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dikdik
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Copyright: Nicolas Degand (kb10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-09-22 5:00
Viewed: 5033
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I took this picture just in our hotel. It was at the masai camp, and just behind our tent I saw something moving. It was these two dickdick. A spanish tourist said that she saw a buffalo.

Well, it's magic, you can see animals in your hotel, and at 5am your hear lions.

Dikdik:

Scientific Name: Madoqua kirkii
Size: 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 10 to 12 pounds
Lifespan: 3 to 4 years, 10 years in captivity
Habitat: Dense forest to open plains
Diet: Herbivorous
Gestation: 6 months
Predators: Humans, many small carnivores

Dikdiks are tiny antelopes of dainty appearance that are slightly larger than a hare. Even so, they are not the smallest antelopes in Africa, a distinction that goes to the dwarf royal antelope of West Africa. The other very small antelope in Africa is the suni, somewhat smaller than the dikdik.

Dikdiks live in various habitats with good cover and plentiful browse, but without tall herbage. They are known to move to different ranges when grasses grow too high and obstruct their view.

Females are slightly larger than the males. Only the males have horns, which are small, spikelike and incline backwards.

Dikdiks have elongated snouts that look like a little proboscis, or trunk. The nose is mobile with the upper end slightly forked, an interesting adaptation to living in hot, dry climates. It is enlarged, and the inside passage functions as a blood-cooling mechanism when the bellowslike muscles increase the airflow into the nose. The blood is pumped to the nose where airflow and subsequent evaporation cools the blood before it is recirculated to the body. This is just one of several mechanisms the dikdik uses to reduce water loss.

They live as monogamous pairs in their territories and are almost always accompanied by the latest young. After a fawn is born, the female can become pregnant again within 10 days. Their high-quality browse diet is probably what allows a female to be pregnant and lactate at the same time.

Their predators are numerous, including monitor lizards, eagles, pythons, smaller cats such as the caracal, as well as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs and humans. Even though small, with sticklike legs, the dikdik can put up a good defense, sometimes doing considerable damage with its razor-sharp hooves.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
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I am talking under correction (please rectify me if I am wrong) but a relative the Damara DikDik is the smallest antilope. Your composition is nice and portrays their natural habitat well. Have you ever tried using a fill flash for these shots. They help a lot, even in direct sunlight. You have posted a very good note with this.

It's a rare catch, Nicolas. For this alone you deserve all the points. I know of very little people that have seen them in the wild. Japie brushed on most aspects needed to improve tgis composition. Nice note too.

very pretty shoot, i like the light, and the natural composition is good !
thank for sharing ;)

For a snatched shot it is a very good image , it gives us a good view of their suroundings too.I might either of cloned out the fuzzy leaf on the left or done a slightly different crop to exclude it.
The notes and your direct observations are very good.

Hi Nicolas, given the fact that this shot is not done in a zoo or park where the animals can't really run away, this is a very good shot. Very good detail and colors. Your note is also very good. Thanks for posting.

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