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What are you looking at

By ColleenA
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

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24 Jan 2014 4:01AM
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.

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

Lynette Grin
24 Jan 2014 4:33AM
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!
Outstanding images, Colleen. They even appear to be posing for you in v2.
Fred
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
24 Jan 2014 5:55AM

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 3 1 Romania
24 Jan 2014 5:55AM
Very beautiful your photos safari, but some of the buffalo eyes wake to me up some sense of fear!GrinGrinGrin
Silviu
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
24 Jan 2014 6:27AM
An excellent pair of images, Colleen, they look very curious in V.2. Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
24 Jan 2014 6:31AM
2 super shots Colleen and what a fantastic animal.

Andy
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 6:33AM
Beautifully captured and very mean looking,
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 6:55AM
He is indeed a mean looking guy - definitely looks to be weighing you up here Colleen. Smile

Carol
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
24 Jan 2014 7:06AM

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
24 Jan 2014 7:14AM
A fine capture he has got his eye on you Colleen
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 7:21AM
It's their expressions that make me laugh, a super shot with a great title.Smile
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
24 Jan 2014 7:36AM
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 Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 7:37AM
Very mean looking guy in V1. Understand they can be very dangerous if the mood takes them. Two superb pictures Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 8:02AM
As usual your big 5 all fantastically captured
Colleen V2 is quite stunning!!
both great
but a WOW to your 2nd
Lillian
24 Jan 2014 8:22AM
in V1 looks like he is giving you the eye
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 8:23AM
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.
24 Jan 2014 8:39AM
Got you spotted in V1, Colleen.
And in V2, come to that!
Excellent shots.
Richard
moiral 6 12 Scotland
24 Jan 2014 9:07AM
They are certainly mean looking Colleen. But you have got some great shots of them. Moira
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
24 Jan 2014 9:18AM
Two good images Colleen. The more I see these beautiful beast the more I think about visiting them!!

V2 is my favorite this morning!!
jdinne 13 16 England
24 Jan 2014 9:45AM
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
24 Jan 2014 10:27AM
2 Super Buffalo images makes me yearn to be on safari again
V2 is my favourite
lesliea 7 2 Australia
24 Jan 2014 10:29AM
Nice set of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 108 14 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 10:53AM
They are watching you Colleen, 2 great captures, like both imagesSmile


Cliff
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
24 Jan 2014 10:56AM
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
a great and superb set ,i will go forV2.



billy
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 11:14AM
Excellent images Colleen,

Ali
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
24 Jan 2014 11:21AM
Dangerous opponents Colleen, we met a male on foot in Tanzania ! and have seen a herd of 300+ !! in Botswana. Tells the story.
Ron
24 Jan 2014 11:31AM
Two fab images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
24 Jan 2014 11:50AM
This is an angel, not ferocious looking. Lovely capture., madam
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 12:44PM
Two great capturesSmile

Eileen
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
24 Jan 2014 12:50PM
6 feet high and 700kg!! Sheesh...I had no idea.

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

Andrew
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
24 Jan 2014 1:32PM
I always find these guys so interesting , and then remember that they are big and mean-- The crowd in v2 looks daunting!
24 Jan 2014 1:45PM
Colleen, Two fantastic images, V2 is superb and it really portrays the nature of the 'beast'. Smile
Brian J.
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 2:01PM
Great images, especially V2 how they are all looking straight at youGrin
Ryan
24 Jan 2014 2:24PM

Quote:A fine capture he has got his eye on you Colleen
--- Yes ,looks like it !Wink - Hui ! - Great captures. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
24 Jan 2014 4:22PM
Enjoyed your information Colleen and two fine images as well.
Joan.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
24 Jan 2014 4:36PM
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 Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 4:59PM
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 Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 5:00PM
Above remark refers to V2 in case you missed it.
Kate GrinGrin
xwang 7 55 8
24 Jan 2014 5:13PM
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 Plus
4 381 2 Wales
24 Jan 2014 7:01PM
A great set,I would definitely move out of their waySmile
NettaSmile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
24 Jan 2014 7:07PM
You certainly caught their attention, I wonder what you were doing!! Wink v2 is a cracker, Colleen.

Dave
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
24 Jan 2014 7:31PM
He looks dead serious! Great capture.

Ty
24 Jan 2014 7:49PM
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
24 Jan 2014 10:35PM
Two lovely shot Collen. Love the water from his mouth. Cathy
24 Jan 2014 11:01PM
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 10 255 2 England
24 Jan 2014 11:10PM
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 Plus
4 322 4 Australia
24 Jan 2014 11:13PM

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
25 Jan 2014 1:46AM
Two wonderful captures Colleen, V2 for me Grin Grin

kathryn
Ayoob 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 7:54PM
Two excellent shots , like both of them.....GrinGrinGrin

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