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Red hartebeest III

Red hartebeest III
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-05 6:41
Viewed: 4930
Points: 8
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The Red Hartebeest is a large, reddish-fawn antelope with sloping back and long narrow face. Both sexes have heavily ringed horns. Of the 12 subspecies described in Africa, the Red Hartebeest is the only one which occurs in South Africa. Due to its re-introduction onto game farms and nature reserves, it has a wider distribution today. Adult bulls weigh 150 kg and measure 1.3 m at the shoulders, while cows only weigh 120 kg.


Red Hartebeest is predominantly a grazing species which prefers medium-height grass stands, and relishes fresh regrowth after veld fires or rain.


Following a gestation period of eight months, single calves are normally born before summer rains. For a short period after being born, calves are hidden in dense vegetation before joining the herd.


Territorial bulls often present themselves on prominent mounds and mark their territories with dung piles. The Red Hartebeest is swift on foot and gregarious, occurring in herds of up to 30.

Where they are found

Preferred habitat is the dry, arid regions of Namibia, the Kalahari, southern Botswana, northwestern South Africa.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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Hi George,
great portrait of this interesting and beautiful animal. Amazing colours and composition. Great sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

  • luciola Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 217] (4193)
  • [2011-10-05 8:24]

Hello George,
Beautiful animal. Wonderful silhouette and the head is shown grasped very interesting.

Hi George,
Fantastic colour variation of brown to black the Red Hartebeest exposes and excellent capture thereof. Superb DOF in the BG with a shallow hazy foreground that emphasises this animals eye contact and great detail!! Well done!!

Bonjour George,
Très belle publication remarquable pour sa finesse et sa précision.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao George, great portrait of superb creature, lovely natural ambientation, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

wow, he looks ancient, eye and nose...see the wrinkles..almost shy looking and that ear right towards you. Love the soft foreground

Again a fantastic photo from you George!

Hello George,
Another excellent image. Lovely details and perfect focus.
The clarity, light, exposure and sharpness are superb.
The natural colors of the skin and horns are amazing.
What a exceptional capture of a splendid antelope.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi george,
Very good picture.
Yet, as you are probably aware of, colors vary due to: light, angle, camera, etc.
And above all, yes there is room for improvement in my image!!

Best regards,

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