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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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2009-05-23 4:57
Viewed: 8784
Points: 30
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First of all thanks on your comments on my previous upload,today again another one from kruger,this steenbok (male)we found on our morning drive from the Satara restcamp,it was eating not far away from the road from this sticky bush,it did not bother him that we were standing that close,hope you like him as well,thanks for watching and have a pleasant weekend.

Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Steenbok is a very small antelope. Only the male Steenbok has horns. Steenbok prefer open plains with bush and light woodland. They may be completely independent of water. When disturbed they run a short distance, stop, and turn to face back. They live alone except during mating season. They are both grazers and browsers. Reputed to take refuge underground in disused Aardvark burrows. These burrows are reputed to be used as "nurseries" for young.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-23 5:06]

Hello Paul
Another wonderful portrait with excellent details and natural colors. Perfect BG too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-23 5:27]

Hallo Paul,
Schitterend portret van deze steenbok. Prachtige scherpte en natuurlijke kleuren. Elk detail is zichtbaar. Goede compositie. Mooie zacht getinte achtergrond. Bijzondere foto!

amazingly sharp close up, TFS Ori

Hello Paul !
This is such a beautiful animal - I love her big black eyes, her pointy horns, her cute face and her huge ears, she's so lovely. I also like her pose while you have captured her during eatin. Excellent details, natural colors, wonderful composition and POV. Very well done !

Hi Paul,

An outstanding capture of this beautiful little animal with great colors, sharpness & detail.

Well done & TFS.



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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2009-05-23 10:29]

Hi Paul,

What a marvelous shot! The colors and clarity of the Steenbok are just superb. Your shallow DOF helps to set off your image very well. A very elegant presentation! TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-23 12:25]

Hi Paul. Another fine picture from your trip. The Steenbok is a cute looking animal. You must have been fairly close using a 300 lens. We can see its large eyes and sharp looking horns. Very good detail and colours. well done TFS.

Stunning, Paul, stunning! The point of view and clarity in this portrait are great, and your capture right at the point of nibbling on the shoots -- very nice! This one's a fine bit of camera craftsmanship!


Hello Paul
a great portrait of this Steenbok taken in a great pose, the details on the fur are excellent,great colors and nice composition
a very cute model
TFS Jacqueline

Hallo Paul
What a beauty. Looking at this penkop makes me anxious to visit the Kruger again, and before we know it, it is October and we will be on our way there. This is really a very special image with plenty of details to appreciate and admire. The short horns of this steenbok is very eye-catching, so is the large olive shaped eye and the beautiful hairy ears. The thornbush with its turmeric coloured flowers are true to the natural habitat found in the Satara area. The whole image is very pleasing to look at, and your camerawork has brought out the best features of this little "steenbokkie". Best regards and thanks for sharing.

A very beautiful shot here of this gorgeous Steenbok male. The pose is just a remarkable capture...as if you asked this little guy to do this for you. Beautiful little flower right next to his nose makes for a wonderful photo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-24 16:24]

Hi Paul,

This reminds me of the Mule Deer here when they eat the top of the thorny cactus plants. I think this setting is much prettier. The Steenbok is marvelous with wonderful colors and sharp details. I love the big eye and the black antlers.


Hi Paul,

Natural environment, great colors and Composition. Senior-level focus and light settings. As well as cute little horns of this antelope Steenbok seems like a great weapon. Curious leopard and cheetah which hunt against him that this is the opportunity to use weapons. Natural environment, this is the chance to see live lucky man. We take the opportunity to see the beautiful pictures that are glorious to have found. Thanks for Sharing.


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-05-28 12:26]

What excellent subject focus with no background disturbance. Great photo and hope we see more.

Normally the timid steenbok is a rare sighting in the Kruger National Park. However on our latest visit early in December we spotted about 10 of them during our 5 days in the Park. They are quite skittish and you normally only have a few seconds to get a photo before they dart off again. This is why this photo is so special. A kind of "action" shot with him nibbling away. The colours are spot on and the focus nice and crisp, well done!

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