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Tsessebe


Tsessebe
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 7:35
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tsessebe's you mostly see them in the north part of the Krugerpark and indeed this time we see them for the first time near Mopani and later on we saw them also on the H 15 the road to the border of Mozambique/
Thanks for looking

Appearance
Bulls have a mass of 140 Kg and measure 1.2 m at the shoulders, and are slightly larger than cows which weigh approximately 120 Kg. Both sexes grow horns, but those on bulls are heavier. When viewed from the front the horns appear typical ‘halfmoon’ shaped. It has a dark face with purple blotches on the shoulders, whereas the withers and upper body are reddish-brown.

Diet
They are grazers which utilise a wide range of grass species. They select the leaf over the stems. They prefer fresh growth, and are attracted to burnt areas.

Breeding
Seasonal breeders, which in South Africa give birth during September / October to single calves, after a gestation period of seven months. The rut takes place during mid-February and continues through to March. During the mating season elaborate displays by the bulls form part of the mating ritual.

Behaviour
Tsessebe are social animals and their basic group structure consists of small breeding groups, each comprising of six to ten cows with their offspring. Bachelor groups and territorial bull herds may sometimes number up to 30 strong. This is especially noticeable near water and favourable gazing. Breeding herds consisting of cows are not restricted to a specific territory. In areas where tsessebe occur in higher densities, bulls establish typical ‘lek’ system territories. Young bulls form bachelor groups at the age of one year as they are pushed out of herds

Where they are found
They belong to the same family as the Wildebeest and the Hartebeest, all of whom are characterised by an ungainly appearance as a result of their shoulders being higher than the withers. Only one of the several subspecies that are recognized, occur in the Subregion. In South Africa the tsessebe are confined to northern savannah woodlands. They are mostly confined to the Kruger National Park and some provincial game reserves. They have also been re-introduced to some private game farms.

Predators
Most large carnivores such as Jackal, Wildebeest, and Warthog.

Vital Statistics
Latin Name : Damaliscus Lunatus
Weight (Female) : 126 kg
Weight (Male) : 140 kg
Length (Female) : 170 cm
Length (Male) : 170 cm
Gestation Period : 10 months
No of Young : 1 calf
Sexual Maturity : 26 - 40 months
Birth Weight : 11 kg
Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae
Running Speed : 60 km/h
Horns : 35 cm (record - 47 cm)v
Breeding : A single young is born from September - November after a gestation period of +/- 8 months.

Description
In patrolling their territories, territorial males maintain a steady gait and defecate at regular intervals. Both sexes mark their territories with the preorbital glands, but the territorial males are more active in doing so. They also rub the sides of their faces on the ground, usually on a termite mound or on a sandy patch, dropping to their knees to do so. Both sexes horn the ground, especially after rain. The animal has well developed interdigital glands on the front feet, and territorial males paw and scrape the ground as a means of territorial marking.

Spoor Description
In patrolling their territories, territorial males maintain a steady gait and defecate at regular intervals. Both sexes mark their territories with the preorbital glands, but the territorial males are more active in doing so. They also rub the sides of their faces on the ground, usually on a termite mound or on a sandy patch, dropping to their knees to do so. Both sexes horn the ground, especially after rain. The animal has well developed interdigital glands on the front feet, and territorial males paw and scrape the ground as a means of territorial marking.

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Hi
Great shot of this weird-looking Tsessebe.
Very sharp with excellent detail.
Great composition.
Brilliant DOF.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-09 8:19]

Hallo Vivian,
Ik ben meer dan 10 keer in Afrika geweest maar heb nog nooit een Tsessebe van zo dichtbij gezien. Prachtige scherpe opname met zeer fijne details. Mooie kleuren al was het zonlicht erg fel. Erg goede compositie en zachte achtergrond.
Groet,
Peter

Hello Vivian
a wonderful portrait of Damaliscus Lunatus taken from "tete à tete" POV with superb sharpness in a splendid composition, bright colours and very good BG.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

hallo Vivian
super kop
zo mooi van scherpte
goede details
hij staat er echt voor
te gekke foto
groetjes lou

Hallo Vivian
You where very lucky to be able to capture one of these Tsessebe's from so close. This is a lovely portrait showing this antelopes prominent facial features with great clarity, especially the long eye lashes. I personally like the white fluff in the ears and the shine on the black nose, which is shown well in your image. Thanks for sharing. Maybe we are lucky this year when we visit the Kruger and encounter more of these buck this time around.
Best regards
Anna

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