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Isn't he cute???

Isn't he cute???
Photo Information
Copyright: Odette Van Nieuwholtz (OdetteVN) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 75-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-12-07 11:36
Viewed: 4932
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

General Characteristics
Body Length: 57-62 cm / 1.9-2 ft.
Shoulder Height: 33-38 cm / 13-15 in.
Tail Length: 8-13 cm / 3.2-5.2 in.
Weight: 4-6 kg / 9-13 lb.

The general coat colour is reddish brown, with the back darker than the flanks and legs, and the head and muzzle reddish. The underparts, including the chin, throat, and insides of the legs, are white. There is a lighter ring around the eye. The legs are ringed with a black band just above the hooves. The wideset, black-coloured horns, borne only by males, are ridged for most of their length, and grow 6.5-13.3 cm / 2.6-5.3 inches long, slanting back in line with the face.

Ontogeny and Reproduction
Gestation Period: About 6 months.
Young per Birth: 1
Weaning: About 2 months.
Sexual Maturity: 1-1.5 years.
Life span: Up to 10 years.
Most births occur from November to March. Slightly darker than adults, the young are kept hidden.

Ecology and Behavior
The suni is primarily active during the evening and night, sleeping the rest of the day in a shady, sheltered area. These shy antelope have excellent camouflage, which they use to their advantage. When danger starts to approach, the suni freezes, remaining hidden until the threat is nearly on top of them, at which point it leaps up and dodges around bushes and shrubs, quickly vanishing into the undergrowth. Males defend territories of about 3 hectares, scent-marking the boundaries with preorbital gland secretions. On the peripheries of each defended area may be individual or communal dung piles. Each male generally associates with a single female, even if several others share his territory. Weak barking and sharp whistling have been reported.
Family group: Pairs or small groups of a single male and a few females.
Diet: Leaves, buds, shoots, fungi, fruits, rarely grasses.

Main Predators: All predators the size of the suni and up, including cats, birds of prey, and snakes.

Dry country with dense, tangled underbrush in southeastern Africa.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 11:38]

Hi Odette, what a cutie. Very nice to see this small one. I love the little horns. I like the saturation in this one and there is a nice catchlight in it's eye. I think it could do again with a weeny bit of USM, but not too much.

Great portrait, well done.

bonjour odette
c'est une tres belle photo que voila et merci pour la note.

Hi Odette,
realy lovely, I like the big eye with the light-reflection in it. Also a wonderful green BG, excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Cute little antelope with nice composition. They have a very similiar appearance to the dik-dik which is also comparitive in height & weight, excellent accompanying note as well. :)

Superb animal! good, solid BG and nice presentaion! TFS!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-07 18:49]

Hi Odette,
Very cute!
Great POV and nice frame,
very good colours and details.
Well done!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-08 3:26]

A great shot of this little guy. Sharp details and beautiful colors. Great POV. Those big eyes... very cute indeed.
Well done, Odette, and TFS. : )

Yes it is cute!

Lovely out of focus BG, and well composed. Nice portrait. The colors are very good. Try a little more sharpening. Play around with the settings until you get the desired "sharper" look. It has nothing to do with the shooting most digital photos needs a little sharpening.

Very well done. I like it!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:48]

Hy is baie "cute" Oudette. Maybe a little sharper focus. Otherwise a good portrait.


Hello Odette! This is and excellent portrait. Eposure is perfect and the soft light is beautiful. Animal detach beautifully against the blured BG. Focus is good, could be slightly sharper, but I glad you didn't put this image away because of that. A small adjustement in PP would imporve that.
Excellent portrait and TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-09 1:38]

Yes, great "cute factor" indeed!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Odette.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-10 21:35]

Muito meigo o animalzinho!! Um excelente retrato. Ótimo POV.
Muito bem realizado. Parabéns.

Very sweet the animal!! An excellent photo. Great POV.
Very well accomplished. Congratulations.
I am an accountant also! I have an office that renders accounting services in my city, for small companies and liberal professionals (there are many years...).

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-11 3:35]

Yes, he is realy cute and you captured him very well, great job ! In your profile you said that you are amateur, I think you are more. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Odette,
Indeed he is cute!
You produced a very nice portrait of this little friend. I like the composition, good sharp details and fresh bright colours. Well done!
Thx and regards, Ruud

He is very cute, no doubt! Great POV and a wonderful portrait, I just wish it was a tiny bit sharper!


Nice shot ! This animal is really cute indeed :p

Hi, Odette.
This is very lovely. Excellent composition and DOF. Sharp. Good colors.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-05-31 7:22]

Hi Odette,
Very good photo, with good composition, colors, light and details. Is this the same animal called dikdik in Kenya? The smallest antiope? I lived there as a child and remenber they are very shy.

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