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Good morning...
Thank you for the wonderful support on my elephant yesterday and a huge thank you to Nathan and Myra for their UA's. I am always so grateful to be awarded for my wildlife images.
Today's image is an African Buffalo at the water hole, part of the BIG 5 (The Big 5 is the five most dangerous animals to man especially when hunting them) He looked extremely unhappy. Buffalo kill about 200 people in Africa every year. A male buffalo can reach a shoulder height of between 1 and 1.7 metres. They can weigh up to 700kg. Their horns are unique in that they grow right across the front of their head. It is referred to as a "boss". It is very hard and a lot of times a hunters bullet will not penetrate making them extremely dangerous when hurt. A male's horns can grow as wide as 1 metre in width.
The buffalo discard their old males after about 12 to 14 years as they are no longer of any use to them....yes guys its tough being a male buffaloGrin...they normally form small groups or hang out alone. They do become extremely grumpy. Their hair also becomes very thin, a bit like balding. You can see the flies around him and how thin his hair is. To stop sunburn flies and ticks worrying them they lie in mud pools and cover themselves in thick mud....... Our rangers are very respectful of these old buffalo known as dugga boys.
The females always keep the young between them for protection. Their main predator is lion. Very few lions will take on a buffalo on its own to kill, but their are lion groups that specialize in it. Females are known to have killed lion that try to kill their young.
Its Halfway through the week....have a nice dayGrin

V2 is just to show you what they look like covered in mud, an old image taken last year with my Nikon Coolpix

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Aug 2013 - 3:37 PM
Focal Length:185mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
ISO:110
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Don't point that camera at me!!
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:4 Sep 2013 - 5:08 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
4 Sep 2013 - 5:16 AM

Good morning Colleen !! Looks like we are in for a lovely day Smile Earlier this year a man was killed by a Buffalo while hiking through a game reserve near us !! These are lovely images - classy !! Have a great day !

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 5:19 AM

Outstanding images v1 is better and bold.

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
4 Sep 2013 - 5:41 AM

Two great captures of these lovely creatures. My choice is V1 for good composition and detail.
Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 5:43 AM

What a wonderful expression you have captured on his face in V.1, Colleen, two more super wildlife images. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6100 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 6:36 AM

Bald, grumpy and shunned...sounds like me. Grin

Anyway, 2 great shots Colleen, the first is super.

Andy

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1746 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 6:39 AM

Two great images, V1 is particularly good as a well composed portrait of this Buffalo, you can also clearly see the cloud of insects following it.
Nigel

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
4 Sep 2013 - 6:46 AM

I was always told in Mozambique that the buffalo was the animal most feared. No wonder, just look at the size of him and that grumpy (very grumpy) expression.

Harriet

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 6:50 AM

They are renowned for their temper although we don't get many in the Welsh mountains.
I think you've captured the subject just about perfectly to see the beast's mood, Colleen.

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
4 Sep 2013 - 7:11 AM

2 super wildlife images Colleen,
Fred.

Caziwinkles
4 Sep 2013 - 7:16 AM

He does look rather grumpy Colleen - and definitely needs a wash! Smile

Carol

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:18 AM

Oh dear he doesn't look to happy with you,Sad his expression say's it all. Super shot's.SmileSmile

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:21 AM

He does look rather grumpy, and he certainly looks like a chap not to be messed with. However you have managed to capture two great photographs, I particularly like the long shot Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2185 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

These are another set of Brilliant images Collen that I knew from the Gallery they were yoursSmile
NettaSmile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:43 AM

Not one to mess with!! GrinGrinGrin

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:45 AM

Two excellent images and a very interesting write up, Colleen!
This one does not look friendly, at all!!

Richard

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:46 AM

Some animal that
Thank goodness they don't stroll around the streets of Leeds Wink

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
4 Sep 2013 - 7:57 AM

2 excellent shots Colleen. They certainly do look like grumpy old men. Interesting narrative. Moira

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 8:02 AM

2 excellent images again Colleen, he certainly has the umbridge, great write upSmile


Cliff

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
4 Sep 2013 - 8:17 AM

Two great captures Colleen. You are right, they are so different. Greece buffalos are darker than the african and also they aren't so clean as you said. Some of them are too dirtyGrinGrinGrin, like yours in V2Smile
Effrossini

Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 8:23 AM

Two fine shots. V1 for me,
Alan

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 8:44 AM

Wonderfully recorded their behavior.

JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
4 Sep 2013 - 8:55 AM

A fine portrait of this buffalo in V1.
JNC

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41053 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 9:49 AM

What an old grouch! Wonderful detail and good to see the mud coverage in v2 as well, Colleen.

Dave

pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
4 Sep 2013 - 10:02 AM

A stunning image Smile and thanks for the info.

digital_boi
4 Sep 2013 - 10:07 AM

By the look of the expression in V1 Colleen he is in pensive mood and best not to go too close mefinks great capture V1 my winner today

Graham

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 10:29 AM

Another great wildlife lesson Colleen - two amazing images with V1
being a real winner - the water b/g is just perfect.
KateGrinGrinGrin

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 12:47 PM

It does seem popular with all these flies around it Colleen !!
Good shots.
Mick.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 12:58 PM

Yes Mick, he smelt quite ripe after lying in his and others faecesBlush

AlexAppleby
4 Sep 2013 - 1:18 PM

Great shots and an interesting write up. V1 for me.

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 - 2:31 PM

Wonderful captures Collen and very interesting info.

Jenny Smile

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 2:52 PM

Interesting information to go with the fine images Colleen. V1 is well composed and well presented as is the norm from your goodself!! Nice work!!

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 3:52 PM

Well, after reading that write-up, don't think I want to be reincarnated as one of these creatures!! Two super captures, Colleen, with V1 being my fave...he certainly does look rather miserable though and could have made the effort to smile for you! Wink
Trev Smile

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 3:54 PM

V1 for me today Colleen and enjoyed the write up accompanying the images GrinGrin

Kathryn

anglingandyq
4 Sep 2013 - 4:28 PM

He looks a happy chappy well captured Colleen

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 5:30 PM

Two lovely shots
Ju

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 5:32 PM

Such a big chappie Colleen, like them both
You have two lovely images, but really like the muddy boy ther
Lillian

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 5:36 PM

Wow, what a splendid looking fella! I love V1, excellent images!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 6:06 PM

An excellent wildlife image, with a fully informative narrative to accompany it

Adrian

capto
capto e2 Member 21150 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 6:26 PM

Two good shots. v1 looks like me on a grumpy day.WinkSmile

ivor

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 - 6:27 PM

With that look, get ready to RUN!!!! Great one Colleen
Brian

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:26 PM

Looks a grumpy old bugger!!!!


Tish

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7122 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:46 PM

Wonderful shots Colleen, and interesting write up. I can quite believe a female killing a Lion they look so solid and powerful

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 7:52 PM

Wonderful light and detail.. nice POV. Interesting writing up..Smile

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 8:03 PM

new twist on mud bath! WOW what grump!

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 - 8:30 PM

Great shots Colleen. Love the write up. Cathy

Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 - 9:15 PM

Another cracking image Colleen.

I am jealous, the only wildlife we get in Birmingham are pigeons !

Steve

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
4 Sep 2013 - 9:52 PM

Oh what a scary looking beast,Colleen! Well done in any case!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ---- Jukka.

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 11:00 PM

Great shots ColleenGrin
Diane

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
5 Sep 2013 - 12:04 AM

Awesome shots Colleen. What do you mean they are no longer useful to the herd?
Aren't the older ones supposed to protect the herd? Do they no longer reproduce after 10-14 years?
M

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
5 Sep 2013 - 2:40 AM

Poor old fella.. He has certainly had a good wallow in V2..

Two more outstanding wild life images Colleen..GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 5:37 AM

Yes Marian... They no longer reproduce, the younger males take over the herd. They also walk slower and cannot keep up with the herd. Its all rather sad coming across these old boys. Eventually they live out their last years alone.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 4:05 PM

Great captures Colleen.

Ali SmileSmile

Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:31 AM

I would like to see a tight head crop of this shot I bet it would out of this world!! Superb image on its own!!,,,, regards Ian

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2013 - 10:20 PM

He looks as grumpy and dangerous as the Big O, epzer Ade "Animal" Osmant when you point a camera at him!Tongue

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