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Its on the tip of my tongue


Its on the tip of my tongue
Photo Information
Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-07 5:09
Viewed: 3746
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Impala's really are lovely to see, so gracefull. Everytime, here I mean every day, when I was in the park I greet them good morning or good afternoon so I have been very busy.

Thanks for looking have a good weekend.

Appearance
This is the most common antelope of the bushveld regions of South Africa. A very graceful, rufous-fawn antelope, with white underparts, measuring approximately 900mm at the shoulders. Rams weigh around 60 Kg and ewes 40 Kg. A black stripe extends from the top of the rump down the back of each thigh. The lower hind legs have glands beneath tufts of black hair. Only the rams have horns which are lyre-shaped, and reach a length of 700mm.

Diet
The Impala is a mixed feeder. It browses on shrubbery and grazes grass on gently undulating or flat terrain. Acacia pods and fruits are taken when available.

Breeding
Following a gestation period of 194-200 days single calves are born during early summer. An ewe is sexually mature at two years of age. Young rams can breed as yearlings, but are prevented to do so by territorial rams, which dominate reproductive opportunities.

Behaviour
Herds seldom wander more than eight km from permanent water supply. Renowned for their spectacular leaps over shrubs and bushes, when alarmed. Rutting occurs during early winter months. Young rams live in bachelor herds, and those strong enough to be successful in establishing territories, become solitary within their respective domains during the rut. Females live in breeding herds.

Habitat
Its preferred habitat is woodland savannahs of the northern and eastern districts of South Africa, and in countries beyond.
Predators
The Impala is preyed upon by most of the large carnivores and the young often fall prey to Pythons. The Impala are therefore on constant alert. Should one of them spot danger, it will snort an alarm and the whole herd will scatter. It is one of the treats offered by nature to see this antelope perform their incredible 3 metre high and 12 metre long leaps.

Latin name
Aepyeros melampus

Vital Statistics
Latin Name : Aepyceros Melampus
Weight (Female) : 40 kg
Weight (Male) : 50 kg
Gestation Period : 6,5 months
No of Young : 1 lamb
Sexual Maturity : 13 months
Birth Weight : 5 kg
Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae
Horns : 55 cm
Breeding : A single young is born from September - January after a gestation period of about 6 months.

Spoor Description
Hooves are sharp, neat and pointed and 4 - 6 cm long.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-07 6:39]

Hi Vivian.
You have pictured a true beauty and I like framing of the animal so much. You managed to reflect all features of the impala. We can see every hair on it and I do not speak about nice toque :). I like natural impressive lighting and colours and especially razor sharp details. My kind regards and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-07 9:00]

Hallo Vivian,
Mooi portret van deze Impala. Uitstekende scherpte, een goede timing en natuurlijke kleuren. De gespitste oortjes hebben een leuk effect in combinatie met die uitgestoken tong.
Groet,
Peter

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-07 9:40]

Hi Vivian . As you say such a gentle looking animal with the large eyes. You have taken this with a fine pose with its tongue out. Good detail and natural colours in the fur. It stands out well from the BG. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Nick..

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