|Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb)
|Date Taken: 2008-09-14|
|Camera: Canon 7D|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-09-18 3:02|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This red duiker was found browsing early in the morning browsing next to the road between Orpen and Satara in the Kruger Park. It has a definite red colour as opposed to the browner common duiker which is also found here and i posted previously. They appear very timid and dissapear quickly into the undergrowth if they feel threatened and have the habit of keeping on the move from bush to bush as they eat. Also taken with the borrowed sigma 150-500 mm IS lens|
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A duiker (pronounced /ˈdaɪkɚ/) is any of about 19 small to medium-sized antelope species from the subfamily Cephalophinae native to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Duikers are shy and elusive creatures with a fondness for dense cover; most are forest dwellers and even the species living in more open areas are quick to disappear into thickets. Their name comes from the Afrikaans word for diver and refers to their practice of diving into tangles of shrubbery.
With a slightly arched body and the front legs a little shorter than the hind legs, they are well-shaped to penetrate thickets. They are primarily browsers rather than grazers, eating leaves, shoots, seeds, fruit, buds and bark, and often follow flocks of birds or troops of monkeys to take advantage of the fruit they drop. They supplement their diet with meat: duikers take insects and carrion from time to time, and even stalk and capture rodents or small birds. The Blue Duiker has a fondness for ants.
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- [2008-09-18 3:24]
You were lucky to get such a close sharp portrait of this Red Duiker, a very shy animal I am told.
Superb pose, POV, andlighting in this fine full-frame image.
TFS this beauty,
- [2008-09-18 9:13]
Hi Robin. A cute little thing this is. I thought you had got close but reading your notes i see the lens you used. Good detail in the fur with warm colours. well done TFS. good notes too.
I wonder if you prefer the morning light or the sunset light?
Could it be that the morning light has a more golden colouration.
Anyway both lightings are beautiful.
You captured this Red duiker very well. It isn't a common species in Kruger, I think. Especially compared to the Steenbok and in a lesser degree the Klipspringer.