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Vervet Portrait

Vervet Portrait
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-05 5:13
Viewed: 3612
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture I took while having breakfast at a restplace in the skukuza area,this one was watching carefully for the left overs of human,however when visiting these camps you are not allowed to feed the animals and have to be carefull when leaving to leave anything on the table.

Vervet Monkey
The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), or just simply Vervet, is an African Old World monkey species that is classified into the family Cercopithecidae. The term "vervet" can also refer to all of the members of their genus, Chlorocebus.

Vervets are commonly found around South Africa, where they are classified as vermin. Sources indicate that these monkeys must go through life in constant danger of being killed by people. In South Africa, these creatures can be killed in any method without previously obtaining a permit.

The Vervet Monkey inhabits savanna and mountains up to 4000 m. Males vary in size from 45 to 85 cm and weigh between 3.5 to 7.5 kg, while females, range from 40 to 60 cm in size and between 2.5 to 5.5 kg in weight. Both have the tail lengths that can vary from 50 to 115 cm.

The Vervet Monkey is mainly frugivorous, but it also supplements its diet with a variety of other foods, including leaves, seeds, insects and small rodents. It lives in groups that of 20 or more, however sizes are often smaller. Its gestation period is 7 months with a single offspring produced and is known to have a life span of up to 20 years.

One interesting phenomenon about the Vervet Monkey is that it seems to possess what has been called the "rudiments of language". Vervet Monkey alarm calls vary greatly depending on the different types of threats to the community. There are distinct calls to warn of invading leopards, snakes, and eagles.

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Hi Paul
Cool portrait of this Vervet. It looks little bit different than Vervets I saw in the Central part of Africa. Nice details and colours.

what a cute fellow, paul! :-)
terrific close-up, with nice colors and details, especially on the fur, well composed giving him enough space to gaze at.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-05 7:16]

Hi Paul.
What an excellent portrait work of this charming monkey. Lighting and colours are perfect as well as the details and sharpness of the animal image, cropping. composition and exposure parameters. Very nice skillfully done shot. Bravo and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-05 9:21]

Hello Paul,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hi Paul,
Interesting wildlife shot. Amazing how many Afrcan shots are made in restplaces...

Evokes strong sense of our close association with apes, Paul.
Wonderful portrait. I like the patient expression in the eye of this monkey.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-05 13:18]

Hello Paul,
Excellent portrait of a Vervet Monkey. The detail and sharpness achieved not only because you could get close, but also due to skillful use of flash.
TFS and best wishes,

Excellent portarit Paul. Monkey intelligent-looking :-)
Good composition. Picture is good arrected. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-05 22:22]

Hello Paul

Hey how did yo uget a picture of me? LOL Very nicely composed with excellent details in the fur and face.The DOF and POV is very good.The OOF BG compliments the picture.Well done.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-05 23:50]

Hello Paul,
Superb details highlight this wonderful portrait of this monkey, thanks for sharing.

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