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Toilet seat buck

Toilet seat buck
Photo Information
Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Horns; big, long or otherwise, Mammals of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 8:05
Viewed: 7375
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is an antelope found in Western, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Waterbuck stand 100 to 130 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh from 160 to 240 kilograms. They are also very heavy. Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they also have a white 'bib' under their throats and a white ring on their rumps surrounding their tails. The long spiral structured horns sweep back and up, they are found only in males.

Waterbuck are found in scrub and savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite their name it seems that Waterbuck do not like to enter the water. Waterbuck are diurnal. Females gather in herds of between two and six hundred individuals. Males keep territories of around three hundred acres (1.2 kmē) during their prime. They usually lose their territories before the age of ten.

A waterbucks flesh apparently has an unpleasant taste. Lions will not kill them unless their hunger is such that they become less choosy.

KNP game rangers have nicknamed it the "toilet seat buck" because of the white ring on the rump having a toilet seat shape and also its placement.

Photo was taken at a waterhole between Orphen and Satara in the KNP, South Africa.

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Nice clear capture of this animal, but it does seem just a tad overexposed. He still is a beautiful animal and your focus is great on him, love the eye lashes, thank you for sharing it

Hello Willem,
This is a nice portrait of this animal that has a very strange nickname :) I like those details you caught, lightning, POV and composition. This blurred BG is very nice too and this is a great eye contact. Thanks,
PS, usefull notes:)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-14 10:32]

Hello Willem,
Very nice close-up of this beautiful animal. Great focus and very sharp details. Excellent POV and beautiful colours. Interesting fitting background too.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Willem,
Thanks for sharing this great image; nice composition and great sharpness.

Willem, How much did you pay this guy to pose so wonderfully for you? I have seen lots of waterbucks but not one of them stood for me like this. Thanks for sharing and greetings to the RSA.

Willem, I am sure this Waterbok would take umbrage at its rump being compared to a toilet seat.

I thought the reference was to the horns! Their shape is in that perfect curvature! Mind you the tips would be to sharp for comfortable dangling of the legs... Certainly for a smaller person, not? So much for the "nick".

Photo itself is gorgeous, great sharpness and detail in the hairs, be it the fur or the eyelashes! Marvelous eyecontact and expression... Bravo. Off to the Horny bunch!

Congrats on passing the half-mille! ;j.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-15 2:06]

Hello Willem,
This amazing portrait is a pleasure for my eyes. You caught very well this magnificent animal !
The "+++" : subject, point of view, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, light in fur, complementary note...
The "-" : perhaps more space on the right...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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