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Springhare First on TN

Springhare First on TN
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-23 11:47
Viewed: 4927
Points: 16
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this quite common animal of Africa is seldom photographed as they are purely night animals. This picture was taken dureing a night game drive at Tree Tops Tarangire Lodge.
I haven't found any picture of this animal on TN so maybe it is the first one, if not please let me know.

from Wikipedia
The springhare (Pedetes capensis), or springhaas, is not actually a hare, but a member of the order Rodentia; it is one of a number of species in the genus Pedetes.
e springhare resembles a small kangaroo (though unrelated) with well-developed hind legs, which allows it to leap over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in a single bound. It is for this ability that it gets its name. This animal grows to be around 3545 cm (1418 in) in length excluding its long tail, and weighs an average of 3 kg (6.6 lb). The tail adds to another 3647 cm (1419 in) in length. The colour of this mammal varies from a reddish-brown to a pale grey, with a black tip on the tail. The springhare lives only in south-eastern Africa, feeding on plant matter and even occasionally insects. They have four toes on their hind feet with claws that look like small hoofs; these are wider than those found on the forefeet. They have a thick muscular neck supporting their short head. They also have large eyes, and their ears have a tragus that prevents sand from entering when they are digging.
The springhare was listed as vulnerable by the IUCN in 1996 due to an approximately 20% decrease in the population over the previous ten years. This has been caused by intense hunting and the loss of habitat. In 2001 their status was reclassified to least concern

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Hi Tom
Interesting animal and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.

Lovely species, expertly captured.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-23 13:07]

Hello Tom,
Excellent and very beautiful photo of this Springhaas. The light from the flash did its work very well. Fantastic sharpness, details and there's even eye contact. Taken from a very good low POV. Congratulations to be the first on TN with this lovely animal.

hello Tom

congratulations for this first one on TN,
this is a very cute small animal with his
lovely eye-contact, you spotted superbly
with excellent focus sharpness and details,



Hi Tom,this little creature sure has an adorable look to it with those big eyes and ears.I see you have used flash to make the capture and it looks very good and all the more so considering the fairly slow speed.I see your meta data shows you used an eos 60D and a 7D.How do you find these cameras compare to each other as I'm thinking of buying one as gift and someone who knows,purhaps you could give a recommendation.Thanks for sharing this smallish rodent with us.This is the first time I have ever seen a photo of one.


Wonderful stuff and congratulation for the first in TN post of this remarkably interesting creature! Fantastic point of view, colors and together with that brilliant use of fill in flash you have managed to crate a gorgeous image! I love it!
George Veltchev

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-24 2:10]

Hi Tom.
Your shot is very natural. It seems that the charming animal even dose not notice your presence. Its pose and glance are very cute as well as surroundings. DOF is precise, main subject is in focus and scenery in blurred nicely. TFS and best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-24 6:30]

Hi Tom,
what an exciting capture with the dark shiny eye so well seen. Its glance and slight turn make this view a pleasant and attractive presentation.
Nice details of the furs and the colours resemble the dried grass in the surrounding produced a wonderful effect.


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