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Dwarf mongoose

Dwarf mongoose
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2588 W: 74 N: 7469] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2007-10-17
Catégories: Mammals
Appareil photographique: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Versions: version originale
Carnet de voyage: Kruger National Park
Thème(s): Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2007-11-28 4:13
Vue: 3404
Points: 28
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
The Common Dwarf Mongoose is a diurnal animal. It is a social species that lives in family groups of two to twenty animals. A group consists of more females than males. There is a strict hierarchy within a group, headed by a dominant pair. The dominant female is the leader of the group, while the dominant male is very cautious and is often inspecting the surroundings from higher ground.

A group mainly resides in the neighbourhood of a burrow; often termite mounds but sometimes hollow places between stones, hollow trees, etc. A group often lives near a bee or wasp nest, which protects them against predators. Burrows near farms are popular for the same reason, as long as there are no dogs and cats. The territory has the size of a few hectares. Some territories overlap slightly, which can lead to confrontations between different groups.

Only the dominant female is allowed to give birth. After the gestation period of 53 days, six young mongooses are born.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
17/10/2007 07:41:27
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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Hi Annick
I have seen this kind of mongoose in central Africa too. Nice pose, details add colours on this one.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2007-11-28 4:39]

Hello Annick,
Excellent vivid pose of this to me unknowm creature. I like the vertical framing and the very subtle green and grey background. Most interesting posting.
Thanks alot

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-28 5:31]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding shot of this Dwarf Mongoose and you have captured it in a nice pose and a fabulous expression. Great eye contact. Very impressive details on its furs and perfect light and exposure management. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Annick,
This is a cute and special fellow, so nicely portrayed!
DOF spot on gives excellent details in the fur coat, and isolates the animal well from the vegetation...
A fine well balanced composition!
Pablo -

Hi Annick
Very special shot with a special mood. OOF green background and grassy foreground creates great natural situation.
I like it very much

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-28 13:48]

Excellent photo of this Dwarf Mongoose.
Superb POV that has great eye-contact.
Perfectly composed with nicely diffused foreground and the vertical framing is great.
Well done Annick,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 357 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-11-28 21:08]

Hi Annick,
Excellent pose of the Dwarf Mongoose.The alert curious look on its face and the pose are well seen and captured. Very sharp and good details.Good composition too.Thanks for the share,

Simply stunning. The clarity and the way the photo is perfectly framed by the branch in the background make this so good.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-11-29 7:49]

Hello Annick,
Fine capture of this Mongoose keeping guard. I like its pose and those red eyes staring at you! Great details and fine colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-29 8:19]

Hello Annick

A super capture of this dwarf mongoose.
The expression and eye contact is wonderful.
The upright pose looking directly at you lets us have a really good look at him.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The lighting has produced rich natural colours.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-29 11:23]

Hi Annick

He looks adorable (although I suspect he isn't). I love that pose and the eye contact. Stunning sharp details, excellent DOF and great colours. Wonderful image



p.s. I'm not posting until I have caught up with everyones photos, time seems to have escaped me lately.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 22:39]

Hi Annick

Great pose and very good detail - especially the eye contact.


Hi Annick,
very lively portrait of mongoose, showing it emerging in a watchful pose from half hidden in vegetation. Text with copyright and title is certainly well placed here, but still slightly distracting because of its quantity. Seeing less text or no text at all within this very pretty documentary image would certainly be my personal preference. Thank you!
My best regards,

So beautiful shot
Especially, the ligh colors and pose are lovely.
well done.
the twigs in the wayinstead of beeing a nit are creting this nice in the field feeling. The mangoose middle in the action and in its native environment.

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