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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 4:32
Viewed: 6189
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On one of the first days of our krugertrip,we met a couple of klipspringers on the H3 (near a rocky area) on a morning drive from Pretoriuskop to Skukuza,this picture shows the male of this couple,hope you like him and tfw.

From wikipedia:

The Klipspringer (literally "rock jumper" in Afrikaans), Oreotragus oreotragus, also known colloquially as a mvundla (from Xhosa "umvundla", meaning "rabbit"), is a small African antelope that lives from the Cape of Good Hope all the way up East Africa and into Ethiopia.

Reaching approximately 58cm (22 inches) at the shoulder, Klipspringers are relatively small animals compared to some of their larger antelope cousins. Only the males have horns that are usually about 20-25cm (4-6 inches) long. They stand on the tips of their hooves.

With a thick and dense speckled "salt and pepper" patterned coat of an almost olive shade, Klipspringers blend in well with the kopje (rock outcrops, pronounced "kah-pee") on which they can usually be found.

Klipspringers are herbivores, eating rock plants. They never need to drink, since the succulents they subsist on provide them with enough water to survive.

The mating season for Klipspringers is from September through to January. The gestation period is about 214 days.

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Hi Paul,
Great capture, it's not easy to get a good photo of these nervous guys!
Good focus and nice light
Well done

great sharpness and composition, TFS Ori

Hello Paul,
Hello Paul,
This little antelope is not so common in Kruger. At least you don't spot it a lot.
It's definitely photographed in its habitat. Pretoriuskop and its environment wasn't part of my itinerary last year. And the only time I spotted a pair of Klipspringers was close to Lower Sabie.
Very good focus and exposure.
You can't see this in your image but it is fascinating to observe the way they stand on the tips of their hooves.
Well done

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-03 8:25]

Merhaba Paul,
Sizi görünce durup özellikle poz vermiş gibi bir hali var bu antilopun. Mükemmel renkler ve detaylarla çok hoş bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-11-03 8:52]

Hi Paul,

I like the high definition of your photo, the contrast with the blue sky and the visual contact with the antilope.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-03 10:31]

Hallo Paul,
Je zult het maar treffen, een klipspringer zo te kunnen fotograferen met een 300 mm. Jammer dat hij er niet helemaal op staat. Maar de scherpte en de aftekening tegen de lucht zijn schitterend. En dan ook nog rustig jouw kant op kijkend, i.p.v. wegvluchtend. Erg mooi.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-03 11:55]

Hi Paul. What a cut looking animal. You have taken such a clear well detail picture. I like the POV with the Klipspringer looking down at you. warm colours that stand out from the clear blue sky. well done TFS . good notes too.

Hallo paul,

alweer zo'n mooie foto van een dier uit Afrika.
Mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte.


I'm not very familiar with the little klipspringer. The low point of view is effective. Sharpness and exposure look good to me. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Evelynn : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-04 3:17]

Hello Paul, Very nice shot and good view. Lovely composition and thanks or sharing ganesh

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