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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: 2008-12-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): African Rare Antelope 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 12:10
Viewed: 7068
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Keywords are horns and variants...
From wikipedia


Gemsbok are widely hunted in Africa for their spectactular horns that average 85cm in length, these horns are perfectly straight on males and extend from the base of the skull to a slight outward and rearward angle. Females have longer thinner horns that have a slight outward and rearward curve in addition to their angle. The only difference between Males and Females is their horns, many hunters mistake females for males each year and Gemsbok are one of the few antelope species where female trophies are sometimes more desirable than male ones

Guess this is a female?

There are two "types" of gemsbok: a northern and southern variety. The only difference being that the northern gemsboks have black-fringed ears while the southern ones have longer horns and more rounded ears. Southern Gemsbok are more numerous and live in the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, while the northern variant can be found in Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and parts of northern Namibia in the Khomas Hochland area.

Khomas Hochland is central Namibia?

Gemsbok are mainly desert-dwelling and do not depend on drinking to supply their physiological water needs, but many of the northern Gemsbok live in open grasslands where water is readily available.

Thanks for looking.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-01 12:34]

Hi Annick,
Schitterend portret in erg goede kwaliteit. Prachtige scherpte met mooie ringpatronen in de horens. Uitstekend natuurlijke kleuren. Aantrekkelijk oogcontact.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-01 12:41]

Hi Annick. This is once again a first class picture from you. i just love the way its staring straight at you. Your POV show its large horn of so well. Your picture has fine detail nd natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-04-01 12:45]

Hello Annick,

You are showing a very fine portret of the animal. Image is sharp showing very good details. The structure of the horns can be observed in great details. You have made very good use of the existing light rendering fine and delicate colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-04-01 13:04]

Hi Annick,
Very nice portrait of this stag.
Very nice details.

Been away from TN for a while Annick, and I'm quite glad to see that in the meantime you haven't lost your magic touch in wildlife photography, again a beautifully executed portrait my friend, TFS it indeed!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-01 16:11]

Hola Annick.
another great image of this wild animals in his Natural places. Photo well framed to show the long horns. Very clear and fine details thanks to the sharppnes and excellent camera work.

Hi Annick.
Great shot of this huge Gemsbok.
Good portrait,well composed etc.
TFS & cheers

Hi Annick,

Nice to see you posting again, what a great capture. Love the profile excellent detail, really well framed and composed, Super shot.

Cheers Rick :)

Hallo Annick
This is one of the most beautiful antelopes I can think of, and your close approach just brings out so much of the lovely features I admire of this animal. The black and white markings in its face, displays so well on the screen and that set of horns surely deserves a medal or two. Just love the direct eye-contact, and the ears opened wide as if it is listening at something. Great photography.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-02 9:49]

Annick wow what a long horn. Lovely pose and good composition. ganesh

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-11 19:31]
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Hi Annick

You have been rather quiet with new postings so I am just wondering why or when
will we see something new from you again. Btw, I have not yet written to you during
this new year so I just want to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful 2010. May
only the best light shine on your subjects this year MF.

This Gemsbok image is magnificent. As you probably know by now, I am very partial
to portraits as one tends to see so much more detail of the animal's facial areas. This
image does justice to the amazing and beautiful facial features of this bovid while it
also accentuate the length of those potentially deadly horns. These animals have the
ability to apply those horns with the same skill and agility that a master fencer might
do with his foil. Folklore, rumour or urban legend has it that you cannot throw a stone
at a Gemsbok and hit it. I have never tried to throw a stone at a gemsbok myself, but
according to the "story", it's sort of mission impossible to hit a gemsbok with a stone,
for apparently they hit it away with their horns. You be the judge (or jury) on that one

Well done and TFS.

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