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Steenbok Ewe

Steenbok Ewe
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Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1979
Categories: Mammals
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-14 6:56
Viewed: 4283
Points: 26
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Common name: Steenbok
Scientific Name: Raphicerus campestris

http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Raphicerus_campestris.html -

"Physical Characteristics

Head and body length: 70-95 cm
Shoulder height: 45-60 cm
Tail length: 5-10 cm
Adult weight: 7-16 kg

Steenbok are petite antelope, with long legs and an upright stance. The coat is a light golden-brown color, although there is some variation among individuals with some being quite reddish and others more gray. The undersides are white. Steenbok have few distinctive markings: the large eyes are ringed by a fine circle of white hairs, and there is a slender black triangle which starts at the nose and tapers upwards. The ears are extremely large. The horns, found only in males, are straight, sharp, and very upright. They will grow 7-19 cm long.

Similar species:

Gray duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) are similar in size and color to steenbok, but are typically more grizzled (grayer) in appearance. The face of the gray duiker is usually marked by a black blaze which runs from the top of the head right down to the nose; it also has smaller, more slender ears.

Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) are similar in color and form to the steenbok, but are larger and more slender. There is a distinctive black patch at the base of the ear, and no black on the front of the face.

Reproduction and Development
Gestation period: 170 days.
Litter size: 1.
Weaning: 3 months.
Sexual maturity: Females as early as 6-7 months, males begin to mature around 9 months.
Life span: 10-12 years.
Baby steenbok may be born throughout the year, and can stand and walk just a few minutes after birth. However, the infant is usually hidden away by its mother for a few weeks before beginning to follow her around.

Ecology and Behavior:

Steenbok tend to be most active during the day, although when temperatures peak at midday they may seek refuge in shade. This species appears to live in monogamous pairs which share a territory some 4-100 hectares in size - however, the two animals are usually found apart and only come together to breed. The territory is marked by both sexes by using dung heaps. When threatened, steenbok will hide by lying on the ground and freezing in order to avoid the danger. If the threat continues to approach, they will rocket away for a short distance and then try to hide again. Aardvark burrows may be used as refuges.

Family group: Solitary, although a stable pair (which meets up solely for breeding) shares one territory.

Diet: Mostly leaves from shrubs and trees, but also fruits and grasses.

Main Predators: All major predators, including wild cats (both large and small) and pythons. Infants may be hunted by smaller predators such as jackals, raptors, monitor lizards, and baboons.

Habitat and Distribution: Steenbok are found in open grassland with light tree cover across most of southern Africa. Another population lives in the stonier acacia grasslands of east Africa."

NOTE: Exif information not included as the image was digitally reproduced from the original colour slide.

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Interesting lighting, nice contrast between the dark background and the warm colour of the steenbok.Good point of view. regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-14 9:47]

Hello Neels,
A nice scanned slide of the Steenbok. The POV shows the head and neck with warm side lighting that contrasts so sharply with the dark BG that it might have been taken in a car headlight. Whatever, the effect is pleasing and the expression on its face reminds me of the Gioconda smile.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-14 10:24]

Hello Neels.
A wonderful portrait of this Steenbok. Very good sharpness and very nice dof. I like very much the composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-14 10:46]

Hello Neels.
A beautiful image of this steenbok. The look that you were able to capture is fantastic.
Very nice to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Neels,
very nice portrait. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-14 12:02]

Hello dear Neels !
Wow! a pic taken in 79 !!! It seems so long time ago...but what a sensibily!
Great portrait with a fabulous game of shadow and light.Bravissimo! I love it so much! Many thanks for sharing with us!
Have a nice week full of work ( kkkkkkk)
Your sincerely,

Hello Neels
Beautiful portrait with excellent composition and interesting lighting.

Hello Neels,
Beautiful portrait of this Steenbok, great details sharpness, nice lighting, beautiful colours against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hallo Corjan,
a very interesting portrait of this Steenbok taken from an excellent point of view with an intense eye contact, splendid warm colours, very nice close composition
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-15 5:44]

Beautiful lighting and portrait, well captured. tfs.

Neels, beautiful shot of this Steenbok. Excellent dark background. Nice job, Bill

So interesting light's managment and impressiove focused eye. Great scenographic portrait. Well done Neels!


a really beautiful portrait, TFS Ori

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