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Am I an elephant?

Am I an elephant?
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Copyright: Jean Patrick Reiner (bedford67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 164] (438)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta XD7, 135mm f/2,8, Polarization filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-06 19:13
Viewed: 5735
Points: 32
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Rock Hyrax - Daman des rochers (Procavia capensis)

Order (Ordre): Hyracoidea
Family(Famille): Procaviidae
Height(Taille): 50 cm
Weight(Poids): 5 kg

The hyrax is so unlike other animals that it is placed in a separate order (Hyracoidea) by itself. It is said to be the elephant's nearest living relative. This is true to a certain extent, but misleading since the relationship stems from a remote ancestor common to hyraxes, sea cows (dugongs and manatees) and elephants. The hyrax, also called rock rabbit, is a small furry mammal. It looks like a robust, oversized guinea pig, or a rabbit with rounded ears and no tail.
The hyrax lives in small colonies in the rocks. The day it is heated by the sun by taking care not to be taken for target by the eagle, its principal predator. It is herbivorous.
It is not too savage and it approaches readily the houses such lodges. It is besides in this place that I could photographed our star of the day.

These comments are inspired by this article here.

By hoping that you like this photograph, I will be happy to know your comment, thank you.


Le Daman est si différent d'autres animaux qu'il est placé dans un ordre séparé (Hyracoidea). Il serait le parent vivant le plus proche de l'éléphant. C'est vrai dans une certaine mesure, mais trompeur puisque cette relation proviendrait d'un ancêtre lointain commun aux damans, aux vaches marines (dugongs et lamantins) et aux éléphants.
Le daman, également appelé lapin de roche, est un petit mammifère à fourrure. Il ressemble à un cobaye robuste et surdimensionné, ou à un lapin avec les oreilles arrondies et sans queue.
Le daman vit en petites colonies dans les rochers. Le jour il se chauffe au soleil en prenant de soin de ne pas être pris pour cible par l'aigle, son principal prédateur. Il est herbivore.
Il n'est pas trop farouche et il approche volontiers les habitations tels les lodges. C'est d'ailleurs à cet endroit que j'ai pu photographié notre vedette du jour.

Ces commentaires sont inspirés de cet article .

En espérant que cette photo vous plaît, je serai heureux de connaître votre avis, merci.

chiliu, TAZ, Comandante, AndyB, dew77, Janice, red45, slrnovice2, manyee, Luc, PDP, JeanMichel, luvsdogs3, halki, Fernandez has marked this note useful
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It is amazing that these creatures are related to elephants. You have good detail in this shot.


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-06 21:59]

Very good shot of this strange creature!
Excellent colour and details.

Belle photo, j'aime beaucoup cette vue de profil.
Bravo !

Hello Jean!
very nice and interresting capture.Colors,lighting and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-07 4:00]

A very nice shot of this unusual animal.
Good composition,nice lighting and sharp detail.
An interesting note too.
Great work,well done.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-07 4:36]

Hello Jan!
Wonderful shot.I liked,lighting and composition very much.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-07 5:44]

Hi J-Patrick. I have heard of these elephant rellies, but not seen one before. Very interesting to read about it, thank you. Definitely doesn't look like one!!
You show him very well, he's nice and sharp and his fur looks good. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-07 5:54]

Definitelly not, you're not an elephant ;-) Jean Patrick - another great animal and great photo! I like warm, desert colours on it. Cute mammal in nice pose ;-)

Hello Jean Patric!
What a cute photo in superb pose!!!
You made it just wonderful! GREAT shot!

Hi Jean, what a lovely shot. Your exposure is great, giving good colour and I like the composition. I think the DOF is a little narrow but it is perfectly sharp where it really counts and so that is a very minor nit. Lovely details in the coat. Great shot, TFS :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-08 3:33]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this Daman! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing Jean Patrick.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-08 3:52]

Very interesting animal, Jean Patrick. A new one for me. Great capture with sharp details and good light. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-09 16:36]

Hello Jean-Patrick!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete et bilingue.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good Sunday in France!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-18 18:07]

I wonder if the elephant sends it a birthday card? :-)

Very nice shot. The composition and POV are very good and the warm colours are very pleasing. Very well done Jean Patrick.

Excellente note pour compléter une photo qui détaille bien cet animal particulier. Le petit reflet dans l'oeuil ajoute un côté malicieux qui le rend sympathique. Une très belle illustration, aux couleurs harmonieuses jusqu'à l'arrière-plan bien qui se fond bien dans l'image. Merci Jean-Patrick.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-10 5:28]

Hello Jean!
Very nice capture!Colours, details,light and DOF great.
Thanks for posting.

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