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Once again thank you so much for your votes and comments on yesterdays lion....he is my favourite male lion and hope to find him again in March on our return to the lodge.
I would also like to thank Kathrynlouise for your UA, much appreciated coming from a big cat lover as herself.

Today No 4 of the BIG 5....the mighty buffalo. He was busy staring down another buffalo at the water hole. You can see muddy water falling from his mouth. They always look so placid but believe me they are mean. They are also very smelly and are always covered in flies.
There a very few lions that will hunt them single handedly as they are very heavy to take down as well as being fighters often kicking back at Lions and hurting them badly. we lost a male lion last year that had been gored in the lung by a buffalo. An average buffalo stands 4-6 feet tall and weigh in at around 700kg (1500 pounds) Their herds can total up to 1000 at a time. i have see 300 together, quite a sight.
Ox peckers love hanging out with buffalo as there is a steady supply of ticks for them to eat.
Have a nice day

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jun 2013 - 3:41 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:What are you looking at
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:24 Jan 2014 - 3:51 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:01 AM

That is one mean looking buffalo! His left eye looks almost shut - might the show though. Anyway, great shots - definitely the close up for me.

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:13 AM

They look mean. V2 reminds me of something, Colleen. Ever stood on the other side of a fence by a herd of cows? They all, I mean ALL will stare at you......much the same as the water buffalos in V2. Both great shots.

Peter

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
24 Jan 2014 - 4:21 AM

What a great write-up Colleen! These buffalo are beautiful. V2 for me today..Fantastic to see..

Lynette Grin

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 233 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:33 AM

Dramatic and really great pictures.
Best to give way if they want to go somewhere.
Film on TV recently showing them hunting lions.
Well done, Colleen!

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 5:45 AM

Outstanding images, Colleen. They even appear to be posing for you in v2.
Fred

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 5:55 AM


Quote: Outstanding images, Colleen. They even appear to be posing for you in v2.
Fred

They were rather intrigued by me...I was sitting alone on the deck at our lodge when about 50 of them came down to the water hole for a drink.

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 5:55 AM

Very beautiful your photos safari, but some of the buffalo eyes wake to me up some sense of fear!GrinGrinGrin
Silviu

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 6:27 AM

An excellent pair of images, Colleen, they look very curious in V.2. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 6:31 AM

2 super shots Colleen and what a fantastic animal.

Andy

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 6:33 AM

Beautifully captured and very mean looking,

Caziwinkles
24 Jan 2014 - 6:55 AM

He is indeed a mean looking guy - definitely looks to be weighing you up here Colleen. Smile

Carol

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:06 AM


Quote: He is indeed a mean looking guy - definitely looks to be weighing you up here Colleen. Smile

Carol

Yeah lucky my mean look scared him awayGrin

anglingandyq
24 Jan 2014 - 7:14 AM

A fine capture he has got his eye on you Colleen

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:21 AM

It's their expressions that make me laugh, a super shot with a great title.Smile

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:36 AM

Dont think i'd argue with the chap in V1, Did you say cheese or watch the birdie for V2, those three just stopped
drinking and posed for the picture, lovely image.

Dave.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:37 AM

Very mean looking guy in V1. Understand they can be very dangerous if the mood takes them. Two superb pictures Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 8:02 AM

As usual your big 5 all fantastically captured
Colleen V2 is quite stunning!!
both great
but a WOW to your 2nd
Lillian

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 8:22 AM

in V1 looks like he is giving you the eye

viscostatic
24 Jan 2014 - 8:23 AM

That is quite a head of horn in V1 Colleen but for me V2 is the winner because of the eye contact of four of them and the pattern made by their horns.

Phil.

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 8:39 AM

Got you spotted in V1, Colleen.
And in V2, come to that!
Excellent shots.
Richard

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
24 Jan 2014 - 9:07 AM

They are certainly mean looking Colleen. But you have got some great shots of them. Moira

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 9:18 AM

Two good images Colleen. The more I see these beautiful beast the more I think about visiting them!!

V2 is my favorite this morning!!

Last Modified By richmowil at 24 Jan 2014 - 9:19 AM
jdinne
jdinne  11 England
24 Jan 2014 - 9:45 AM

The mighty buffalo indeed Colleen, my mother swore that it was one of these popping out of the bush up in Kenya frighting her that made me arrive on planet earth early Grin

Love V1 as I imagine that would have been what my mother saw.

John

brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 10:27 AM

2 Super Buffalo images makes me yearn to be on safari again
V2 is my favourite

lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 4lesliea vcard Australia
24 Jan 2014 - 10:29 AM

Nice set of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 10:53 AM

They are watching you Colleen, 2 great captures, like both imagesSmile


Cliff

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54226 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 10:56 AM

What a great capture. So imposing that look to camera, and beautifully framed by the out of focus "bits" of the other animals. Super shot.
x

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 11:00 AM

a great and superb set ,i will go forV2.



billy

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 11:14 AM

Excellent images Colleen,

Ali

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 11:21 AM

Dangerous opponents Colleen, we met a male on foot in Tanzania ! and have seen a herd of 300+ !! in Botswana. Tells the story.
Ron

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 11:31 AM

Two fab images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
24 Jan 2014 - 11:50 AM

This is an angel, not ferocious looking. Lovely capture., madam

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 12:44 PM

Two great capturesSmile

Eileen

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 12:50 PM

6 feet high and 700kg!! Sheesh...I had no idea.

Superb captures, Colleen. I particularly like the line-up in V2.

Andrew

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 1:32 PM

I always find these guys so interesting , and then remember that they are big and mean-- The crowd in v2 looks daunting!

briantjjones
24 Jan 2014 - 1:45 PM

Colleen, Two fantastic images, V2 is superb and it really portrays the nature of the 'beast'. Smile
Brian J.

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 2:01 PM

Great images, especially V2 how they are all looking straight at youGrin
Ryan

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
24 Jan 2014 - 2:24 PM


Quote: A fine capture he has got his eye on you Colleen

--- Yes ,looks like it !Wink - Hui ! - Great captures. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:22 PM

Enjoyed your information Colleen and two fine images as well.
Joan.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:36 PM

Two super images, Colleen, very well captured, though they could have smiled for the camera....! Grin I am impressed though that you did get them all to look towards the camera in V2 Wink
Thanks for your vote and comments on my 'Wellington Bowl' upload - I don't have any motivation to drag around a tripod on holiday. I do have a small infra-red remote to fire the camera, which is useful if I stand the camera on a wall or similar for much longer shutter speeds! Wink
Trev Smile

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 4:59 PM

Consciously or not you've chosen a good framing of the buffalos with five sets of horns,
(OK Lynne have a scream at the odd number thing) but it works for me!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 5:00 PM

Above remark refers to V2 in case you missed it.
Kate GrinGrin

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 5:13 PM

Thanks for the information. Wonderful shot. Looks like the buffalo was at deep thinking.. maybe it wondered what kind of lens you were using..Grin

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2153 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:01 PM

A great set,I would definitely move out of their waySmile
NettaSmile

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:07 PM

You certainly caught their attention, I wonder what you were doing!! Wink v2 is a cracker, Colleen.

Dave

TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 7:31 PM

He looks dead serious! Great capture.

Ty

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
24 Jan 2014 - 7:49 PM

Colleen, when I read that a buffalo is No. 4 of the big five, I honestly speaking was upset ... This is a beautiful animal as however any animal, and we take a rifle and go to kill them for our pleasure ... We need grow and grow before we would be able to have the right to call ourselves - the people ...
Thank you that you show this beauty to us, Colleen!
Regards Valery

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 10:35 PM

Two lovely shot Collen. Love the water from his mouth. Cathy

AlexAppleby
24 Jan 2014 - 11:01 PM

I love buffalo - they are my favourites, actually that's not strictly true they are all my favourites!!! But I do love buffalo! Great shots here Colleen. loving your return to carefully tucked away safari shots.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 11:10 PM

This buffalo bull looks a tough customer, I wouldn't want to mess with him and get too close! You were jolly brave to snap him with your 300mm lens, I bet Safari Simon would not have dared to get any closer than a 700mm range!Wink

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 11:13 PM


Quote: This buffalo bull looks a tough customer, I wouldn't want to mess with him and get too close! You were jolly brave to snap him with your 300mm lens, I bet Safari Simon would not have dared to get any closer than a 700mm range!Wink

I think you guessed right Ed that's why he has such a long lensGrinWink

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2014 - 1:46 AM

Two wonderful captures Colleen, V2 for me Grin Grin

kathryn

Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
26 Jan 2014 - 7:54 PM

Two excellent shots , like both of them.....GrinGrinGrin

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