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Hluhluwe Zebra

Hluhluwe Zebra
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-02
Categories: Mammals, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 400, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Mammals of Southern Africa, The pictures more views, Animal Portraits II, Funny Faces, Mammals of Africa, !Loodzwaar, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 1, A study in Mammalogy (mammals) 1, 80-89 Points I, So Funny, I had to laugh., !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I, Open Up ...Part I, Laughing Zebras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-25 14:41
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plains ZebraEquus burchellii

After the warm response to my first posting I am almost scared to post the next one. I hope you like this one as well.

Introducing you to one of the Hluhluwe Park resident clowns. This time the joke was on me. I told him "mine" is bigger than his, this was his response. Maybe some day later I will share the follow-up photo… That was after I showed him "mine" he was really crying his heart out.

No, jokes aside. There were two stallions and one urinated. This one smelled/tasted the urine, and the photo shows his response - "Yeaaargh". I am not sure what that means in Zebra lingo though.

It was late afternoon on an overcast day hence the absence of shades.


The most widespread and abundant of Africa's wild horses, showing considerable variation in patterning. Animals in southern Africa are generally characterized by having shadow stripes overlaid on the white stripes. The shadow stripes are most pronounced towards the rump. The mane is long, erect and alternately black and white, coinciding with the neck stripes. The tail is short-haired towards the base, but then long haired.

Occur widely in eastern and southern Africa, with the largest concentrations, exceeding half a million, being centred on Kenya and northern Tanzania, while game reserves and private farms in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe also hold substantial numbers.

Current population of all races combined is in the vicinity of 700 000, but numbers are in decline in at least seven range countries. They are hunted for their meat and the attractive skins.

Mainly open woodland and grassland savanna, from the coastal plain up to altitudes of 4 000m.

Run in small family herds, consisting of an adult stallion, mares and their accompanying young, usually four to six animals. Although much larger herds are frequently seen, these only stay together for short periods and the family unit retain their integrity. Males will fight viciously to retain, or gain, tenure over mares. Stallions without breeding units join together in bachelor herds, or run alone. They frequently mix with other herding species, such as Blue Wildebeest, topi and gazelles. Their barking ‘kwa-ha-ha’ is one of the distinctive calls of the African savannas. They are heavily preyed upon by lions, spotted hyenas and wild dogs wherever their ranges coincide. Access to water is an essential requirement and they usually drink every day.

Grazers, but do browse on occasion.

A single foal weighing between 30 and 35 kg dropped after a gestation period of about 375 days. Foaling normally coincide with the rainy season when there is an abundance of grass.

Source: "Field guide to the larger Mammals of Africa" by Chris & Tilde Stuart, Struik Publishers.

Camera settings
ISO setting – 400
Aperture – f/5.6
Shutter speed – 1/200
Focal length - 170mm

Post Processing was done with ArcSoft Photo Studio 5.5

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-01-25 15:10]

Smile of the year. Fantastic shot, good quality and teriric moment. ;-))

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-01-25 15:29]

Beautiful capture, got to love this smile. Great colors und sharpness.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-01-25 16:29]

Hello Loot,
funny smile, good contrast and sharpness,
best wishes,

Hi Loot
Love the look of the zebra. Look like is telling off somebody,
Very clear and sharp, good POV and great colors.
Thank You and Regards
Good note

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  • riosik (12)
  • [2006-01-25 16:59]

Amazing, i can nearly hear this Yeaaargh! Very useful note. Thanks, Jose.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-01-25 17:23]

Hi Loot, nice pose. Technical well done. Congratulations Reina

What an entertaining, interesting shot. Scores on all levels: Composition, subject, exposure, focus and note! A+

Very nice shot on this sharp image with great contrasting colours.
Thanks for posting!


Excellent pose. Very good detail and colour. The composition is great but the moment is AWESOME.

Well capture and thanx for sharing

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  • ErEs2 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 15] (582)
  • [2006-01-26 7:25]

nice moment, funny photo

What an expression! It's like Eddie Murphy show. Excellent sharpness and colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-28 16:52]

What a great expression on the zebra, Loot. The details and POV are excellent. A very interesting and engaging capture. TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-28 18:17]

What a laugh, he certainly knows how to put you down!! Good one Loot, I love it. Excellent composition too, colours and details are all sharp and clear. Good job, thank you,

Great capture, Loot!

I would bet that very few who see this, can keep the smile off their faces...

Great timing of this wonderful moment, and excellent note.

Thank you for sharing it with us!

Hi Loot,
a very telling, lively and well composed picture. And a note with a lot of information - and very amusing, too.
Good luck for a lot of shots like that to follow. Thank you :))!

Hi Loot, nice to meet you.
You got this one just in time. It has a very nice teeth, looks as it has been to the detist recently :)
Nice composition with great colour and details.
Excellent note too.
Thanks very much for sharing and my late welcome to TN.

Wonderful portrait and a really humorous expression. It is interesting that zebras make the same faces as the more common donkeys. Perfect focus and almost a 3D effect. Poor zebra mothers, a gestation period of 375 days! And I thought 40 weeks was bad, LOL!


Hi Loot

This Zebra is a real laugh. Good timing on your part. Looks like an audition for a toothpaste advert showing off hie 'pearly whites'. Well done. Thanks.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-02-08 6:04]

Really funny expression but cute.Liked the composition details are nice.

Funny shot! You capture a particular moment!
Nice shot
Bye Tom

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-02-13 16:06]

this is the zebra to end all zebra's...like francis the mule...
great character shot and well canon seen..
i think i may have stayed at the lodge there...is it near the big beach..

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-14 12:24]

Une très belle vue tant dans sa composition que ses couleurs et sa netteté. Félicitations.

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-02-17 20:29]
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WOOW I see all your photos and everyone are great in South Africa the fauna its awesome and this Zebra looks great like Marty of madagascar!! Exc job! keep with those perfect photos!

This is way funny Loot! As soon as I saw this guy I started laughing! Excellent DOF and in the monent! Great notes!


Humouristic shot, Loot, where life imitates animation! The image is also well composed with good sharpness and contrast. The DOF was perfect to blur the background just enough to make the subject stand out while retaining a pleasant natural look of the natural habitat.

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  • Lausy (94)
  • [2006-02-26 11:40]

This sure is a comical zebra......crystal clear details and great composition......I envy you because you live where there's so much wildlife to snap.......Steve

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  • xuaxo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 16] (110)
  • [2006-03-03 21:56]

Hi Loot,
By your thumbnails gallery I see that you have a lot of wonderful pictures, especially the animals heads. I have no time for many comments today, therefore I choose this funny zebra to write this note.
Beautiful portrait of a zebra!

hi Loot,
very nice and funny pic! Composition is very good, perfect moment, BG is the appropiate for the zebra colours.
Excelent job.

PD: I write a reply of your critique.

When I saw this photo, I was thinking about the advert on the TV.. Long time ago.about the Mobil Petrol Stations.
It can also work for Colgate.
Well done!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-27 3:22]

Nice timing, Loot! Nice POV and beautiful colours and sharp details! What a big smile!!!

Hi Loot,
What a pose, and be glad that he didn't ran away when you showed him yours. :-)
I can see that your gained your knowledge of PP work in a later stage as well. The colors and DOF are great, but comparing with the last few positings, this one needs some sharpness. Overall, an excellent photo.

:-) tomorrow

Hi Loot, I find your notes really interesting.

A great shot, being able to catch this young Zebra smelling the air. I think the colours of the Zebra are great, same with the background.

The Zebra looks fairly young, his teeth are so white and straight. If Zebras are like horses, as they age their front teeth start to push outward and get quite discoloured.
TFS Janice :)

Hi Loot
I choose one of your earlier ones, as I love laughing donlies, I was not yet lucky to nail one. Have a look at Japie's portfolio, he has the class-clown, similar to yours. I still hear a tractor starting ehen I see that picture!
I have done a WS for you, have a look.
Lekker naweek

Very distinct capture, Loot. You are a great animal portraitist!

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2006-12-29 14:59]

Hello Loot
Me again. Seems like I got stuck in your portfolio. This guy is a sight for sore eyes. What a joker. Lovely photo that captured a very laughable moment. You seem to be lucky to be at the right place at the right moment.


I can't believe I didn't already compliment U on this one! Hierdie streepiesman het nie tand borstel nie! Apart from that he seems to have a strange way of sniffing out a rival! What is this about die tand die Loot het? Bigger? I hope better kept! ;)

Lekker naweek man, Jaapkop

PS As expected, excellent Notes; properly creditted. Struik Publishers will be happy ;)


for me this is the best zebra on the site...
let me explain. all the others are very static - yours is so dynamic.
i came to this site because i have a small company of one person (myself!) and called it 'The Big Black & White Zebra'! i have a design consultancy.
i designed a letterhead with your 'laughing zebra' for myself... however, i don't want to use it if you have any objections.
can you let me know? you can send me a mail on [email protected]



I am sure that one of these days I am going to beat this guy with smiles.
That will be when you are back, and up and going.
This photo deserve's a trophy. Congratulations!

Cool capture Loot,
I can't add anything that has not been already stated..
Suffice to say it's one of those special photos that "speaks" to the heart.
Humor is the best medicine :)

Hello Loot

'n Prettige foto met hierdie heel interessante gedrag van die kwagga. Jou waarnemings is kostelik en ek wonder wanneer sien ons die opvolg foto wat jy belowe het? Nog 'n skat tussen al jou ander juwele vanuit ons natuurlike bronne.


Hi Loot - What a smile :-)
Baie mooi foto Loot. Ek het nou die dag op Animal Planet fotos gesien waar hulle besig was om 'n tier se hare te skeer. Het jy geweet die vel het oop strepe soos die hare? Wonder is dit dieselfde is met Zebras?

Hallo Loot
This is a great portrait and I am sure it will provide you with a lot of memories in future. The composition is great and the exposure is spot-on. Photographically this is done well and you had the perfect model for this excellent shot. This guy had to proof that he is camera-friendly, and did exceptionally well. The expression on the zebra’s face is just to die for and there are not many of this comical but same time good quality images around. A brilliant capture with good eye and teeth contact. Thanks for sharing and a big smile back!

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