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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Exceptional pictures adw!!! :thumbs_up:

Nice attempt too Richprins....!

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Aahh ! - Just woken up with a regmaker from Telkom on my land line, now I have internet again !

When I called for buffalo submissions to this thread I actually hoped for real big buffalo horns - like 50" over-all width.

Now, the "adw" flat horn is in this class. Not the prettiest to me, I like the deep horn curls as that of the earlier "adw" buff but end of the day, it is only over-all distance between outer horn curls that count.

A massive horn boss is a pretty horn but still just a massive horn boss and a big horn is a “wide” horn.

Since we are hunting with cameras, it does not matter much that some big (wide) horns belong to cows – it is only the “bullet hunters” that worry about that !

Any-case, the following photo shows a buff cow found close to the Shavo 2 wind mill in May of 2009. I estimate her horns in the 50” – 53” class – now that is really BIG.

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The next photo show a buff bull from the same herd at Shavo 2, I estimate his horns in the 44” – 47” class – big but still on their way to become exceptional although the deep curl is already wonderful.

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The next photo show yet another buff bull from the same heard at Shavo 2, this bull is already exceptional although, should the lions leave him alone, he will still grow a few inches before expiring. I estimate him in the 46” – 50” class.

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A way to identify a big horned buff is by the horn width compared to the spread of that buff's ears. The horns should exceed the ear by at least half an ear length on each side.


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Thanks 100Ponder. I will go through my collection to see if I can meet your requirements. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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100Ponder, do any of these meet the requirements?

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This one was taken on the S125
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and my third one taken on the Timbavati road. Please forgive the poor quality as it was taken in direct sunlight.
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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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laeveldleeu, All my photographs are genuine individual buffalos. The only photoshop work done on my photos is to crop and sharpen as well as correcting exposure. Nothing else has been done!

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Hey "adw", are you a buffalo wisperer ?

I NEVER see that many big buffs !

In your last post with 3 photos you have some real wonderful beasts ! :D

The first could go 44" - 47", the second easily go 47" - 50" as do the third buff.

You are really blessed to find these big buffs ! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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All about size - what about age?

How about this one for age? Real old grumpy one I saw in the greater Kruger park!

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Wow!! :shock:
Huge horns!! :clap:
And Willem that is a real old guy hey!! :clap:

LOVE buffalo! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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On 8 August 2011, close to Berg en Dal, we spotted a herd of buffalo - not a big herd - may be about 200, And amongst them was this "albino". I also wondered, how old could this one be - it seems to survive well? Can one make an estimate by looking at the thickness of the horns?

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I searched this thread re buffalo, from page one to see whether this one was 'recorded' or mentioned by anyone. But have not seen anything. I have noticed photos of albino young ones (Jun 2007 and Apr 2008) were posted, as well as a photo of an adult, Oct 2008.

In my TR (SOUTH KNP TALK SHOW HOSTED BY NATURE: Part 2) there are more photos on this animal - the area around the eyes and the tongue can be seen, unfortunately not the tail.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Ms Skarabee,
If I look at the horns it looks quite old? Real albino if I look at the pink nose and eyes!!! Good photos..also those in your TR :D

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Look at the racing bike handles!
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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Well spotted
8) Bike handles, I agree....
Racing .... wonder if anyone has tried it or want to.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Dyuring my Sept trip I saw this buffalo on the H10 near Tshokwane. I know Ndloti has already posted a photo of this buffalo some months ago. Looking at this photo is it a cow or bull? At first I thought it was a bull, but now on closer inspection I think it is a cow!

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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I like this thread - "spot the difference". of horn styles Never looked at it purposefully before spotting this websight.

... In this case, looking at the shape of the "head dress", I think it is a cow she let her hair down --- sort of :)

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TR: Leaves and Grass - and animals too - Apr 12
The god Khepri, is associated with the scarab. The ball of dung = the sun. The emergence of baby beetles = spontaneous creation.


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Hi adw,

Great to see this grand old lady is still alive - thanks for posting your photo of her.
[ When one pages back through these pages several photos of her can be seen.]


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