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Big ears for Gannu

Big ears for Gannu
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, Dedications at treknature: Part Five, Dedications I have made, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 20:48
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Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Steenbok / Raphicerus campestris

I would like to dedicate today's posting to Ganesh Narayanan (Gannu). I want to thank Ganesh for the compassion, interest and concern he has shown towards Loot in this time that he has been hospitalised and operated on, as well as afterwards during his recovery. Both Loot and I appreciate this gesture and friendliness from him. Loot was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call of well wishes all the way from India. This phone call actually made me realise that this dedication was long overdue; as I received the same concern and kindness in the time I had pleurisy, and was not able to participate on Trek Nature as much as I would have loved to. Every now and again an e-mail would pop up in my inbox from Ganesh, enquiring about the state of my health. Even little Vignesh, his 12 year old son, enquired about my health and that gesture I'll keep close to my heart, as it was very special at the time.

In the 9 months that I have been part of Trek Nature I have learned to know Ganesh as a humble person with a pleasant personality that always aims to please his fellow members. Do yourself a favour and drop by Ganesh's gallery for a treat of some wonderful shots, you won't be sorry that you did.

General Overview
The steenbok is a small antelope that lives on the plains of South Africa, as well as Tanzania, south Kenya and Mozambique. It is one of the loveliest and most lovable of the African bucks. The steenbok prefers to live in a dry area that feature rocks and bushy areas. It has large eyes, gigantic ears and a tuft of a tail. The female is usually larger than the male, weighing in at about 13 kilograms (30 pounds). The colouring of the animal is rufous fawn with white on the abdomen, inside legs, eyebrows and a patch on the throat. It has facial glands in front of its eyes.

Only the male steenbok has horns. These are almost vertical from the head, with a slight curve at the tip. They are sharp and smooth. He will not use these implements to ward off predators, however if an attacker approaches, the steenbok will lie flat in the grass. He will keep his large ears folded back. He will stay frozen in such a position until the predator is almost within reach. Then he will jump to his feet and run as fast as he can. Every now and again he will look back to see how close his pursuer has gotten.

The steenbok does not group together in large herds. The average square mile of steenbok country may feature between one and ten animals. Essentially, though, the animal is sedentary. He will feed throughout the daylight hours.

The steenbok has a pedal gland which is apparently unused. They also have a gland underneath the throat called an intermandibular gland. This is better developed in males than in females. The only other antelope that has been seen to exhibit such a gland is the European Musk Deer.

The steenbok is a herbivore, feeding on the leaves of bushes and most grasses. It is preyed on by all of the African big cats, as well as baboons and other large monkeys. The martial eagle is yet another feared predator. However, some steenbok have been recorded to feed on meat by killing young ground birds. This would be very rare, however, done during a time of hardship.

The male steenbok will mark out an exclusive territory, of which he will be protective. It would appear that the male will use such man made barriers as telegraph lines to mark out his territory.

A characteristic of the steenbok is that before it defecates or urinates, it will first clear a spot with its front hooves and then, afterwards, cover over the contents by scraping soil over the spot. This marks the steenbok as the only bovine to scrape the ground before urinating.

The steenbok mainly breeds around the October through December period, but this can occur at any time of the year. Gestation period is five and a half months. Babies are normally born singly. The steenbok is monogamous and will remain mated for life.

The steenbok has been known to take refuge from predators in aardvark burrows. The burrows are also used as places for the female to breed. They can also serve as a type of nursery for the baby until it is able to fend for itself.

The steenbok is a vital source of food for the famous Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Despite this, however, the Bushmen hold the steenbok in high regard. Many times the Bushmen have observed the animal standing without fear as white men have blasted rifle shots in its direction, to nonchalantly wander out of gunshot range when it gets the urge to do so. It is this fearlessness, along with the grace and agility of the steenbok that has won this incredible animal the respect that it so richly deserves among the natives of Africa. Source

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna

Ahhh! What a wonderful portrait of this beautiful deer.
The alert "I'm all ears" pose is fantastic.
Excellent focus and details.
The eye contact is superb.
Your POV is amazing as well.
An all round excellent image to dedicate to Ganesh.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-11 20:58]

Merhaba Anna,
Bu ürkek ve bir o kadar sevimli hayvanı tam da böyle bir bakış esnasında nefis yakalamışsın. Bakışında ve dikkat kesilişinde sizin farkınıza varmış ve ne yaptığınızı anlamaya çalışıyor gibi merakla bakıyor. Ürkek ama telaşsız.
Tüm detaylar güzel bir ışık kullanımıyla ve yumuşak bir sunumla ustaca işlenmiş. Başarılı bir çalışma. Eline sağlık. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile .


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-11 23:22]

a very nice one Anna,
the pov is good and the details are super, I like the big ears here and the look into the lens, good photojob, have a nice day.
regard Jaap

Ciao Anna,
meraviglioso ritratto, splendida composizione per la bellissima postura e lo sguardo diretto, mi piace molto la simmetria creata dal naso, occhi ed orecchie, eccellente definizione, molto belli i colori e delicato BG.

Hallo Anna,

A very good portrait shot of this Steenbok. Good focus and DOF. This is one of my favourite animals, very well done and TFS.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-12 0:52]

Hi Anna,
Magnificent portrait.POV,eye contact,expression on face,details and composition are perfect.Have a great day!
Thanks for posting.

A fine study of this curious looking frontal pose Anna, the sharply captured and well exposed image displays a high degree of fine detail about this beautiful mammal, those eyelashes really look quite captivating my friend, TFS this beautiful composition.

Hi Anna, Excellent portrait of this Steenbok. Nice and sharp and I like the sunlight highlighting the face. You are extremely fortunate, these animnals are very shy and to get a shot like this means you were "at the right place at the right time"
Once again, well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-12 5:14]

Hi Anna,really a fanatstic portrait,isn't easy to comment a perfection like that,colors and details at the top,just my best compliments for this beautiful work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-12 5:20]

Hi Anna.
I have read your heartfelt note with great interest and pleasure. Thanks for warm words as well as thanks for this touching picture of a charming animal which looks like one who repeats (or delivers) your dedication. Superb composition and framing. Amazing lights and reproduction all attractive details and features of this tender creature. My best wishes and TFS.

Ciao again Anna, lovely portrait of cute creature with sweet expression, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-11-12 6:53]

Hi Anna, excellent portrait. Never new such big ears could look so cute. Good details and sharp focus, well captured and TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-12 8:06]

Hello Anna,
This is a portrait in great quality. Everything is so good. Perfect sharpness and frontal POV. The ears are superb. But all the other aspects in this photo are also amazing. Congratulations with this beauty.

hello anna,

this is a well deserved dedication to a good friend, a good photographer and a good human being. I have never met ganesan but we talk on phone regulary and what ever you have mentioned about him is very correct.

regading the image i liked the pose, the eye contact and the way you have composed this shot,

well done ,
tfs & regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-12 9:47]

Hi Anna,

A nice capture of this steenbok with a good frontal POV,what I noticed this last krugerttrip that these steenboks were easier to approach then on my previous krugerttrips,tfs


Dear Anna,
Excellent close up of steenbok with great details with unique hairy ears, expression & eye contact. TFS.

Hi Anna,

Beautifull portrait of these big ears
i love the eye contact in this perfect composed shot
Excellent POV, sharpnesss, colors and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hello Anna,

Fantastic capture.
Nice colours with good detail.
Lighting and sharpness are excellent.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-12 12:21]

I must confess to not knowing of Loots illness, and i wish him a speedy and full recovery. Please pass on my best wishes!
Now then, those ears! Wow! Hard not to fall in love with them! A striking portrait, made all the better by the fine details and and wonderful eye contact. Well shot, Anna.

Anna : Bravo
et merci pour cette splendide prise de vue..

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-12 20:30]

Dear Anna,
You are welcome anytime. Thanks for your nice dedication. To tell you "Lord Ganesha" has a big ears and my name is Ganesh. The picture is so beautiful and lovely (like me). Thank you for your nice gesture. Ganesh

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-12 23:28]

Hello Anna

An excellent shot of this Steenbok - although I have seen quite a few I have never been able to get as close. The detail and lighting are spot-on.


Good photo Anna! - I like the "leather look" of the ears and the eye shadow :-) Very interesting notes.
(will take some landscape pictures this week-end on the South Coast) maybe we can place one or two? :-)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-14 10:58]

Hello Anna , Splended shot of capture ,wonderfull pose great details lovely one ,I like it ,tfs , Greetings Teunie .

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-15 4:37]

merhaba anna
wonderful portrait photo of this cute model with nice eye contact
i like pose, POV, light, colours and sharpness

Merhaba Anna,çok sevimli ve çok masum bir bakışı var.Harika bir portre olmuş.Doğanın kanunuda olsa umarım bir yırtıcının pençeleri arasında olmaz,ellerine sağlık :)

Your description of Ganesan is very apt, Anna. I met him personally a few months back; we live almost in the same city. He is a gentle and caring person, no doubt. I am touched by his concern for yours and Loot's health. Hope both of you are well now.
Regarding your picture of "Big Ears", it is an adorable capture. Steenbok is a lovely creature and its ears are truly special. I am intrigued by those hairy patterns inside them. The picture in the portrait orientation is just beautiful.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hello Anna,

great close up from this Steenbok, very good eye contact.
Nice pov and beautiful natural colours.


Hi Anita!

You present us a delightful portrait of a Steenbok. The thumbnail does not allow to imagine how beautiful it would be once opened. The picture yet is classical, but also technically perfect. The sharpness is superb and shows rich details. Moreover, the picture does not only just show a portrait, but also reflects an expression. In addition to that, the title and the subject match very well. It's impressive and funny at the same time to look at the animal's ears with the symmetric shapes and patterns. Your notes are very interesting and detailed, too.

Kind regards


Hi Anna, i especially love this shot because i love big earlaps:). Nice dedication to our kind friend Ganesh too.
TFS and cheers, take care you and Loot!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-18 23:16]

Hello Anna
She is a sweet little thing... Excellent sharpness and focus, I feel I could reach out and touch her.
She is so alert and the eyes are so beautiful
Well shot and thank you for sharing.

Hello Anna, a cute animal:) and perfect portrait shot of this beauty. I also love its big ears.
TFS and regards,

Hello Anna,
Great closer up portrait of this steenboik with his
big ears, he's adorable, excellent sharpness and clarity, superb details in the fur, beautiful natural colors and
very nice eye contact.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-20 5:35]

hello Anna,
This is really a lovely creature. These ears, just too cute and the eyelashes, like a Diva! Gannu must have been very happy about this dedication. Your portrait of this female Steenbok is great, very natural and touching.You did an excellent job. Thanks also for the interesting note, telling us for instance how clean these animals are.
Best regards

Hi Anna,
Love dem' big doppy ears, they're so cute when you get up this close..
Well composed portrait with great color, exposure, and head-on POV.
The out of focus BG is great also.
Well done!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-24 8:51]

Hi Anna

A very beautiful portrait of this cute Steenbok here!
I love the fact that you've caught it looking straight at you...that direct eye-contact is terrific and adds so much more impact to the photo.
The details are again very nice (especially from a compact cam) and the BG is great, too - a bit blurred so that it would distract too much, but also present, to give an even more natural feel to the shot.
Nice work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Anna,
amazing beautiful, its very lovely, but also its shot wonderful. You capture it with a perfect timing. Eyes contact wonderful, as like focus, POV and composition. Also colors superb. Its large ears show it very lovely. This is nice dedication to our TN friend Narayanan. Thanks for sharing, best wishes to you and Loot.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-24 22:48]

Un joli portrait bien documenté.
Bonne journée.

Hi once more Anna
another splendid shot. beautiful steenbok with wonderful details and composition. i like its expression on her face.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-27 6:39]

Hello Anna, very nice image of this cute steenbok. Details, sharpness and composition wonderful.
TFS an G's,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-27 10:03]

Hello Anna! Perfect portrait of this Deer, great eye-contact, very sharp image and a very good exposure. I love the little wet nose! Well done and thanks!


hello Anna

what a lovely portrait shot of this wonderful wild animal,
shot with excellent POV and appropriate framing,
i love to see that big ears, excellent sharpness and details,
and a wonderful eye-contact with you, TFS


Hi Anna,
this is an interesting looking creature and it's ears are a wonder being as heavily haired as they are,it must get cold over night in the area of the world where it lives.The next feature that catches my eyes are it's own as they are very large and doe like,so innocent looking if you will.This photo has very good colour and well focused details that bring out it's features in a most pleasant way.Thank you for sharing this one with the world. Bob

Wow! My goodness... just look at those eyes! I'm not familiar with your camera... about how close did you have to get to this fellow in order to get such a sharp, frame filling shot? Nice work

Evelynn ; )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-12 18:01]

Hello Anna,
Big ears , big eyelashes and big eyes. What a beautiful species, you have captured in this splendid portrait. Thank you for sharing Anna.

Hello Anna,
Thank you for sharing this handsome and cute fellow with a big ears!
this is a very fine closeness with that sharpness, excellent!
the colour and lighting is spot on!
well done
take good care and my warmest regards from a distance friend

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-15 12:04]

Hi Anna

What a beauty, I love the big dark eyes and the great eye lashes. The eye contact is superb. The shiny wet nose is lovely as well. Gorgeous portrait



hej anna!
what a fine animal!
very nice too see this one
good shoot with good quality
well done!

Hello Anna! Perfect capture, ideal contrast and sharpness, nice colours, good saturation. Well done!

Impresinante !!!!!!!!!!!

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