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Impala (Aepyceros melampus) portrait


Impala (Aepyceros melampus) portrait
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Pentax F 100-300
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photographers *own* Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-27 14:12
Viewed: 9587
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here we see the graceful impala (Aepyceros melampus) which is often passed by on safari drives since it is fairly common and not one of the "big five"; however, I find them enjoyable to watch at close range. This one was in a bachleor heard of three. The young males roam together until they are ready to up to the challenge to become the dominant male so they will have a whole heard of females. Other males are allowed to be a part of the heard as long as they stay away from the girls.

Since these animals are so common, they tend to be eaten by the big cats in Africa.

The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary was Swaziland's first nature reserve and today offers great walking and horseback riding in the park which has few preditors (the only dangers are some crocodiles and snakes). Walking puts you back on the level of nature, as an equal to the animals - it gives you a chance to get close and notice the smaller and shyer creatures (the insects in the flowers, for example).

For another view of this impala, see my other image on TE.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-27 14:32]

Hi dan,

A nice portrait of the impala,I like the composition with the straws in front,sharp and detailed picture

well done

Paul

Hi Dan,
beautiful portrait, soft colours are nice, looks like an old national geographic image, by it texture.
Good work
hernán

Hi Dan,

This a beautiful face on shot of an impala. I think with just a touch of increased contrast it would be magnificent.

TFS

wow....well done...nice shot...........well centered....and nice colours...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-12 22:12]

Hi Dan

Nice portrait of this impala.Very nice POV and DOF.Excellent natural surroundings.Lovely colours.TFS

Rob

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