Don't point that camera at me!!

By ColleenA
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

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Sep 2013 5:16AM
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 !

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
4 Sep 2013 5:19AM
Outstanding images v1 is better and bold.
Two great captures of these lovely creatures. My choice is V1 for good composition and detail.
Well done Colleen.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Sep 2013 5:43AM
What a wonderful expression you have captured on his face in V.1, Colleen, two more super wildlife images. Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
4 Sep 2013 6:36AM
Bald, grumpy and shunned...sounds like me. Grin

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

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:39AM
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.
4 Sep 2013 6:46AM
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.

ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
4 Sep 2013 6:50AM
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.
4 Sep 2013 7:11AM
2 super wildlife images Colleen,
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:16AM
He does look rather grumpy Colleen - and definitely needs a wash! Smile

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:18AM
Oh dear he doesn't look to happy with you,Sad his expression say's it all. Super shot's.SmileSmile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:21AM
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 6 382 2 Wales
4 Sep 2013 7:39AM
These are another set of Brilliant images Collen that I knew from the Gallery they were yoursSmile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Sep 2013 7:43AM
Not one to mess with!! GrinGrinGrin
4 Sep 2013 7:45AM
Two excellent images and a very interesting write up, Colleen!
This one does not look friendly, at all!!

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:46AM
Some animal that
Thank goodness they don't stroll around the streets of Leeds Wink
moiral 8 12 Scotland
4 Sep 2013 7:57AM
2 excellent shots Colleen. They certainly do look like grumpy old men. Interesting narrative. Moira
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 8:02AM
2 excellent images again Colleen, he certainly has the umbridge, great write upSmile

4 Sep 2013 8:17AM
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
4 Sep 2013 8:23AM
Two fine shots. V1 for me,
4 Sep 2013 8:44AM
Wonderfully recorded their behavior.
A fine portrait of this buffalo in V1.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Sep 2013 9:49AM
What an old grouch! Wonderful detail and good to see the mud coverage in v2 as well, Colleen.

4 Sep 2013 10:02AM
A stunning image Smile and thanks for the info.
4 Sep 2013 10:07AM
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

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 10:29AM
Another great wildlife lesson Colleen - two amazing images with V1
being a real winner - the water b/g is just perfect.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Sep 2013 12:47PM
It does seem popular with all these flies around it Colleen !!
Good shots.
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
4 Sep 2013 12:58PM
Yes Mick, he smelt quite ripe after lying in his and others faecesBlush
Great shots and an interesting write up. V1 for me.
4 Sep 2013 2:31PM
Wonderful captures Collen and very interesting info.

Jenny Smile
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
4 Sep 2013 2:52PM
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 Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Sep 2013 3:52PM
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
4 Sep 2013 3:54PM
V1 for me today Colleen and enjoyed the write up accompanying the images GrinGrin

4 Sep 2013 4:28PM
He looks a happy chappy well captured Colleen
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 5:30PM
Two lovely shots
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 5:32PM
Such a big chappie Colleen, like them both
You have two lovely images, but really like the muddy boy ther
6 3 8 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 5:36PM
Wow, what a splendid looking fella! I love V1, excellent images!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:06PM
An excellent wildlife image, with a fully informative narrative to accompany it

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:26PM
Two good shots. v1 looks like me on a grumpy day.WinkSmile

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:27PM
With that look, get ready to RUN!!!! Great one Colleen
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:26PM
Looks a grumpy old bugger!!!!

Mike_Smith Plus
10 487 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:46PM
Wonderful shots Colleen, and interesting write up. I can quite believe a female killing a Lion they look so solid and powerful
xwang 9 56 8
4 Sep 2013 7:52PM
Wonderful light and detail.. nice POV. Interesting writing up..Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Sep 2013 8:03PM
new twist on mud bath! WOW what grump!
Great shots Colleen. Love the write up. Cathy
4 Sep 2013 9:15PM
Another cracking image Colleen.

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

Oh what a scary looking beast,Colleen! Well done in any case!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ---- Jukka.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 11:00PM
Great shots ColleenGrin
Potra 5 Venezuela
5 Sep 2013 12:04AM
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?
Poor old fella.. He has certainly had a good wallow in V2..

Two more outstanding wild life images Colleen..GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
5 Sep 2013 5:37AM
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 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 4:05PM
Great captures Colleen.

Ali SmileSmile
Franko59 6 3 2 England
7 Sep 2013 11:31AM
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 12 255 2 England
17 Sep 2013 10:20PM
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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