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The Gnu or Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) is a fast-running herbivore from Africa. The gnu is a member of the antelope family, although its heavy build and disproportionately large forequarters make it look more bovine. Gnus can reach 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length; stand 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) tall at the shoulders and weigh up to 600 pounds (272 kilograms). Both males and females grow horns. Their habitat comprises the grassy plains and open woodlands of central, southern, and eastern Africa. Here the wildebeest grazed on the grassy plains not fare away from a water hole. I took this shot during a safari through Pilanesberg/South Africa.

Nikon D300
Nikor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G
ISO 400

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I’m Nicole, I live in Luxembourg, a very small country in Europe and I welcome you to my photo site. Travelling and to do photography are my most loved occupations.My favorite things to photograph are wildlife,flowers and landscapes.I shoot with Nikon D300.

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Comments

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    brilliant capture of these Wildebeests Nicole.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Thank you so very much Jude. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the photo thank you for adding this to your favorites!
    Cheers,Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    21 October 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you very much for adding Konstantinos!!
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago


    21 October 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you so much for adding my shot!
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosabout 3 years ago

    Such a wonderful capture. Great support info too Nicole!

  • Thank you very much for your very kind comment and for adding into your favorites John!!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 3 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’m so glad that you like it Guenda!!Thank you very much:)
    Ciao,
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • Aase
    Aaseabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work and capture Nicole:-)

  • Thank you very much for your very kind comment!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Have always been fascinated by these unusual-looking creatures. This is a wonderful shot, Nicole. Well caught!

  • Thank you very much Sheila, yes indeed they are unusual-looking, but also beautiful! I was sitting there a long time only by watching them.They were on their way to the water hole.
    It’s great that you like my shot!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for adding my capture David!
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2011/10/22

  • Thank you very much Margaret for adding my shot!
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for being featured,very much appreciated!
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

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