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Banded Mongoose

Banded Mongoose
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-09-30 7:09
Viewed: 2194
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this "Banded Mongoose" picture at Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. It was early morning and I got sufficient light to capture well this beautiful species.

The "Banded Mongoose" (Mungos mungo) is a mongoose commonly found in the central and eastern parts of Africa. It lives in Savannas, open forests and grasslands and feeds primarily on Beetles and millipedes. Mongoose use various types of dens for shelter including termite mounds. While most mongoose species live solitary lives, the banded mongoose live in colonies with a complex social structure.

KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Carnivora
FAMILY: Herpestidae
GENUS: Mungos
SPECIES: M. mungo (Gmelin 1788)

The Banded Mongoose is a sturdy mongoose with a large head, small ears, short, muscular limbs and a long tail. Animals of wetter areas are larger and darker coloured than animals of dryer regions. The abdominal part of the body is higher and rounder than the breast areas. The rough far is grayish brown, and there are several dark brown to black horizontal bars across the back.

Banded Mongoose lives in many of Africa's protected areas.


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What a great image of this Mongoose.
Clear, well focused.
Great eye contact.
Srikumar ... you are getting good at this!!!
Mario with kind regards.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-09-30 7:46]

great light and detail, .. skilfully timed a take here Srikumar; .. well done again

nuri :)

hallo Sri
nice picture to show this specie
nice details and lovely colours and light
thanks gr lou

Hello Srikumar,
What a pity that there wasn't more light. I can not see the 10-12 black bands across the body of the mongoose.
Excellent sharpness and an attractive pose with eye contact. Taken from a perfect low POV.

HI Srikumar,the sharpness isn't the best but the light of early morning give a special atmosphere to this pic,a great capture of this mongoose,very difficult to find and not often seen on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar

Great shot, very nice lighting, nice focusing, excellent sharpness, fine details, nice natural colors, nice blurring BG. Thanks for sharing.



Hi Srikumar
Great photo with a nice pose of the animal.
With warm regards

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of cute creature, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural olors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Srikumar,
Amazing details and sharpness. Perfect focus on a interesting specie.
Lovely composition.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-01 5:02]

Very nice picture of this interesting animal on its natural habitat. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-10-01 8:08]

Hi Srikumar,
An excellent capture ..
Beautiful photo of this Banded Mongoose in good sharpness, details and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Bravo!Good work.

Ciao Srikumar. Amazing playing of light on the Mongoose in great pose. Perfect details.


SUPERB IMAGE with great details of fur of this "BEJI" of south africa.

Hello Shrikumar,
This animal is not commonly seen in nature and for that alone you deserve an award. Maybe it is still a juvenile that one does not see the black bands. But what good definition. A real pleasure to view.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2014-10-05 4:24]


A great pose - good sharpness and saturation.

Best wishes


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