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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-20 2:50
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Points: 14
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We have not had any rain yet and the veld is brown and dry but we are moving towards spring and some of the plants are starting to push out some green leaves. I found this small duiker delicately nibbling some of the leaves and then darting off to the next plant. Sometimes he pushes his head between the branches and then closes his large eyes to protect them from the thorns.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A duiker (pronounced /ˈdaɪkɚ/) is any of about 19 small to medium-sized antelope species from the subfamily Cephalophinae native to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Duikers are shy and elusive creatures with a fondness for dense cover; most are forest dwellers and even the species living in more open areas are quick to disappear into thickets. Their name comes from the Afrikaans word for diver and refers to their practice of diving into tangles of shrubbery.
With a slightly arched body and the front legs a little shorter than the hind legs, they are well-shaped to penetrate thickets. They are primarily browsers rather than grazers, eating leaves, shoots, seeds, fruit, buds and bark, and often follow flocks of birds or troops of monkeys to take advantage of the fruit they drop. They supplement their diet with meat: duikers take insects and carrion from time to time, and even stalk and capture rodents or small birds. The Blue Duiker has a fondness for ants.

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Hello Robin,
One of my favourite antelopes...
Nice catch light in its eye. You were very close. I spotted them only once (a couple)and yhey were not very shy.
I like the warm colours as well.

Hello Robin,

Beautiful portrait of this cute antelope eating the new leaves. Very good focus and sharpness. I like the shiny eye and nose. Very good light and colours.

Hi, Robin,

a lovely antelope with big beautiful eyes. I like its facial expression a lot. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-20 10:23]

Hi Robin,

Such a sweet looking little antelope. It reminds me of the deer we have here who have to be so careful of the thorny cacti. Great timing catching this one in the midst of a bite. Nice natural colors and good details - I love the ears.


This is a nice close shot of this pretty, large eyed duiker. The composition works nicely with the branch tilting in toward the duiker and his neck parallel to it. It would take a lot of those leaves to make a meal.

Evelynn ; )

What a beautiful shot. The glint in that deep dark eye just reaches out and grabs you and the rest of the shot is sharp too. The colours are lovely and the pov is beautiful too. so all around a great shot and a pleasure to look at.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-21 3:42]

Hello Robin,
A fine close porrtrait of a Duiker in a great feeding pose and excellent lighting, especially on the eye. This is a pleasing study in browns, the sharpness of the duiker making it stand out against the dry OOF vegetation.
TFS this beauty,

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