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Nature's Armoured Tank

Nature's Armoured Tank
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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/97 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger National Park, June 04
Date Submitted: 2004-11-05 5:24
Viewed: 4111
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seven days in the Kruger Park, and no Rhino. Then, 2km before the gate, we cam upon this one. Posing, turning, giving us everything we want. This is the greatness of African Wildlife.

The white rhino is the third largest land mammal. Massive, stocky, and with a reputation of being not quite as aggressive as the black rhino. The two distinctive horns are in fact very densely packed fibers, and materially not really horns. The record horn length is 1.58 m. Bulls, weighing up to 2 000 kg, are larger than cows which weigh up to 1 800 kg.

Bulls are 1.8 m at the shoulders. The grey skin is almost hairless. They have a square-shaped, wide mouth. White rhino's have a hump on the neck. The penis points backwards and testes are located abdominally.
Strictly a grazer. Favoring short grass, but will feed on taller grass when short grass is not available. The wide mouth enables adequate intake with each plug harvested with the upper and lower lips.
Even though most conceptions take place during the wet season, this huge mammal is not a strict seasonal breeder. Calves are born early in the dry season after a gestation period of 16 months, and stays with their mothers for a period of two to three years, until she gives birth to her next calve. Cows starts breeding at about eight years and bulls reach sexual maturity at 10-12 years. During mating, sexual activity can last more than an hour.
In spite of their bulk and short stubby legs, white rhino can run remarkably fast, but only for very short distances. Dominant territorial bulls occupy mutually exclusive areas of two to five square kilometers, but one or more subordinate bulls may share the territory. Female ranges may overlap those of several bull territories. A territorial bull will attempt to confine a receptive cow to his territory, and will join her for five to ten days prior to mating.
Where they are found
Formerly widely distributed throughout the bush veld regions of South Africa. In the 19th century it was exterminated by hunters, except in KwaZulu-Natal’s Umfolozi region. Although now thriving where it has been re-introduced into parts of its former region, it still suffers from poaching.

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I like the composition. These big ones are always difficult to fit in the frame. The focus is very soft. Is that ticks on the side?

Riaan, A nice capture, pity you never got his whole head without the grass. Nevertheless, a good speciman.
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Riaan, I like the title chosen, very fitting! Great write-up on this Rhino also.. I think a faster shutter-speed might've helped on this as your subject is in motion?? I don't remember now. Does that S5000 have shutter priority?? Thanx for posting.

Hi Riaan, good shot, nice compo, good colours, but as gerhardt said, soft focus, not that sharp.but maybe it has something to do with he big horn lol :o)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-05 9:35]

If I had had this Nature's Armoured Tank in front of me, I would had focus' problem too!
A great shot and an excellent note. TFS.

Very good Riaan.
Nice composition and good colours.
It's soft but Luc nailed it perfect.;-).
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-05 14:15]

I can't add anymore than Luc said! Good and daring work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-05 14:38]

Buena captura Riaan de este animal nada fácil de retratar a corta distancia.
Buena perspectiva y encuadre, aunque coincido con otras críticas sobre el problema con el foco... y al pregunta de marhowie era atinada... un tiempo más corto hubiera permitido un foco más preciso seguramente.

Good capture Riaan of this animal complicated to portray to short distance.
Good perspective and frame, although I agree with other critics on the problem with the focus... and to the marhowie question a shorter time was accurate... had allowed a more precise focus surely.

Yes nice capture of this powerful beast. A little contrast boast would work wonders here. Excellent note.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-11-05 17:57]

Immagine di grandissimo effetto, ottima tecnica, hai il merito di dare emozioni, visto il grande realismo delle tue realizzazioni! Complimenti!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-05 23:08]

I find rhinos to be very difficult to capture. One struggles to get good sharpness from them and then they are grey and seldom fit their lips above the grass. You pulled this one off quite well, and I like the composition.

Thanks for posting

Hi Riaan
The black Rhino is aometimes calle 3 tinnes of bad temper, luckily, these guys are more docile. Nice capture right =on. However, the f-stop, as discussed, is too "big", you nead f11 about in this case.

Just marvellous.What a magnificent creature.I only wish I could see such a wonderful animal.Keep up the good work.

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