Battling Buffalo

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This buffalo (Syncerus caffer) seems to have suffered a recent injury to its right horn, under the horn boss, and signs of blood could be seen about the wound on its head. The horn bosses, over the skull, are the buffalo’s principal instrument of attack and defense. Typically, bulls may charge and ram each other exerting a tremendous force, sufficient to crack a boss, which becomes softer in older bulls. Buffalo are also well known for their ability to hook and toss an attacking predator with their horns.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF 70-200mm; f/4.0; 1/1000sec; ISO-640; 150mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Being able to anticipate a situation in the wild goes a long way towards capturing opportunities as they present themselves. If one spends enough time in the bush and gets to know ones subject a lot better, then one often gets to be pressing the shutter release at the peak moment. Having your camera set to ‘burst mode’, which allows shots to be taken in rapid succession, enhances the opportunity. Shoot several images of the same subject. One of them will be perfect.

3 thoughts on “Battling Buffalo

  1. Different seeing a Buffalo with a wounded horn. Cab but hope he heals and manages to survive. Nice catch.

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