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Image Age Of The Day in Artists Universe on 04.02.2012

The Nyala is a Southern African antelope. It is a spiral-horned dense-forest antelope that is uncomfortable in open spaces and is most often seen at water holes. Nyalas live alone or in small family groups of up to 10 individuals.
The male stands up to 110 cm (3.5 feet), the female is up to 90 cm (3 feet) tall. The male has loosely spiraled horns and a long fringe on throat and underparts; the female has no horns and no noticeable fringe. The male is dark brown, white on the face and neck, with vertical white stripes on the body. The female is reddish brown with white vertical striping.
The rare Mountain Nyala is limited to central Ethiopia. While superficially similar to the lowland Nyala, it is now considered more closely related to the kudu.
The name “Nyala” is the Swahili name for this antelope, which itself comes from the Zulu “Inyala”. The Latin name comes from “tragos” (he-goat), “elaphos” (deer), and George French Angas of South Australia

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...about 3 years ago

    wonderful image, so good to know all this Ralph, good on you as it is terrific, Norma

  • Thank you very much Norma for the wonderful comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    DECEMBER 8th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thanks so much Mary, so kind of you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful animal; love the flowing hair. Congrats on your feature. Great capture.

  • Thanks very much for the terrific comments and fav Jude.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    Great capture of this interesting animal Ralph.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thanks a lot Jude.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    excellent shot that I missed

  • Many thanks Fred.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    Congratulations on you feature Ralph, well done.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thank you Jude.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    FEBRUARY 4th, 2012
    ►For Limited Time the Image it’s Placed on the Group’s HomePage

  • I don’t know how I missed this Mary, thanks so much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRosealmost 3 years ago

    Great capture! It is certainly very different from most antelopes, in that it is obviously not made for running. The fringe does have the effect of making it look more robust than it really is too. This might discourage certain predators, I would imagine. Adding him to my Favourites.

  • I’ve never seen or heard of this beautiful animal until I got to Singapore. Thanks Kathryn for the nice comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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