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Raphicerus campestris

Raphicerus campestris
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-07-17 8:52
Viewed: 3979
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This female Steenbok photo taken in South Africa's Kruger
is dedicated to someone from New Zealand. Someone who hated to give back her D70 she borrowed from a friend and is very happy
now to own a 40D. She's a member since 04 and her name is Janice. Janice Dunn. Thanks!

The Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa. It is also known as the "Steinbuck" or "Steinbok"; not to be confused with the Dutch-language "steenbok" which is an ibex.

I was a sign of trouble here. And the image was captured just before she lay low. Afterwards when coming closer, she ran away following a zigzag route as described very well below. And often stopped and looked back. Very predictable prostration behavior if you spot them. More images showing this behavior coming soon...


At the first sign of trouble, Steenbok typically lie low in the vegetation. If a predator or perceived threat comes closer, a Steenbok will leap away and follow a zigzag route to try to shake off the pursuer. Escaping Steenbok frequently stop to look back, and flight is alternated with prostration during extended pursuit. They are known to take refuge in the burrows of Aardvarks. Known predators include African Wild Cat, Caracal, Jackals, Leopard, Martial Eagle and Pythons.

uleko, Argus, Arjun, nglen, Jamesp, Silke, xTauruSx, boreocypriensis, Miss_Piggy, Janice, maurydv, robindb, mala-zaba, marhowie has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Silke: Hello Silke,vanderschelden 2 07-18 14:18
To nglen: Hello Nick,vanderschelden 1 07-18 13:28
To PeterZ: Dank u, Peter.vanderschelden 1 07-18 13:20
To Janice: Hello Janice,vanderschelden 1 07-18 12:30
To uleko: Thanks Ulla,vanderschelden 1 07-17 09:09
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-17 9:04]
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Hello Annick,
This is a very fine capture of this Steenbok showing its features very well. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. I like the natural background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Great picture of this common, though very shy and skittish antelope.

beautiful capture, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-17 9:48]

Hello Annick,
An excellent sharp capture of a female Steenbock taken from a fine low POV and well composed among the thorn bushes with a great OOF natural BG.

hello annick,
another fine capture from your shootings at kruger national park, nice natural colors and good details, the natural surroundings look nice,
tfs & regards

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-07-17 10:18]

hello sir,
very nice picture..a cute animal..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-17 12:30]

Hi Annick

Great close-up of this difficult to photograph antelope. Excellent pose. detail and exposure.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-17 14:44]
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A very fine capture indeed. I am pleased to see that your trip to the park was rich enough for you to still have images to post after all this time!
Wonderful colours and details here, and a fine composition
P.S. Sorry for my absence! I see I have a LOT of catching up to do before I can post anything new.

Hello Annick, perfect shot of this female Steenbok with lovely posture. TFS and Kind regards,

This technically perfect again. The little steenbok looks a bit frightened which I suppose is normal if one lives life as prey.

Evelynn : )

Hallo Annick
Surely she's sweet and lovely. I like all these small built antelopes species, and you have captured this one in a fine pose. A good close-up of a timid animal; details, colours and composition are managed well.
Thanks for sharing this fine dedication to a lovely lady and great photographer that have been part of Trek Nature for many years.
Kind regards

Hello Annick, my dear fiend,
A marvelous capture of this beautiful and adorable female Steenbok. Nice dedication to Janice too.
TFS and Cheers,


Hello Annick!
This is another great capture of mammal from S Africa. Your trip was very successful as I see. So many animalas were seen by you, ans so many photographed in really great way.
Nothing to add! :)
Best regards,

That shaky, weak kneed little Steenbok looks like me when I first used my friend's n*k*n D70 many years ago. What a change from the Sony P8.

And here I am now, nearly 4 years later, and owning a CANON 30D, still feeling shaky and weak kneed when I see your awesome images Annick.

Thank you dear friend for the dedication - I accept it gratefully.

She looks so scared of you, and you show her timidness so well. I love her colours and reading how she finally escaped from you.

Thanks Annick, I look forward to seeing more photos of these animals

Kia ora

Bellissima cattura, mi piace la composizione "dinamica" con la postura che prelude ad un'azione, ottima nitidezza. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Annick,

It is allways nice to see these shy buck in Kruger. You have shown this one well with the ears listening all over for danger. Well done


Hi Annick,
Good contrast, the subject with the background. The DOF is escellent and the Steenbok is sharp.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-18 11:49]
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Hi Annick. I thought it looked strange the way it was standing. It look like it had a problem with its hind legs. You have captured a good close up of this little one. good detail and colours. with good notes. well done TFS.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-18 13:04]
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Hallo Annick,
En de voorraad van schitterende foto's raakt maar niet uitgeput. Hier weer zo'n voorbeeld. Typische houding voor zo'n steenbokje.
Technisch een uitstekende foto in elk opzicht. Hoe krijg je hem zo dichtbij!?!?!?
Goed weekend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-19 13:13]

Hello Annick, once again you're showing us such a beautiful animal! Technically perfect and a top shelf composition, well done! Thanks!


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