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This week entrance is free to all SA National parks, so I decided to go to the Bontebok National Park just across the road from Swellendam [ some 4 km from town] to grab a photo or sixty Smile Here is a Bontebok with two Blue Cranes, our National bird.
V2 - an Impala looking back
Thanx to all who voted and commented on yesterday's upload and to Trev for his amazing mod ! Much appreciated !!
Have a great pre-weekend day !

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens:4.3 - 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.0 - 1200.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Sep 2013 - 9:07 AM
Focal Length:58.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bontebok & Blue Cranes
Username:Hermanus Hermanus
Uploaded:12 Sep 2013 - 3:53 AM
Tags:Blue crane, Bontebok, Impala, Wildlife / nature
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:21 AM

At first I thought the blue crane was on the impala's back. Two great images and how nice to get in for free.......Sandy

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:40 AM

Super wild life images v1 is too good.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:15 AM

Two excellent shots from this National Park, Herman: in V 1 it looks as if the left crane is getting a piggy back ride on the Bontebok.
Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:39 AM


Quote: At first I thought the blue crane was on the impala's back. Two great images and how nice to get in for free.......Sandy

Just what I thought at first glance, Herman Smile Two excellent captures. Carol

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
12 Sep 2013 - 5:45 AM

Two lovely captures with my choice which has to be V1. It is certainly a great one with magic light
and good texture. Well done Herman.

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Diggeo
Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:48 AM

Two beautiful captuures, Herman!

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:23 AM

Morning Herman we have a magnificent start to the day, blue skies and no windGrinGrinGrin
I didnt read that entrance is free this week, what a bonus. two great shots, love them bothGrinGrinGrin

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Caziwinkles
12 Sep 2013 - 7:14 AM

Two super images - great comp, texture and light. V1 my fave. Smile

Carol

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barbarahirst
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12 Sep 2013 - 7:42 AM

Whoah!!!!!

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:43 AM

2 great captures Herman, like way it looks like the crane is standing on the back of the Impala, Smile


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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Sep 2013 - 7:55 AM

Two fine compositions Herman,
Fred.

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:14 AM

Two excellent and well captured images Herman
Jim

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33139 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:16 AM


Quote: At first I thought the blue crane was on the impala's back. Two great images and how nice to get in for free.......Sandy

Superb wildlife photography Herman...

Regards Nathan

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:27 AM


Quote: Two excellent shots from this National Park, Herman: in V 1 it looks as if the left crane is getting a piggy back ride on the Bontebok.
Ronnie.

Exactly my thoughts,

Albert

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
12 Sep 2013 - 8:32 AM

I confess that I am very envious of your opportunity, Herman, to take pictures of such number of animals!Smile
Regards Valery

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:40 AM

Brilliant images Herman so nice to see such animals, Well done my friend .Smile
Rob

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DicksPics
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12 Sep 2013 - 9:05 AM

Two excellent images, Herman!
Richard

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:06 AM

Super wildlife captures (photographically speaking), Herman. Grin

Ray

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HuddersfieldHil
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12 Sep 2013 - 9:07 AM

Two great shots Herman SmileSmile

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Tish1
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12 Sep 2013 - 9:14 AM

Free entry, I am getting in my car now Grin, will there be free entry while I am close by, can always get on a ferry across to the African Continent and then it's what? a few days drive, or a couple of hours the way I drive Tongue

These are great Herman really sharp on the eye on V1 and V2 is aesthetically very pleasing; how lucky are you, bet you don't find one in your front Porch very oftenTongue

Tish

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 9:16 AM

Two beautiful captures Smile

Eileen

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JuBarney
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12 Sep 2013 - 9:28 AM

Splendid shots.
Hope you have a great time visiting all the parks!!
Ju

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abeeror2
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12 Sep 2013 - 9:38 AM

Cracking shots!

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digital_boi
12 Sep 2013 - 10:26 AM

V1 for me Herman good eye contact

Graham

Ps, enjoy the free week!!!! Kind of thing us Scots love lol

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morpheus1955
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12 Sep 2013 - 10:43 AM

Two superb images Herman

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nonur
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12 Sep 2013 - 11:26 AM

Two great takes, Herman. WONDERFUL!

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williamsloan
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12 Sep 2013 - 11:58 AM

two cracking images. i love V2.


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lonely_oryx
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12 Sep 2013 - 12:02 PM

2 well caught images

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luckybry
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12 Sep 2013 - 12:24 PM

well spotted and well photographed

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sparrowhawk
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12 Sep 2013 - 12:25 PM

superb work love the comp in v1 but both are superb

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achieverswales
12 Sep 2013 - 12:29 PM


Quote: Two excellent shots from this National Park, Herman: in V 1 it looks as if the left crane is getting a piggy back ride on the Bontebok.
Ronnie.

I thought that also Herman, two excellent captures.

Regards

Trev.

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Lynniesefforts
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12 Sep 2013 - 12:42 PM

LOve V1 and V2 is great as well Herman... beautiful animal this one GrinGrin we only have kangaroos... TongueTongue

Lynette GrinGrin

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 1:09 PM

Bontebok.....what a fun word....it does invoke the leaping of the animal.

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kazza12
kazza12  2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 1:49 PM

two great shots Smile

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 2:41 PM

Fine shots Herman.
And do you have some Scottish blood in you ?
You are just like us to take up any free offers !!
Mick.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 2:45 PM

Hij is echt bont, maar ik kan het niet vertalen Smile

well framed by the birds

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 3:23 PM

Great shots Herman. Cathy

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
12 Sep 2013 - 4:14 PM

Two excellent captures Herman. I love the pose in V1, is exceptional!!
Effrossini

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SUE118
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12 Sep 2013 - 4:24 PM

Lovely expressions.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
12 Sep 2013 - 4:42 PM

Two excellent shots

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:59 PM

A free entry Waaw,and worth a visit to see these,and we are having a lovely set to look at ,great Herman.
I love the colour of the image in v1SmileSmile
NettaSmile

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LuDa
LuDa  1 United States
12 Sep 2013 - 5:03 PM

Herman, Tow great images!SmileSmile

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Mike_Smith
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12 Sep 2013 - 5:08 PM

Cracking image this one Herman, i love the Cranes

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:13 PM

Two wonderful images, Herman, v1 for me, luv the way the birds in the background frame your subject.
Nice one.
Darryl.
Well done on all your awards. SmileSmileSmile

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12 Sep 2013 - 5:14 PM

Great pictures Herman ,love the detail,

Ali SmileSmile

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fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:33 PM

Two superb images, Herman. I just love V1 - he's sure got his eye on you!

Lavina

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basith  2 Sri Lanka
12 Sep 2013 - 5:36 PM

Super wildlife photography.
Like v1.

Basith

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jdinne  11 England
12 Sep 2013 - 6:06 PM

Bothy great captures Herman really like V1.

John

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
12 Sep 2013 - 6:25 PM

Wonderful pictures! Bet you had a great time there.

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Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 6:27 PM

Wonderful captures, Herman.

P.

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jaktis
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12 Sep 2013 - 7:38 PM

Looks so great with the place of the crane in V1

Peter

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
12 Sep 2013 - 7:45 PM

This is a fantastic shot, Herman!!!!!!!!
The cranes are perfect! And the pose of the bontebok is wonderful.
Good to know your national bird. Smile
M

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12 Sep 2013 - 8:20 PM

Beautiful captures HermanGrinGrin
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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:31 PM

2 wonderful captures Herman, V2 for me GrinGrin

Kathryn

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AlexAppleby
12 Sep 2013 - 8:41 PM

Entrance is free? We'll be expecting a lot more wildlife shots from you in that case!

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pks  10 England
12 Sep 2013 - 9:29 PM

v1 is great looks like he,s posing

peter

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12 Sep 2013 - 10:07 PM

Lovely images , Herman ! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.

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12 Sep 2013 - 11:13 PM

Thought the crane was stood on his back when I first looked Herman. Some fine creatures here
Jason

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13 Sep 2013 - 2:17 AM

Love the eye contact in V1 but V2 is mt favourite.

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13 Sep 2013 - 9:05 AM

Two first class images V2 just pips the other one.
Dennis :Wink

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13 Sep 2013 - 9:07 PM


Quote: At first I thought the blue crane was on the impala's back

Me, too.
This is great, and I'm sure you took advantage of the free entry and have lots more.

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14 Sep 2013 - 5:23 AM

this is a beautiful shot, showing harmony in nature.

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16 Sep 2013 - 8:20 AM

Two excellent shots , like both of them ES V1...Herman....GrinGrinGrin

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21 Sep 2013 - 1:51 PM

Excellent eye contact in v1 and I too thought one of the cranes was hitching a free ride!Wink

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