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Mother and Child

Mother and Child
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 4, Family Matters 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-08 3:53
Viewed: 3610
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the San Francisco Zoo.

Greater Kudu
Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Physical Characteristics:
Greater kudu are one of the tallest and most striking antelopes. Males can weigh up to 700 pounds and are adorned with spectacular long, spiraling horns and a beard. Females are noticeably smaller and will only occasionally have small horns. They have a reddish-brown coat (grayer in adult males,) 6-10 white stripes on the flanks, a white marking between the eyes, white cheek spots and a mane that runs from the neck down the entire back. When fleeing, kudu raise their tails and roll them forward so the white underside of the tail becomes visible. Their large, sensitive ears and camouflage coloring help protect them from predators. If alarmed, they stand still and are difficult to spot. They are powerful swimmers and possess a keen sense of hearing.

Social Behavior:
Greater kudus have a wide repertoire of vocalizations, including barks, grunts, hooting bleats and a strangulated whimper. Males whine, gasp, chuck, grunt and hum.
Males drive females and draw alongside, perform neck pressing. Mating is annual in South Africa, calving in February and March when grasses are high near the equator. Mating peaks as rain ends and calving peaks during the rainy season.

Herds have home ranges of 1.5 to 4.5 miles but will roam more widely during the dry season if food is scarce. Females form egalitarian herds of 1 to 3 adults and their young. Female kudu hide their single newborns away from the herd for roughly 4 weeks, visiting it only to nurse. The calf begins to accompany its mother for short periods and after about 4 months they permanently rejoin the herd. Young males remain with their motherís herd until about 2 years of age.

Males live in bachelor herds of 2 to 10 individuals. Males and females only interact during mating season. The male hierarchy is determined by age and size. Rarely aggressive in the wild, kudu only fight with opponents of the same size and age. During such sparring contests, males slowly approach each other, lock horns, and push back and forth until one surrenders, rarely causing serious injury (though remains have been found where two combatants had locked horns and were unable to separate!) Dominance is usually established quickly and peacefully by a display in which one male stands sideways in front of the other, making himself look as large as possible until the other is impressed.


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A good post, although I do feel it looks a little worked on for the background - am I right. Not that it detracts from the subject though!
Good POV and tfs. Tim

Great capture of this rather tender moment ManYee. The youngster here is very cute. Well done & TFS!

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-02-08 10:20]

Hello manyee very beautiful excellent work thanks regards Stavros

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-08 12:03]

Manyee, this is cute and very nice.

I like composition, lighting and pov.


Hi Manyee,
I'm still very busy, so have no time for a longer visit to TN.
Very good capture, and as always good details, colours, sharpness and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Cute shot, nice detail and good exposure.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-08 20:43]

Manyee.- Otra muy buena foto, El amor siempre esta presente en todos los seres de la ceacion como en esta bella foto. Tus comentarios dejan mucho que podamos aprender saludos Luis52

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-09 2:11]

What a nice and cute shot Manyee. This is just lovely. I would have liked to see this scene full frame or more zoomed in on the child. That's my only nit though. Well done & TFS!


Hello Manyee, this is a lovely picture. I like it very much. Excellent composition, colours, sharpness and POV. As always, a great note too. Great work, very well done. Thank you.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-15 21:52]

Hi Manyee
Chain reaction! Thank heavens we've got Kleenex.
Good capture of this interaction between the mother & child. POV, DOF, exposure and colour were well handled. Just a slight pity for the close crop on the left.
Well done and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-20 10:12]

Excellent work on that beautiful composition. Thanks,


It's a nice moment you've captured
Photo is nice and sharp, colours and contrast are good.
The crop on the left is too tight, though, and it looks like you've erased something on the right.

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