si jeune et deja obligé de se deplacer seul,c'est la cruelle realité de la jungle.
toujours est il que c'est un joli sujet parfaitement presenté.tres bon piqué.
laurent

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-28 9:29]

Hallo paul,
Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe aanwinst.
Tsessebes heb ik afgelopen zomer in Ethiopië ook gezien. Jammer genoeg van een veel te grote afstand om er een foto van te maken. Dit is een schitterend natuurlijk gekleurde foto met uitstekende scherpte en details. Leuke pose van dit kalf in een erg goede natuurlijke omgeving. Mooie diepte in de foto.
Groet,
Peter

hello Paul

excellent photography of this young antilope,
shot with fine POV, i love the animal's
movement pose, also fine framing,
excellent sharpness and details,
i love that with the antilope we also see
in focus the foreground vegetations, TFS

Asbed

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-28 10:37]

Hi Paul got myself a new computer last week takes some getting use to. It has windows vista which i am not to sure about.
This is a fine close up of the youn looking antilope . I looks a bit unshaw about walking yet. All set in natural suroundings. well done TFS.
Nick..

hallo Paul
erg mooie opname
zo scherp en details komen erg mooi over

ps. heb je gezien dat hij met zijn kop vastzit aan een doorn?
groetjes lou

nice capture, TFS Ori

Hallo Paul,

mooie foto van dit beest waar ik de naam haast niet van kan schrijven of uitspreken.
Prachtige bruine kleuren.

Gert

Hallo Paul,
Fantastisch allemaal:-)
Veel succes met je nieuw speelgoed. PC of MAC?
Foto? Terug een heeel mooi werkje. Inderdaad...valt niet mee om de Tsessebe te fotograferen laat staan een kalfje...
Was mama niet in de buurt? Over mama's gesproken de groeten aan Vivian.
Heb in Namibia ook enkele keren dit dier gespot en gefotografeerd maar hier kan ik niet aan tippen...
Bedankt en groeten,
Annick

Hi Paul, an excellent capture of this cute young (i think) tsessebe with lovely posture with gret clarity.
TFS this fine image.
Cheers,

Bayram

Hi Paul,
Excellent capture of this Tsessebe; great POV and composition, sharp details, excellent bright colours and lighting.
TFS
Pekka

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-28 21:36]

Hello Paul,

Interetsing to see this animal. The photo is fine showin it well as the image sharpness is good. There are good and naturaly looking color tone on the fur as well as on the veregtation arround.

Thank you for sharing,
Cristian

Excellent capture of this Tsessebe, very dood compo and POV.
TFS Paul. Best regards. Ferran.

Hi Paul

A wildlife scene, the atmosphere is hear.

Best regards

Murilo

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