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Show us your zebras...

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~ @@pomkiwi

 

What an outstanding zebra portrait.

I like the lens angle — straight-on with a sense of being scrutinized.

Very nice — thanks!

Tom K.

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Zebras mourning death of their family member (near Gemsbokvlakte, Etosha)
This was probably our most emotional Etosha sighting. Near Gemsbokvlakte waterhole we spotted a dead zebra, with lots of other zebras gathering around her body, lining up to lick her face, one after another. It was clear that they are mourning her death.

Is this normal behaviour for zebras? What might be the reason of her death - it seems that her belly is unnaturally bloated. Maybe she was unsuccessful while giving birth?

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Some common Burchell's zebras from Madikwe.

 

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Drinking partners

 

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Sabi Sands September 2015

Nikon D7100, 80-400mm lens @ 400mm ISO 1000, f/6.3, 1/400 sec

A very cloudy day

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Can I be first to shout, "Snap"!

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Sparring

 

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Sabi Sands, September 2015

Nikon D7100, 80-400mm lens @ 220mm ISO 1000, f/5.3, 1/400 sec

 

Post-processing in Lightroom / Silver Efex Pro

 

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~ @@pomkiwi

 

Your compelling action image above is another persuasive example of the value of black & white safari images.

Recently @@Game Warden urged me to consider that with regard to African buffalo. Your fine image extends that to zebra.

Thank you for posting it with the shooting settings.

Tom K.

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Can I say there have been some dazzling new additions ;)

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@@Game Warden - I see what you did there 😎

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It's been a while - so another pair of zebra. Taken in the sabi Sands in March 2015. Nikon D7100, 70-300mm @ 270mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400. Post-processing a little in Silver Efex Pro

 

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Zebras from the South Luangwa taken September 2016 with Sony A6000:

 

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Kwara, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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@@hubertj I could never imagine that zebras would mourn the death of a member of the herd. I didn't think that they were intelligent enough for that. Of course as we know that is something which elephants do.

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@@optig - you're probably right. It might be our over-interpretation. But I'm really wondering how this behaviour could be explained.

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@@hubertj -I do have to say that much about animal behaviors remains unexplained. Mammals and birds are found to be increasingly intelligent. I'm always

astonished how animals can show altruism.

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A crush of zebra. Crossing the Mara River, February 2017.

 

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Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens @370mm. F/5.6, 1/400 sec. ISO 200. Processed in Lightroom with some cropping and conversion using Silver Efex Pro.

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Cape Mountain Zebra

Klein Karoo, South Africa

 

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I am looking forward to seeing Mountain zebras later this year in Tswalu Kalahari, and near Cape Town.

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Here are some Mountain Zebra from the Karoo National Park in February. The rains had not come ( we experienced some rain whilst we were there) and evreywhere was very dusty

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Unrestrained

 

Photographed at 5:33 pm on 1 October, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 100, 1/2000 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Shutter Priority exposure.

 

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These Grevy's Zebra were running in a circle with tails flying, mouths open and unrestrained exuberance. The sheer energy of their galloping was a thrill to observe firsthand.

 

In the background an Oryx quietly grazes, more intent on obtaining more nutrition while light is available, than on watching the zebra show that it's seen many times in the past.

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