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Black-tipped mongoose

Black-tipped mongoose
Photo Information
Copyright: Andreas Mostert (awmostert) (26)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 5, Canon EF70-200/2.8L and 2x Ext, Fuji Velvia 50, Sunpak UV
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-14 0:12
Viewed: 5634
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Slender or Black-Tipped Mongoose
(Herpestes sanguinea)

SIZE: Length (including the tail) 60 cm, (f) 55 cm, mass (m) 640 g, (f) 460 g.
COLOUR: A wide colour range: from reddish-brown to yellowish or dark brown to olive grey, the body colour being speckled with grey. Underparts are less speckled and the tip of the tail is black or reddish-black. The tail are unfortunately not visible here, but I can assure you the tip was black with this fellow. Their eyes are yellow.

Although it can climb trees when being chased or searching for food, it is normally earthbound, making its home in the shelter of rocks or stones, fallen trees and other vegetation, or in the disused burrow of an aardvark. When this animal runs for cover, it holds its body flat and its tail horizontal, but just as it reaches cover, the black tipped tail flicks up vertically. It tends to use well-worn tracks, which make it vulnerable to birds of prey.It can distinguish between predators such as eagles and other, harmless birds such as crows, and will often freeze until it has identified the danger.

Active by day, it only occurs where dense cover and holes for sleeping are available. It occurs through most of Africa, south of the Sahara.

Small vertebrates form the bulk of its diet, but invertebrates and fruits are also taken.

The young are born in holes in the ground, or in crevices, under tree roots, or in any substantial shelter available. These are usually solitary animals.

Film: Fuji Velvia ISO 50
Scanned with Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED
Worked in Photoshop CS only for sharpening using Photokit Sharpening Expert plugin and to adjust levels. Some cropping done to bring the animal a little more off-centre.

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Hi Dries, Welkom hier by Treknature. Ek is altyd bly as ons meer plaaslike talent by kry.

It's a beautifull capture of a rare critter. The focus is sharp where it should be. Those eyes are exceptionally hypnotic. :) Nice write up too. Keep up the good work.

Jy sal moet oorweeg om kritiek op die ander se fotos te lewer. So leer jy die mense ken op die site (...en hulle jou)

A real beauty, Andreas! Very, very nice photo: composition, details, point of view, and a great note. Excellent work. Thanks for posting.

Great post, very good framing. It could be a bit brighter.
Well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-14 11:35]

Very good image Andreas. Nice DOF and POV
Well done

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