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?? Can you see me??

?? Can you see me??
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-22 3:38
Viewed: 4598
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm on a rock on the right… can you see me??

(Oreotragus oreotragus)
The best places to look for klipspringers are the kopjes of the savannahs, rocky prominences that jut up from the plains, islands of stone anchored in seas of grass. Its home is in Africa, from the Cape region in the south up through eastern Africa to Abyssinia.
Klipspringers are strictly monogamous, and are usually seen within a few feet of their mate. The basic pair behavior relative to predators is that, while one klipspringer eats, the other acts as a lookout. Males are strongly territorial, and it's territorial dominance extends over five to ten acres.
Klipspringers love to nibble the secretion from each other's face, which in both sexes exudes from the pre-orbital glands and dries up quickly. Both males and females also mark with it. The klipspringer is as surefooted as a mountain goat, and when it is pursued it leaps from crag to crag and seems to bound up the side of a steep cliff as if it were flying.
When the klipspringer is standing still, it brings its front and hind legs together in one spot, which is rather unique in horned ungulates. Also, the klipspringer is the only horned ungulate, when lying down, that can stretch both front legs forward and parallel to each other. This occurs only in goats which are not closely related to it.
The klipspringer's alarm call is a loud whistling through the nose. When they are fearful and distressed they make roaring sounds with their mouths open. During mating, the males hum briefly and softly.
The Klipspringer eats rock plants, especially succulents. It never drinks water, but absorbs what liquid is necessary by eating succulent leaves or by licking up the dew in the early morning.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-22 3:50]

Hi Andrea,

This klipspringer is one with it's environment. Amazing!
Warm colors and an interesting composition. TFS.


bonjour Andrea
tres jolie cette presentation acec ce joli paysage et en prime ce petit klipspringer qui se fond dans son environnement.

Merci et bravo....JP

Hello Andrea, excllent details, BG, POV, Great work, TFS Kyle

Interesting shot Andrea, if you didn't indicate, it's hard to find that antelope. It looks very sweet :-) Thank you,

Hello Andrea,
this is a very nice picture. Excellent details and good tones of colours. A great capture, very well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Andrea,
Beautiful landscape to show the klipspringer it's very good idea.Great shot.
Thank you

This is like one of those "I Spy" puzzle books. The contrast here makes it seem more sureal and mysterious. I'd never heard of this animal before, so it was nice to see, well done.

Ciao Andrea. Bella ambientazione per questa foto. La gazzella è visibilissima e posizionata bene. Il contrasto e la luce sono ottimi, come pure i dettagli.
Ciao.. spero a presto.. lunedì operano Vally.

Hi Andrea,
Your colours here are excellent, and the Klipspringer blends in so nicely. That's probably a good thing. The vegatation looks like it can take some heat. Your notes are great. Thanks Janice

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