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Dry Plains Drifters

Dry Plains Drifters
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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage 5
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-18 7:59
Viewed: 4570
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Springbok (antidorcas marsupialis), the national emblem of South African rugby and most other sports. They used to roam the plains of Souhern Africa in their millions in the early 1800's but farming and civilisation have limited them to game farms (mainly for hunting) and game parks. The Kalahari Springbok is larger than his Karoo (South Africa) counterpart with a mass (males) of over 40Kg (vs. 25KG). Prefer open grassland and semi-desert. When alarmed they masy leap into the air up to 2 m - this is called "pronk" in Afrikaans, but I think the English as trying for something like "stotting", however they also use "pronking". I mention this because is one of the most beautiful sights in nature to see a springbok run and "pronk".
This was taken in Nxai Pan national Park in Botswana at the end of the dry season. This congregation was nibbling at the dry shrubs and grass near the only waterhole, waiting patiently for a pride of twelve lions to move on. The lions tend to guard waterholes in the dry season and this particular pride would not move for a full day. The buck had ti scamper in, have a quick drink and flee for its lifebefore one of the female lions could get to it. The lions looked fully fed, but were just being nasty, I think. The springbok would stay just outside of their reach, which is about 80 m I guess. I tried to capture the environment and the mood rather than portray a springbok. Hope some of you like it.

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Ai shame, hierdie springbokkies lyk maar maar en honger. Min biltong volgende jaar.
What I like is the impressive size of some of the horns. Very nice shot Nico. I like it.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-19 0:39]
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Ho Nico
Ahh! My heart just goes out to be there. I don't think anyone can really appreciate the vastness of this place, unless you have been there and shared the sun and sand on your skin and clothes.This is a lovely, in the enminonment, picture of these small bucks. TFS. it took me far away again!

I like this, a very nice composition. Usually you just see pics of one or two springbrok pronking. Here we have a whole landscape full of them. I think it illustrates well the vastness of the African savanah.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-23 1:25]

Great shot Nico. This is a very good capture and like Callie my heart is now out there somewhere. The composition is good and I think you have achieved what you set out to do.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-10 14:50]

Personal assessment of the photo: great
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: perfect
Nico, this park seems to contain of haughtiness and numerous specimens. Ah! That I would like I could enjoy the presence of such a park near to me!

Hello Nico,
This image is extraordinary, looks like you´re a springbok member (animals no rugbiers)because they are very close to you and maybe ignores to you.
good perspective and colours.

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