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Damara Dik-Dik

Damara Dik-Dik
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-15 9:24
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken during our travel through the Dik-Dik drive, a 6 km circle near the "Klein Namatoni" water hole. At this stage of our safari/holiday, I was quite discouraged for not getting a perfect shot of the extremely elusive Damara Dik-Dik antelope. As we came around a bend in the road, this little fella was walking towards us. Do not ask me how, but the beanbag was suddenly over the window and next I stared at this fantastic image through the lens. Luckily I managed to press the button!! I took quite a few shots but this is the best I could do, because as suddenly as it appeared, it vanished.
Hope you enjoy and comments are welcome.

Damara dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii)
Introduction: The Damara dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii) is one of Africa's smallest antelopes and a protected species in Namibia. Although they are regularly seen alone, they mate for long periods, probably for life. They are very territorial and should competition be too stiff, will move on to a new territory. Among the characteristics of the Damara dik-dik, is their proboscis nose, that can be moved in any direction to scent for specific food sources. Their hooves have well-developed black rubbery pads that act as a shock absorbers when their feet strike the hard ground, a feature of the terrain they habit, mainly dense woodland and thick scrub.

Distribution: Despite there name they are not found in the Damaraland region of Namibia, but are found at Waterberg, Okonjima, Etosha National Park, Caprivi Strip and as far south as Brukkaros Mountain. An inhabitant of dense shrub and thicket with closed canopy cover, which provide shade and protection from predators. Rocky areas with little grass are also frequented. The dik-dik is a rare and therefore protected species.

Diet: The Damara dik-dik are predominately browsers and because they are so small, it needs to eat the most nutritious part of a plant. They graze on leaves, pods, flowers and occasionally sprouting grass. Although they are independent of drinking water, they will drink from puddles when it is available.

Colouring and appearance: The upper parts of the body are yellowish-grey in colour while neck, shoulders and sides are browner. The chest and underparts are light compared to the rest of the body.
Damara Dik-Dik males are smaller and lighter than the females. The two sexes are respectively 386 mm by 5.1 kg and 394 mm by 5.6 kg. Only the rams have horns which can attain a length of 80 mm.

Breeding: The mother gives birth to one young a year after a gestation period of 6 months. This coincides with the rainy season between December to April, which gives nursing mothers the advantage of plentiful food.

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Hi Carl,
very nice photo of this animal. Really sweet and amazing. Perfect point of view. Nice natural colours.
Have a nice evening,

Hello Carl,
There is no exagerration in your statement that these tiny antelopes are extremely elusive, even along the Dik-Dik Drive which I took a number of times with only one brief sighting of one lying down and no photo. Yes, you were lucky but you were also wide awake. I wonder if there are any other Dik-Dik images on TN. Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

hello Carl
very nice picture from this little Dik
great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-15 10:13]
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Hallo Carl,
Mooie foto van deze Dik-Dik. Ik ken hem onder de naam: Kirk's Dik-Dik (english). Staat in prachtig licht. Schitterend mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Genomen in uitstekende scherpte en een goede compositie.

Love to see this truly special little antelope in the wild, Carl. Good evening!Are you shooting in Raw my friend? Did you know that in RAW you can extract between 20-25% more detail and ultimately this will reflect in a better picture, more natural and more realistic! As a rule in Sunny days I am reducing the contrast in the settings or this can be done later when converting the image from RAW to JPEG! Thank you for your kind comments in the past Carl. Greetings!
George Veltchev

Beautiful and interesting animal Carl! Who is the lucky person now?
Fantastic photo with excellent composition wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hello Carl,
Wow.....Another masterpiece from close range.....
What a splendid capture with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing natural colors and lovely composition.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-15 12:17]

Hello Carl,
very good capture of that antelope. I like the pose it has and your composition is very good. The details are sharp and the exposure is fine, well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Carl, great capture of cute creature, beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-15 12:55]

nice capture of an interesting antelope. thanks for sharing!

So great you caught her before she "vanished" GREAT CAPTURE! so thankful you shared!

Bonjour Carl,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Carl,
A very nice captured of this lovely animal, excellent details sharpness, very well exposure and lovely natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Its wonderful to share the image of this rare animal. Your photo has good detail and shows the animal very well, especially the fine patterning on the back. Its face is very interesting too.
regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-17 12:37]

Hi Carl,
Very nice photo of this antelopes. Nice natural colours and details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-17 14:32]

Hi Carl,great capture,i like the high point of view,sharpness and colors,very good light balance in a difficult situation.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Carl,you did really well to capture this shy Dik,it shows the surrounding environment very well also.
Best regards Les.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-20 9:17]

Hi Carl!
What a cute, sweet animal! Very beautiful image with the little antelope. captured in its natual environment.
Very good details and splendid natural colours.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Carl

This is a very beautiful animal, photo shot with
fine POV, wonderful light, excellent sharpness
and details, TFS


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