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#41 Tom Kellie

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:17 AM

That head shot in post 39 is gorgeous @Soukous

 

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Please add my hearty agreement with @wilddog's comment above.

 

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 06:58 AM

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Sprouting Horns, Nonetheless Shy

 

Photographed on 2 October, 2015 at 5:25 pm in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.

 

ISO 125, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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~ When this nyala walked past, his sprouting horns were apparent. Young, without other striking adult male characteristics, he was reticent, prudently remaining behind vegetation.

 

As nyala were an unfamiliar species to me, I'd never previously observed a juvenile male. How long would it be before the grey pelage and dramatic horns transformed him into a formidable male?

 


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 05:47 PM

@Tom Kellie, I am by no means an expert, but would suspect that this little guy is about a year old. I also believe that in another 2 years he will have attained reasonably dark colouration, but he will continue growing darker and his horns should continue growing longer for his whole life.
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Posted 22 December 2015 - 06:32 PM

@Tom Kellie, I am by no means an expert, but would suspect that this little guy is about a year old. I also believe that in another 2 years he will have attained reasonably dark colouration, but he will continue growing darker and his horns should continue growing longer for his whole life.

 

~ @Peter Connan

 

Thanks to your kind response, now I know.

 

I appreciate that!

 

He seemed a bit awkward, less sure-footed than the females around him.

 

It takes time and practice to grow into manhood, including for nyala.

 

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:32 PM

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Male Nyala Hidden Behind A Bush

 
Photographed at 8:54 am on 26 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 500, 1/1600 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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The nyala sightings at Leopard Hills are regular, but often moderately distant, especially males. This particular male was standing behind the thick foliage of a bush beside the track.
 
Although there was no clear shot, it was possible to focus on his eye at f/2.8, which brought out his beauty, despite the obscuring vegetation. His large, soulful eyes appealed to me.

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:04 PM

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Shadow Walker

 

Photographed on 4 October, 2015 at 5:36 pm in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.

 

ISO 125, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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~ A female and male nyala quietly walked out of a forest while we were watching hornbills. They came along, one-by-one, seemingly oblivious to our presence, passing very near.

 

The distinctive nyala markings were bold...yet not. They brought to mind certain brush strokes on canvas when Henri Matisse was depicting textile patterns in partial shade.


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Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:20 PM

@Tom Kellie You have a way with words and photos. :)


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Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:36 PM

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Muito obrigado.

 

Estou muito emocionado com o que você escreveu.

 

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 08:17 AM

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Male Nyala with Flies

 

Photographed on 5 October, 2015 at 7:27 am in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 800, 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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~ Pity this poor ole feller, flies clustered by his eyes, no ready appendage to shoo them away. Perhaps business as usual in the daily routine of a Sabi Sands male nyala, yet nonetheless annoying.

 

He was a member of a bachelor herd in shadow beside the track. We were heading out to a possible resting leopard sighting, but paused to admire the striking form of the nyala, a Sabi Sands favorite.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 08:29 AM

@Tom Kellie,really like#45, Nyala portrait, such pretty creatures. I also appreciate you going to the effort to show you camera settings, really useful for those of us that are on the "starting blocks" with photography.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

@Tom Kellie,really like#45, Nyala portrait, such pretty creatures. I also appreciate you going to the effort to show you camera settings, really useful for those of us that are on the "starting blocks" with photography.

 

~ @elefromoz

 

After reading your most recent trip report and enjoying the photography therein, it's an honor to receive such a generous comment from you.

 

When I joined Safaritalk, I noticed that @Game Warden requested camera settings for posted images.

 

With time and practice, that became my approach of choice.

 

You and I feel likewise — nyala are indeed lovely animals. They're one of the top reasons for visiting South Africa, aside from doing bird photography with my talented friend, @Peter Connan.

 

Thank you so much!

 

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:10 AM

 

attachicon.gifMale Nyala with Flies.JPG

 

Male Nyala with Flies

 

Photographed on 5 October, 2015 at 7:27 am in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 800, 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

****************************************************************************************************

 

~ Pity this poor ole feller, flies clustered by his eyes, no ready appendage to shoo them away. Perhaps business as usual in the daily routine of a Sabi Sands male nyala, yet nonetheless annoying.

 

He was a member of a bachelor herd in shadow beside the track. We were heading out to a possible resting leopard sighting, but paused to admire the striking form of the nyala, a Sabi Sands favorite.

 

There are some nice shots there @Tom Kellie thanks for sharing.


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 05:34 PM

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 09:44 AM

Nyala males and females

Karongwe Game Reserve

Greater Kruger

South Africa

 

 

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:35 PM

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"if you think you're too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito."

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:41 AM

A beautiful family of Nyala

Klein Karoo, South Africa, Feb 2017

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:42 AM

A nyala fawn carefully approaches the water for a drink

 

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