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Olympus E520 1/125, f8, ISO 400

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With its spiraling horns and majestic bearing, the male kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) strikes a regal pose. The lightly yellowish tip and full 2 1/2 twists of the horn indicates this male is at least 6 years old and at the top of his game. When sparing with other males, kudu will entangle their horns, twisting, pushing, pulling and trying to tire their opponent into submission. On rare occassions, battling males have been known to become so firmly entwined that they are unable to extricate themselves, leading to death for victor and looser alike. Although in beautiful shape, this big boy has obviously come out worse for wear in a scrap, the tip of his left horn having been snapped off.

Tswalu game reserve, South Africa.

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 4 years ago

    love the stripes, and that stunning face paint…wot a fabulous shot Dan, perfect dof …and how extraordinary that the branch poking in at left repeats the shape of the horn at right

  • Thanks Carol! The amazing thing was that this guy was so relaxed that he let me compose and shoot…move for a slightly different angle..shoot again…etc. I landed up getting so many images of him that it was hard to identify the one I liked most!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    11 February 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    February 11, 2013

    Beautiful work!!

  • Thanks very much Teresa!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 2 years ago

    Has the DM signature all over it!!

  • LOL, thanks very much Macky, appreciate your comments!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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