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Red-Flanked Duiker

Red-Flanked Duiker
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 6:57
Viewed: 7268
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a small antelope in the Duiker family - they look a bit similar to Muntjac Deer and have similar habits.

Taken with my 400mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter.

A duiker is a family 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/Dutch 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.

The Red-flanked Duiker (Cephalophus rufilatus), is a tiny antelope found in western and central Africa.

Red-flanked Duikers grow to almost 15 inches (35 centimetres) in height and weigh up to 31 pounds (12 kilograms). They have a russet coat, with black legs and back and a white underbelly.

The duiker feeds on leaves, fallen fruits, seeds, flowers, and sometimes small birds or other small animals. They have a lifespan of 10-15 years in captivity.

The wild population is estimated at 170,000 individuals.

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hello James,
thanks for the deferred subject again, for me is something new, I like a lot this composition and your POV, the blear background, the luminous colors, it's a splendid photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Wonderful this little antelope!
Great colors and details.

Hello James
nice to see another antilope from your camera. you greatly captured it in Senegal's marvellous nature. sharp focus, POV and composition very nice. coloration also superb. thanks for sharing this beauty with your good informative notes.
have a nice week

hello James

beautiful photo of this African small antelope, fine POV, framing,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful warm luminosity
and colour tones, beautifully blurred background, TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-01-17 7:49]

Hi James

Nice to see we're almost neighbors today :)
This is again a very interesting post from you, of an animal i can't simple recall seeing before. There really seem to be more antelopes than what i knew before :))
Anyway, a pleasure learning about it and seeing a nice shot of it.
Despite the tall vegetation (in comparison to the little cute) and the opposing light, i think you managed a really good shot to show us the nice features and delicate nature of this duiker.

Cheers and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-17 8:34]

Hello James,
The low POV is very remarkable in this photo. A very good sharp detailed photo with eye contact. Beautiful natural colours. A miracle that you can take a photo of this animal in this pose. They are very shy and are gone before you can unblinking your eyes.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-17 8:38]

Hello James,
Very lovely and excellent shot of a cute young antelope.
Colours, details and composition are very beautiul.
TFS ang G's,

A most unusual creature James. And you have done it justice in the fine colours used and/or captured by your more than adequate gear. A depth of field which adds a likable dynamic. Very well seen James.!

nice duiker, TFS Ori

Hello James, beautiful and lovely shot of cute baby with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-17 10:59]

Hi James. You always manageto bring us somthing a little different. You have been able to take a fine close up of this Red-Flanked Duiker . Taken with good dtail and natural colours. All with interesting notes. well taken TFs.

Excelente acercamiento James!! Ese enorme tele más el convertidor de 1,4 han sido utilizados con habilidad.
Una de las cosas que más me gustan de tus fotografías es que se ven con mucha naturalidad y escasa manipulación electrónica y eso es siempre de agradecer por mí, ya que entre otras cosas, se respeta el color original de las diferentes especies.
El animal que vemos es totalmente desconocido para mí.

Un abrazo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-17 11:46]

Hello James.
Very attractive scene. I like a lot wonderful composition, amazing pleasant rich colours, great DOF and superb details of the shot. Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-17 13:09]

Hi James,
Another wonderful capture.I liked pose of antilope,3D effect,lighting and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-17 15:37]

Hi James,

A wonderful shot of this Red-flanked Duiker. I didn't know there were such small antelopes. It was nice of him to turn his head so you could get a good view of it. His head looks too big for his body. A wonderful shot from your amazing travels.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-17 16:22]

Hi James
Nice presentation.Sharp image of this antelope in is natural habitat,Great colors to.
TFS Michel

hello James,

an very good image from this animal in natural habitat with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


Hi Bro James,

Lovely capture of this cute baby duiker from fine POV with great details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Ciao James, great captyre of cute creature, splendid light a nd good natural colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-18 4:14]

hello James,
Very special-looking small antelope which I didn't know until now. Thanks to present this species with a good picture and an interesting note. Always eager to see new creatures.
Have a nice day
Kind regards

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-01-18 18:35]

Hi James,
Wow,I believe I have not one of this before, not even on a photo. That's what so great about this site here. Good and informative info as well. Excellent quality shot, great deatails, nice REAR end view :) but at least we get to see the profile of its face very well. Great job, congrates and thanks.

Hi James. Very impressive shotof this lovely baby!
The composition, POV and details are great.
TFS and kind regards,

Hello James
V nice photo. Im sorry to post this to the forum but I wonder if you photographed Gambian Mongoose in Senegal? They are common in the country, easy to see in Niokolo. Im looking for photographs for a field guide to carnivores Im working on- the photos would not be published, but used as reference for the illustrated plates. Can you please contact me at [email protected]
With thanks in advance.
Luke Hunter
Executive Director
8 West 40th Street, 18th Fl
NY, NY 10018

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