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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

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
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
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
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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.


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.



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

Lynette Grin


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.


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

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  1 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


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

24 Jan 2014 - 6:31 AM

2 super shots Colleen and what a fantastic animal.



Beautifully captured and very mean looking,

24 Jan 2014 - 6:55 AM

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



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


Yeah lucky my mean look scared him awayGrin

24 Jan 2014 - 7:14 AM

A fine capture he has got his eye on you Colleen


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


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.



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


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


in V1 looks like he is giving you the eye

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.



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

moiral  5 Scotland
24 Jan 2014 - 9:07 AM

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


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  12 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.



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


Nice set of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile


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



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.


a great and superb set ,i will go forV2.



Excellent images Colleen,



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


Two fab images Colleen.

Jenny Smile


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

EileenH  2 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 - 12:44 PM

Two great capturesSmile



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

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



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


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


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


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

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


Enjoyed your information Colleen and two fine images as well.


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


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


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

xwang  632 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


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


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



He looks dead serious! Great capture.


ValeryAst  3 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


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

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.


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


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


Two wonderful captures Colleen, V2 for me Grin Grin



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

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