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War Face

By SteveMackay  
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

Tags: Captive Male Pets and captive animals Gelada baboon Threat display

Voters: ColleenA, cabbie, rontear and 47 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 357 6 Australia
23 Oct 2013 5:22PM
Wow, now that is a serious war face...scary....glad you were far away. Excellent photographyGrin

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
23 Oct 2013 5:26PM
Full of menace, but not Smile Excellent Steve !!
john_starkey 7 2 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 5:34PM
I would not like to tangle with those teeth,superb detail Steve and a really nice image,

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
23 Oct 2013 6:37PM
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
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 6:47PM
Great behaviour and your comp gives a lovely symmetrical artistic feel.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
23 Oct 2013 6:48PM
A brilliant moment captured here Steve - looks so fierce. Love it.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
23 Oct 2013 7:52PM
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
23 Oct 2013 8:06PM
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
Lelah 5 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2013 12:13AM
This is a great capture, very, very threatening, and so well captured, you are very good.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2013 8:18AM
A magic image well taken..

Wonderful shot.
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2013 10:57PM
wow this is awesome Steve , once you get past those gnashers the eyes are mesmerising ....superb, love it Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
25 Oct 2013 10:50AM
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......
25 Oct 2013 6:21PM
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
Potra 4 Venezuela
27 Oct 2013 1:25AM
Awesome shot Steve! Your portraits are always great.
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
27 Oct 2013 8:31AM
Super shot,


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