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Copyright: Nelson Viegas (njmv79) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 13 N: 64] (439)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-08-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 5Ds, Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-09-04 2:05
Viewed: 1219
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Source: WikiPedia
I took this photograph in Knysna, Botlierskop Nature Reserve.
Eland antelope" redirects here. For Taurotragus derbianus, see Giant eland.
Common eland
Taurotragus oryx - young bull - Etosha 2015.jpg
A bull common eland in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Taurotragus
Species: T. oryx
Binomial name
Taurotragus oryx
(Pallas, 1766)

T. o. livingstonii
T. o. oryx
T. o. pattersonianus

Species synonymy[2]

The common eland (Taurotragus oryx), also known as the southern eland or eland antelope, is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Taurotragus. It was first described by Peter Simon Pallas in 1766. An adult male is around 1.6 metres (5') tall at the shoulder (females are 20 centimetres (8") shorter) and can weigh up to 942 kg (2077 lbs) with an average of 500–600 kilograms (1,100–1,300 lb, 340–445 kilograms (750–980 lb) for females). It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.[3]

Mainly a herbivore, its diet is primarily grasses and leaves. Common elands form herds of up to 500 animals, but are not territorial. The common eland prefers habitats with a wide variety of flowering plants such as savannah, woodlands, and open and montane grasslands; it avoids dense forests. It uses loud barks, visual and postural movements and the flehmen response to communicate and warn others of danger. The common eland is used by humans for leather, meat, and rich, nutritious milk, and has been domesticated in many areas.

It is native to Botswana, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe but is no longer present in Burundi and Angola. While the common eland's population is decreasing, it is classified as "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Hi Nelson

I didn't read your note, far too long for me and seems to be a cut and paste from wikipedia.
I think you have been unfortunate with the animals all looking out of the photo. I think it's always better if they are looking in, it stops the eye being drawn out of the photo. I also think the image is a little flat and could do with some pp work.
Having said all that, a good attempt and not a bad result.

I hope you don't mind, for my own entertainment I've done a workshop.

Hi Nelson,
I agree with everything that Bob has said - nobody is interested in all that stuff in your notes, this is a photography site tell us about the photo which is a little bit "wishy washy" (not sure where that phrase comes from) but having lived in Africa for 12 yrs I enjoyed the subject

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