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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-04-06
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-26 6:42
Viewed: 5989
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
Vital Statistics
Latin Name : Tragelaphus Angasii
Weight (Female) : 55 - 68 kg
Weight (Male) : 92 - 126 kg
Gestation Period : 8 months
No of Young : 1 calf
Birth Weight : 5 kg
Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae
Horns : 64 cm (record - 84 cm)
Breeding : A single young is born anytime during the year (peaks in August - December), gestation period 7 months.
The handsome slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks. Rams appear more charcoal-grey in colour. The rams have long inward curved horns (650 mm) and a white chevroned face. They have a ridge of long hairs along the underparts, from behind the chin to between the hind legs, they also have a mane of thick, black hair from the head along the spine to the rump.

Rams weigh 115 Kg and measures 1.05 m at shoulders. Ewes are much smaller and do not have horns, and weigh 59 Kg and stand 900mm at shoulders. Ewes are chestnut-coated with even more prominent white stripes on the flanks.
This antelope feeds by both grazing and browsing and will readily feed on leaves, fruit and flowers. This variety in their diet is one of the factors ensuring their successful survival.
They breed throughout the year, but mating peaks in autumn and spring. Single calves are born after a gestation period of 220 days.
An interesting fact is that the juvenile males look like females. It is thought that this camouflages the young males and protects them from the jealous eyes of the dominant bulls. The young males are therefore allowed to grow up peacefully under the protection of the herd.
This rather large antelope inhabits dense woodlands and thickets along permanent water. It is very secretive and more easily seen at night. Nyala is non-territorial, but both sexes have overlapping home ranges. The home ranges of ewes are twice the size than that of rams.

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Welcome Japie,
You start with a very good photo,
The composition is good, the colours are also good, and with a perfect note, very good work you did.

An impressive animal and i find your note very useful. I'd be interested to hear more about the photo, where it was taken, the equipment you used etc. Looking forward to more from S.A

Welcome to TN japie, good notes to go with this nice picture, the white back ridge is just burning out so losing detail, which is a shame as the rest is very nice,
You dont make it clear in your good notes if this is pictured in a Park /enclosure or out in the wild i can see its feeding on pelleted food though is it some sort of breeding program type thing?

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-26 13:22]

Nice japie, & Welcome. I decided to stay English on this forum. This ia a nice, clean shot - they are forever hiding in the bush. Feeding on the "berries" to. Getting both black & white correctly exposed is a pain. Overall, this is very good.

Welcome on TN Japie and a great pots too. I like the calm atmosphere and you did a great job here except from the slightly burne white hairs on the back but that is minor thing - it still is a very good picture and worth a big smiley.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-26 15:45]

A great one, Japie.
Nice composition, colors and sharpness.
Back a little surexposed, but not too bad.
Well done.

Very nice. Judging from the size of the horns it looks like a full grown bul. The horns might be longer than the average. I would also like to know more of the venue. Informative note. Thanx for sharing.

Well, looks like in this photo I'm meeting a character I never saw before. Amazing colors and striped patterns on the coat of this antelope, but I find the head particularly beautiful. Except for the minor flaw of the bright whites on the back, I think this is a well-done and endearing capture. And the note is outstanding.

I never seen this animal and you captured him very well! Colors are perfect too. Bravo!

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-07-30 23:46]

Hola Japie: It is a beautiful animal that I had not appreciated before, the beauty of their head, their thin face in it softens the constitution of their body, the shine of their eyes it is beautiful and it seems a sweet animal, I like the bottom, those tree to the bottom is very interesting, also appreciation the contrast in some parts with a lot of coat and others with little hair, the gray color of its skin is beautiful. Cordial greetings. thank you to share this beautiful image with us accompanied by a good note. Happy weekend. *Ninfa Urania*

Interesting animal - the shaggy and masculine upper half seems to clash with the delicate high heeled feet. It looks as if it is not wild though and being fed.
Your note is great, but it would be good to note where this was taken (see the Terms of Service #5

wow, delicate little feet on such a beast. I never saw one before......

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-28 15:02]

A great first performance, Japie. ;-)
Nice composition and point of view.
A beautifull painted Nyala. ;-)

I wish you the most cordial welcome on TN.
In the pleasure to admire your next posts and to read your notes and critics. ;-)
Thank you for sharing.

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