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I photographed this male Gelada Baboon (or Bleeding heart Baboon) at Howletts animal park, in Kent.
Here he is flipping his top lip over his nose in a threat display (basically showing his weapons!), he's also pulling his scalp back to reveal his pale eyelids, sometimes he would do the eyelids but not bare his teeth.

He wasn't distressed during these silent displays (he would even do it while lying on his side) and I used a 500mm + 1.4x lens, so I was a long way away from him.........he's just one testosterone fuelled warrior with no one to fight!

Thanks for looking, cheers! and thanks for comments and votes on my previous pic, it's much appreciated!Smile

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:War Face
Username:SteveMackay SteveMackay
Uploaded:23 Oct 2013 - 5:15 PM
Tags:Captive, Gelada baboon, Male, Pets / captive animals, Threat display
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 5:22 PM

Wow, now that is a serious war face...scary....glad you were far away. Excellent photographyGrin

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 5:26 PM

Full of menace, but not Smile Excellent Steve !!
Ron

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john_starkey
23 Oct 2013 - 5:34 PM

I would not like to tangle with those teeth,superb detail Steve and a really nice image,

John.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 6:37 PM

What an aggressive looking face Steve. Enough to scare any person or other animal. Many congrats on a superb exposure and crop. just perfect.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 6:47 PM

Great behaviour and your comp gives a lovely symmetrical artistic feel.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 6:48 PM

A brilliant moment captured here Steve - looks so fierce. Love it.
Brian.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 7:52 PM

Marvellous...........GrinGrinGrin

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 8:06 PM

Looks like he fancied his chances with you though Steve Wink

Superb use of camera and lens set-up - what a character ... no, him not you Wink

Best - Mike

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Lelah
Lelah e2 Member 1Lelah vcard United Kingdom
24 Oct 2013 - 12:13 AM

This is a great capture, very, very threatening, and so well captured, you are very good.

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2013 - 8:18 AM

A magic image well taken..

Dave

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victorburnside
24 Oct 2013 - 8:25 AM

Wonderful shot.

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 533 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2013 - 10:57 PM

wow this is awesome Steve , once you get past those gnashers the eyes are mesmerising ....superb, love it Smile

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114493 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2013 - 10:50 AM

Fabulous capture, especially like the symmetry to the image......Just an idea I and something that might help with the symmetric appeal, I think I'd give it a square crop and thus remove the red area on the beasts chest, just an idea of course......

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SteveMackay
25 Oct 2013 - 6:21 PM

Thanks all for comments and votes, it's really appreciated!SmileSmileSmile

Thanks so much, Brian, Julia and Dave for your User Awards, cheers!SmileSmileSmile

And a huge thanks to Mark for your Guest Editor Award, cheers Mark!SmileSmileSmile

Last Modified By SteveMackay at 25 Oct 2013 - 6:22 PM

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
27 Oct 2013 - 1:25 AM

Awesome shot Steve! Your portraits are always great.
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mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2013 - 8:31 AM

Super shot,

Dave.

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