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Reticulated giraffe

Reticulated giraffe
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-11-21 10:32
Viewed: 2128
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giraffe were thought be a single species . Later studies found that there are four species, and five subspecies.

The one you see here is reticulated giraffe which is native to north-eastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and Somalia. Its distinctive coat pattern consists of sharp-edged, reddish brown polygonal patches divided by a network of thin white lines. An estimated 8,660 individuals remain in the wild.

Darwin proposed that the giraffe evolved its long neck o reach the tops of the trees, where the best leaves reside Alternative theory has been proposed that mating rituals and sexual selection have ck. something to do with long neck.

Giraffes often find mates through a technique known as “necking”. The males stand next to each other and swing their necks wildly at the other. Whichever giraffe uses his neck and head most effectively and remains standing the longest is declared the winner and is allowed to mate with the female. It is that giraffes with the longest and strongest necks would be the most likely to win the "necking" contest.

I found this lonely giraffe in Lake Nakuru, Kenya with long neck and coat patterns amidst beautiful Savannah.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-21 12:58]
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Hello Bala,
Nice photo of this Giraffe. Nice natural colors in fine sharpness. The Giraffe is a bit too much centered. More space in front and less on the backside will be better.

Did not have any idea about sub species of Giraffe, Bala. Your note explains the differences very clearly.
A great image from your archives. Natural and pleasing colours. The background gives a fair impression of its habitat.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2016-11-22 16:47]

Bonjour Bala,

Nice giraffe picture. I wish I can go Africa one day for a photo-safari. Nice work and TFS.


Hello Bala,
Beautiful POV of this Giraffe. Well captured. Nice colour exposure too. Just bit space in front would have been more attractive.
Let me try if I could push this big animal bit. But best to add give space before clicking.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful species,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-23 9:01]

Hi Bala,very nice capture of the big giraffe,it seems a bit sad and bored in this funny position...ehehe..the quality is absolutely fantastic,the best sharpness and bright colors,and the scenery in background too is wonderful! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Bala,
Unlike Peter did, I like the composition as the neck forms a pleasant semi-diagonal line, however, Sri's WS with increased contrast and the off-centered giraffe is very spectacular, too. Great image, with an interesting note as I guess a lot of us didn't know the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis s. l.) was divided into 4 species. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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