Am I Sexy or What...?
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The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a wild member of the pig family that lives in Africa. They are the only widely recognised species in their genus, though some authors divide them into two species. On that classification, P. africanus is the Common (or Northern) Warthog and P. aethiopicus is the Desert Warthog, also known as the Cape Warthog or Somali Warthog. The name comes from the four large warts found on the head of the warthog, which serve the purpose of defense when males fight.
Warthogs are identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from their mouth, which are used as weapons against predators. They range in size from 0.9 to 1.5 metres (2.9-4.9 feet) in length and 50 to 150 kg (110-330 pounds) in weight.
Although warthogs are commonly seen in (and associated with) open grasslands, they will also seek shelter and forage in denser vegetation. In fact, warthogs prefer to forage in dense, moist areas when available. They eat grass, berries, bark, roots, and carrion, as well as insects and grubs. Areas with many bulbs, rhizomes and nutritious roots can support large numbers of warthogs. Warthogs are powerful diggers, using both heads and feet. Although they can dig their own burrows, they commonly occupy abandoned aardvark burrows. The warthog commonly enters burrows "back-end first", with the head always facing the opening and ready to burst out as needed.
Warthogs are very fast runners and quite capable jumpers. They will often run with their tail in the air. Despite poor eyesight, warthogs have a good sense of smell, which they use for locating food, detecting predators and recognizing other animals.
Although capable of fighting, and males will aggressively fight each other during mating season, their main defense is to flee by means of fast sprinting. The main warthog predators are humans, lions, leopards and hyenas. Cheetahs are also capable of taking small warthogs.
This dude was sitting in a mud hole as I approached but obligingly stepped out to pose........David
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Now - that's a good looking fellow.
I like the posture very much - he is really standing pround and ready for a shot.
My only comment is that shadows and the Warthog's skin seem a bit bluewish - maybe WB ?
Cheers and TFS - Shir
- [2006-10-27 12:43]
Wonderful capture.Details,POV,3D effect,sharpness and composition are excellent.Maybe framing is a little tight:)Nevertheless great work!
- [2006-10-27 19:39]
:) Nice title David.
Good shot. Good colours, light and POV.
Well done David
Thanks for looking at my recent picture and leaving your kind comments.
This is a wonderful picture of a warthog you took nearly ten years ago with your good old 35mm. I too have quite a few pictures in the same class but hesitate to post here for obvious reasons; some people looking at your picture don't even glance at your note!
Thanks for sharing this picture which has a flavour of a bygone era imprinted on it.
Bye and take care.
I believe this is a mean warthog with slender body, imposing tusks, and strong muscles. POV, DOF, exposure are great. Regards,
Hi David, I think that this Phacochoerus africanus is no sexy, but it is a very good photo, with good colors, light and composition.