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Dassie Rat

Dassie Rat
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Date Submitted: 2009-06-07 6:46
Viewed: 9607
Points: 38
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My first drive in Namibia started in Windhoek and went southwards following the B1 towards the city Rehoboth. More precisely towards the Oanob Resort which is situated 7 km westwards of Rehoboth.
This animal is captured in sunset light conditions, just outside the Oanob Lake Resort chalet. When alerted they could hide between those rocks dividing the garden from the lake.
I was surprised to see these animals and saw this specie only once throughout my 2 weeks selfdrive.
I think it's a Dassie Rat...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dassie Rat, Petromus typicus, is an African rodent found among rocky outcroppings. It is the only living member of its genus, Petromus, and family, Petromuridae. The name "dassie" means "hyrax" in Afrikaans, and the two animals are found in similar habitats. Petromus means "rock mouse" and dassie rats are one of many rodents that are sometimes called rock rats. The family and genus names are sometimes misspelled as Petromyidae and Petromys.

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Ciao Annick, nice see you again on TN, great capture of lovely creature, splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-07 7:07]

Hi Annick,
Very nice capture.I liked sharpness,harmonious colors,details and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-07 8:30]

Hello Annick
Cute and perfect capture. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-07 9:13]

Hi Annick. This is new to me i have never seen this before so thank you for poasting , this fine close up picture of the Dassie Rat. You have taken it with fine detail and natural colours in the fur. With a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

PS I have sent you an email.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-07 9:20]

Hé Annick,
Dat is lang geleden! Dacht al dat je voorgoed TN verlaten had. Gelukkig niet, want als ik deze foto zie bijvoorbeeld, heb ik dit soort kwaliteit toch wel gemist. Schitterend in alle opzichten, kleur, scherpte, achtergrond, standpunt, compositie, enz. Perfect!

Good seeing you Annick...and your fine collection. This particular one looks very much like a film shot with a zillion mega pix's...It is alive with clarity!

Hello Annick,

Excellent capture.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

hallo annick
een super foto
alles klopt hier ,en een beestje wat je niet gauw tegen komt
great shot!!
groetjes lou

Hi Annick,
You managed to get a good close up and clear image of this Dassie Rat.
Everything here looks perfect.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Annik

Good capture of this unusual rodent. Great light and excellent pose on the rock. Great sharpness and composition.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-08 14:40]

Hi Annick,
A superb photo of this Dassie Rat!
Very sharp with loads of detail.
Nice, soft light and a smooth background.

Well done,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-08 22:05]

Hi Annick.
Your trip is over and we can watch your nice shots again. This one is composed amazingly and pictured scene is touching. The mood of beautiful animal is reflected perfectly as well as all other details including impressive stone as a stage. Well done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-01 17:25]
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Wow, that is sharp, Annick!
A beautiful presentation of this unusual animal in perfect lighting.
I am always excited to make the acquaintance of a new species.
Thanks for the informative note.
TFS. : )

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2009-08-15 22:05]
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Hi Annick,

I've never critiqued a photo of a rat before. The Dassie Rat seems to be a lot easier to live with than the varieties we see in North America, however. Your photo is very sharp and shows off the Dassie Rat very well. The light tan BG pushes the rat on its rock into the FG. The fur and markings on the rat are excellent.

A Google search I did produced a reference to the Dassie Rat in a book entitled, "Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa", by Chris Stuart. That publication states that the animal is "frequently observed basking in the early-morning sun, much like its namesake the dassie." That led me to track down the dassie. Its full name is the Rock Dassie, or Procavia capensis. The site, www.krugerpark.co.za, says that it is a "tail-less guinea-pig-like animal." It is also said to be as large as a rabbit.

Thanks for bringing this animal, and its namesake cousin, to my attention. It must have been a very interesting trip to Namibia!


Hello Annick,
at first thank you for your qualified and appreciated comment about my picture;
what a fantastic capture of this Rat taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and lighting, i like very much its posture on the rock in a very pleasing and harmonious composition.
I wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy Year 2010
Ciao Maurizio

wowww... what a cute rat which i see firstly Annick.
Pleasant shot in every way and it stand out well against the plain and harmonic cloloured background.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


Hi Annick,
You managed perfection in this crystal clear capture of the dassie rat. The soft light has a great effect on the warm colors. TFS. :)

100 out of 100!!!
Best regards,

Looks like it's a rocky road in you're a rat in Namibia, life is tough..
Although this one seems to be in very good shape, hasn't missed many meals it seems ;)
Well done Annick.

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