Nikon D700
Sigma 150 – 500mm lens @ 290mm
1/640 @ f6.3
ISO 800

A strong dominance hierarchy exists in a buffalo herd. Dominant individuals receive the privilege to graze in front and in the middle of the herd and therefore access to the best grass. This position in the herd also provides more protection against predators and in the case of males also provides access to females in oestrus. Rank is determined amongst the bulls by fighting and normally this is settled before things turn serious. At times this contest does however escalate to a proper fight as was the case here. With head on clashes they each try to get the upper hand, the massive impact being absorbed by their huge bosses (horn base) and their thick and strong necks. A real fight is a spectacle to observe as dust and dirt flies all over and all sound are deafened by the roars of these beasts and the butting of their heads. A contest like this does not last long before one will concede defeat and retreat to challenge another day. This particular fight lasted only 52 seconds. Interesting to note that the smaller bull on the left (probably the older one) won this encounter!

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Comment by Pietman Muller on July 17, 2012 at 19:41

Thanks Gustav! 

Comment by Gustav on July 16, 2012 at 8:55

Sjoe, this is absolutely amazing in all aspects! What a winner!!! Congratulations Pietman, jy mag maar :P 

Comment by Pietman Muller on July 15, 2012 at 7:30

Baie dankie Leon, agtergekom jy was skaars. My beurt nou- ek is weg vir die volgende week.

Comment by LEON PELSER on July 14, 2012 at 22:35

Geluk met SOTM...ek was weg vir die week.

Comment by Pietman Muller on July 12, 2012 at 18:15

Thanks Neil!

Comment by Pietman Muller on July 12, 2012 at 14:50

Thanks aan almal vir jul comments! Jenna, ons probeer maar en soms is 'n ou gelukkig waar alles net bymekaar kom op 'n spesifieke dag.

Comment by Jenna Bester on July 12, 2012 at 13:36

baie goeie shot, ek sien jy begin die sotm alweer op bou nê!

Comment by Edward van der Vyver on July 12, 2012 at 11:18

Geluk met sotm, baie goeie werk soos gewoonlik

Comment by Elaine de Bruin on July 12, 2012 at 10:06

Baie geluk, defnitief een van my gunsteling fotos!

Comment by Janie Nel on July 12, 2012 at 9:07

well deserved...well done!!

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