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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 23:50
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Points: 14
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We spotted this wildebeest enjoying a mud bath at the Nossob waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrobtier park.

Wildebeest - Connochaetes taurinus

The wildebeest also called the gnu an antelope of the genus Connochaetes. It is a hooved mammal.

The name gnu comes from a Bushman word for the wildebeest's bellow.

Only one in every six calves survives its first year.

Both males and females have horns, although the male's horns are thicker and heavier than the female's.
To groom itself, the wildebeest rubs its face either on the ground or against a tree or partner.

All wildebeest populations across Africa have declined except for the Serengeti population

Wildebeest are noisy creatures. Bulls have an array of loud vocalizations, from moans to explosive snorts.

Wildebeest grow to 1.15–1.4 metres (3 ft 9 in–4 ft 7 in) at the shoulder and weigh 150–250 kilograms (330–550 pounds).

They inhabit the plains and open woodlands of Africa, especially the Serengeti. Wildebeest can live more than 20 years if they are not snatched by crocodiles, lions or illness.

Wildebeests live in more densely packed herds than any other large mammal, except for humans.

Calves can stand and run within 3-7 minutes after birth.

At night white-bearded wildebeest sleep on the ground in rows; this provides them with the security of being in a group while allowing them space to run in case of an emergency.

Their spectacular northward migration in search of greener pastures is dictated by weather patterns, but usually takes place in May or June. It is considered one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, involving up to 1.5 million wildebeests as well as hundreds of thousands of other animals, including zebra and gazelle.

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Hello Peter! Amazing animal, wonderful information, superb scene, good capture, very good light and colours, fine contrast. Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-23 1:29]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture !
Very good details and superb naturel colours. Nice colours and good focus.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-23 2:01]

Hello Peter,
very special shot with the animal seen sleeping and deeply engrossed. Very full detailed and exciting features. i like the wrinkled skin on the neck.
very well presented shot in excellent use of lighting.


Hi Peter,
Another great picture from Africa. I like how peaceful,cool and relaxed in the mud.
Well done,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-23 6:10]

Hello Peter,

What a moment for take, while he or she sleeping.
Again a nice picture of the Wildebeest
Excellent composition, sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-23 6:13]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful photo of this Wildebeest in excellent sharpness and nice natural colours. Taken from a very good low POV. A good DOF too.

Bonjour Peter,
Excellente restitution d'une très belle scène de la vie sauvage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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