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Salt's Dik-dik

Salt's Dik-dik
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 10:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Near Jinka, on our way to the Mursi, we saw this Dik-dik along the path we were driving.

A new animal for TN.

Salt's Dik-dik (Madoqua saltiana) is a small antelope found in semi-desert vegetation and arid thornbrush of NE Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.

• Length: 45 -67 cm
• Tail Length:3-5 cm
• Shoulder height: 30- 40.5 cm
• Weight: 2-4 kg

A Salt's Dik-dik's hind legs are long and the neck and back are gray. The flanks are usually red. The nose is squared-off. Their spike-like horns are 7.3 - 9 cm (2 inches) long.

Many scientists treat Swayne's Dik-dik M. s. swaynei, Erlanger's Dik-dik M. s. erlangeri, and M. s. citernii as a full species: Madoqua swaynei, and Red-beliied Dik-dik M. s. phillipsi as Madoqua phillipsi. The Silver Dik-dik M. piacentinii was once thought to be a subspecies of Salt's Dik-dik.
• Salt's Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana saltiana: reddish gray, found in Djibouti, Eritrea, Northeast Ethiopia.
• Red-bellied Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana phillipsi: reddish gray, flanks are russet orange, found in Somalia and Ethiopia, often classified as a full species.
• Lawrence's Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana lawrenci: silver gray, flanks are russet, a clear line between colors, fount in Northeast Somalia.
• Harar Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana hararensis: Gingery to reddish, found in North and Northeast Somalia.
• Swayne's Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana swaynei: Reddish, gray throat and cheek, found in Somalia, often classified as a full species.
• Erlanger's Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana erlangeri: Reddish, found in Somalia and Ethiopia.
• Madoqua saltiana citernii: Reddish, found in Somalia and Ethiopia.

Salt's Dik-dik are shy; they are active at night and dusk to avoid the midday heat. They are crepuscular. Dominant animals flare their crest. Often found in pairs and small groups. Salt's dik-dik mainly eat leaves and shoots of acacia trees. Not much is known about the species' reproduction behavior yet.

Sources: Collins Guide: African Wildlife; Wikipedia

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-29 10:11]

Hello Peter! Great subject! Very well captured with lots of talent and a great technique, thanks!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-29 10:13]

Hello Peter

Great shot of this unusual dik-dik. Congratulations on your TN first as well.


Hallo Peter, we zijn bijna buren.

mooie plaat van deze Dik-dik, als je hem zo in zijn natuurlijke omgeving ziet is hij erg goed gecamoufleerd.
Prachtige pov en kleuren.

Now that is cool..a new animal and one I have never heard of before this. you had added some good dimension in your capture..now off to read a bit more...a very tiny creature..so delicate..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-10-29 10:53]

Hello Peter, very beauiful image of this cute Dik-dik. TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-29 11:00]

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot of that Dik-dik. Very sharp details, good exposure and good composition. Very clear picture showing a graceful animal. Well done and TFS.

Hi neighbor...

A very delicate member of the antelope family. Nicely captured Peter... great detail... well done. And thanks for the informative notes as well... :)


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-29 11:54]
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Hi Peter. Your trip has brought a lot of new animals and birds to TN. This Dik Dik is ananimal that i had never heard of. It looks a cute little thing with the huge eyes. You have captured good detail in the unusual fur with natural colours. well done TFs.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-29 12:02]

Hola Peter,
estupenda captura,
animal extraño para mi...
excelente trabajo,

Hi Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Ethiopian Dik-dik with wonderful colour, composition and details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-29 13:04]

Hello Peter,
Well done again with this fine capture of a new species of mammal on TN, the Salt's Dik-dik!
Technically this is excellent and the pose and POV show this little antelope in a fine way against the natural dry vegetation.
Thanks for sharing this superb contribution,
Best regards,

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Merhaba Peter,ne kadar sevimli ve sıcak.Çok güzel bir fotoğraf,tabii ki modelde bir harika,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Peter,
that's a wonderful shy animal and you were lucky to capture it so good.
Look at the big eyes, beautiful.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Peter,
un'altra splendida cattura in terra etiope che aumenta la presenza di specie su TN (congratulazioni), eccellenti POV e momento di cattura che trasmette la postura di allerta di questo simpatico animale, ottima la definizione, belli e naturali i colori.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-29 15:12]

Hi Peter,a very tender and beautiful new entry on the TN's family! Never seen like that,you're composing a gallery fantastic whit all this new and unsual animals.No comment about the pic,perfect under all therms of valutation,have a nice day and thanks a lot for your work,Luciano

Hello Peter
Congratulations for this first posting of an ethiopian Dik-dik,
Great shot

Hola Peter,
Magnífica composición de esta excelente captura, magnífico trabajo, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Peter

Great work, what a fasinating animal. I know these guys are supposed to be very shy, so you (and us) were very lucky. That big eye is amazing.
Great composition and sharpness. thanks heaps for sharing.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-30 5:44]

Hello Peter, nice shot and a very good composition. Excellent clarity. Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-30 14:31]

Hello Peter,
Splendid capture Peter, what a great first for you and TN. The cute little one is razor sharp and possesses great natural color. Great work my friend.

Hello Peter

Well done,the POV is very good,you managed a lovely clear shot of this small deer.
The eye is wonderful,it looks very innocent.
Lovely detail and focus.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely creature, beautiful colors, excellent sharpness and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
Ha..een Dik-dik. Ik dacht eerder aan Namibië en niet zozeer aan Ethiopië. Wellicht een andere soort Dik-dik.
Inderdaad nog niet gespot in Treknature.
Fascinerend beestje.

Hi peter,
It´s a beautiful animal, I like a lot mammals and in my favourites enters antelopes. Nice pic showing it in its natural environment. Good document.

Hi again Peter, a lovely capture of this cute baby dik-dik. TFS.

Nice shot in the wild of this interesting animal Peter.
I photographed one a few years ago at the zoo, but it was in deep shadow & high grass.
Good detail, color, and exposure.
Well done,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-05-14 10:57]

Ha Peter,

Wat een prachtig beestje. Niet veel groter dan een haas. Ik heb ze veel in Kenia en Tanzania gezien. Een genot om naar te kijken.


Hello Peter

It is very beautiful this African wild animal baby,
reading your notes and looking this baby
animal's pose in French we say « photo prise sur le vif »,
focus sharpness and details are great and i love
to see all that vegetation and branches that is
part of the animal's environment, TFS


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