|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]|
|Here some photographs during a voyage in Tanzania a few time ago, here a Dik-Dik in the setting sun whereas we traversed the National Park of Serengeti near of Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Canon EOS 300 V, Gold Kodak 800 ISO, numerisation of negative with Coolscan 4 Nikon, NeatImage for the noise. I hope that you enjoy this one.|
Madoqua kirkii . Kirk's dik-dik
Body Length: 55-77 cm / 1.8-2.5 ft.
Shoulder Height: 35-45 cm / 14-18 in.
Tail Length: 4-6 cm / 1.6-2.4 in.
Weight: 2.7-6.5 kg / 5.9-14.3 lb.
The coat is an overall grizzled grey-brown to reddish brown, while the head and legs are tawny in colour. The undersides, including the insides of the legs and bottom of the chin, are white. Around the large eye is a bright ring of white hair. One of the most humorous features of this small antelope is the elongated, prehensile nose. Only males bear the corrugated horns, which may grow up to 11.4 cm / 4.5 inches long. These may be slightly hidden by the erectile forelock.
Life span: Up to 10 years
Ecology and Behavior
Kirk's dik-dik is primarily active in the morning and late afternoon, although some activity may continue throughout the night. Mated pairs defend a territory 12.5-75 acres in size, and if no unexpected unfavourable conditions arise, this pair may occupy the same territory for life. Definite trails run through the thick cover, which are used with some regularity. Along the boundaries of the territory, and other places important to the animals, they deposit dung heaps approximately 30 cm / 12 inches in diameter. Both sexes mark the range of their territory with secretions from their preorbital glands, although this is done much more frequently by males. Despite joint marking, only the male defends the family range, chasing away any intruders of the same species, including other females. When startled dik-diks make quick zigzag leaps, dashing for cover while making a call that resembles "zik-zik" or "dik-dik" (see opening notes). Population density in the Serengeti is about 24 animals per square kilometer.
Family group: Permanent breeding pairs.
Diet: Leaves of bushes and shrubs, buds, shoots, fruits, grasses. Needs much salt and little water.
Main Predators: Lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, hyena, Cape hunting dog, jackals, ratel, crocodile, python. Young are also taken by eagles, baboons and genets.
The name dik-dik is an imitation of the alarm cry. Madoqua is from medaqqwa (Amharic) a small antelope. Sir John Kirk (1832-1922), a Scottish naturalist, was British Consul General in Zanzibar from 1880 to 1887, and was formerly a physician and naturalist for Dr. Livingstone on his second journey.
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- [2006-01-18 11:12]
cute and an amazing catch..the usually make quite a hasty retreat when you come upon them
i like the lighting here..so many african shots are pure sunlight
your note is useful
yes I can see that they are so fearful.
But they are soooo pretty and cute. I like the big white ring around the eyes. Thanks for this wonderful post, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
magnifique ce cliché,bons details sauf peut
être un peu flou au niveau de la tête du deuxieme dik-dik.
beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Great composition and great details. Superb colors and lighting. Well done and thanks for sharing.
- [2006-01-18 16:57]
Excellent capture of the flighty nature of your subject, high impact and the tension of the moment gets very well across.
- [2006-01-18 17:32]
They are so cute!
The lighting and colour are excellent,
and great details.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-01-18 23:04]
Didier, this is very nice.
You captured a great moment.
I like lighting and composition.
- [2006-01-19 1:39]
Cela a du être un sacré dépaysement ce voyage en Tanzanie... Ils sont beaux ces Dik-Dik. Compliments Didier et merci de nous faire paratger un petit bout de votre voyage ;-)
- [2006-01-19 3:10]
Well earned smile now, critique later :-)
- [2006-01-19 3:45]
Very nice capture.Sharpness,details,POV,eye contact,colors,framing and composition are
These unique animals have a very timid and gentle look about them I think. Very good detail, color and I like the late lights effect Didier. Very well composed with the near dik dik looking at you a big plus..Very well done.
Excellent capture. It is so difficult to photograph deer in the wild and this is an extraordinary catch.
Very nice colors and sharpness.
Thank and Regards
- [2006-01-26 21:02]
Thank you, Didier.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments.
Very well done. Well deserved icon.
very frightened and very beautiful and cute, TFS Ori