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Good morning....
On Sunday morning early as the sun was rising we came upon this little guy....
The Dwarf mongoose is the smallest African mongoose. They have a body length between 18 and 28 cm and weigh between 200 and 350g.
They have short, thick brown fur which is finely grizzled with either red or black. They have small eyes and ears.They have short legs and long claws.
They are found in the grasslands and woodlands of Southern Africa. They can be found at altitudes up to 2000m and live in old termite mounds. Nearby they will make a communal latrine for both urine and faeces. They live in groups upto 20 individuals and they consist of a dominant pair, their offspring and several sub-ordinate males and females. The dominant female is the leader of the group while the male often observes their surroundings for signs of threat. This little guy was doing just that while the family huddled at the bottom of the fallen tree in the early morning sun.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Mar 2014 - 6:53 AM
Focal Length:380mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dwarf mongoose
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:22 Mar 2014 - 5:26 AM
Tags:Dwarf mongoose, Wildlife / nature
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fotobee
22 Mar 2014 - 5:36 AM

A truly brilliant shot! The lighting is ideal, and given the notoriously skittish behavior of the species, even more remarkable. I bet he disappeared in a flash as soon as he heard the shutter go: Grin Regards Martin

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 5:45 AM

Wonderful back-lighting in V.1, Colleen, a top class capture of this cute fella. A glorious start to the weekend here, clear blue skies and not a breath of wind Smile Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 22 Mar 2014 - 5:47 AM
ColleenA
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22 Mar 2014 - 5:45 AM


Quote: A truly brilliant shot! The lighting is ideal, and given the notoriously skittish behavior of the species, even more remarkable. I bet he disappeared in a flash as soon as he heard the shutter go: Grin Regards Martin

Amazingly he didn't, he stayed there awhile and even looked at me and a friend joined him....I will upload a V3

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 6:03 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

nonur
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22 Mar 2014 - 6:07 AM

Great writeup, but the shots are superb, Colleen. The two backlit shots are exquisite and I love them.

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
22 Mar 2014 - 7:10 AM

Fine set Colleen, V1 a bit special,
Fred.

pentaxpatty
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:39 AM

V1 is very special. Wonderful interesting write up. Superb photos once again. Best wishes to you and Rob.
Patty Grin

Rock
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:41 AM

Perfect light conditions.

Grand work.

Rock

NDODS
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:43 AM

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

JohnoP
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:56 AM

Beautifully lit Colleen! John

kuvailija
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22 Mar 2014 - 8:06 AM

V1 is my absolute favorite with the superb light and composition .- Oh yes , must admit though that V3 comes pretty close. (so much about "absolute"). Excellent, in any case , Colleen! --- Jukka.

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 - 8:07 AM

Hi Colleen,thanks for your comments and support.These are lovely,i love the lighting,really very effective.Your write ups are so informative,you are a bit like S.Africa's answer to our own wild life expert David Attenborough. Keep it up.
Martyn.

EMJAYCEE
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22 Mar 2014 - 8:29 AM

Looks like it's you being observed in V3 Colleen. Grin
Joan

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 233 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 8:40 AM

All the compliments are well-earned, fabulous shots.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 - 8:47 AM

Outstanding wildlife images. Top class photography.

Fred

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
22 Mar 2014 - 9:08 AM

Three lovely Mongoose captures. With my choice V1 the wonderfully backlit one. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

Lynniesefforts
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22 Mar 2014 - 9:17 AM

Terrific shots of these little ones Colleen. A great write up. Again, superb wildlife images!!

Lynette Grin

Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 9:19 AM

Three really nice images Colleen…. I like the back lighting, particularly in v1.

Trev

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 9:30 AM

Very well captured set but it's V 1 with the rim lighting that really appeals the most to me, Colleen.
R.

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 9:42 AM

Superb photography Colleen, 3 excellent captures. V1 is very special and V3
quite remarkable, he must have known you were there but clearly didn't feel threatened.

Dave.

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 - 9:48 AM

Lovely shots Colleen, love the lighting.
Brian

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 9:51 AM

Wonderful pictures to go with your interesting narrative Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

DicksPics
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22 Mar 2014 - 10:17 AM

A superb set of images, Colleen - an interesting description, too.

Richard

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 10:56 AM

This is a brilliant set with lovely light.
Thanks for your lovely comment this morning ColleenSmile
NettaSmileSmileSmileSmile

Irishkate
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22 Mar 2014 - 11:40 AM

I love the back lighting and your wealth of knowledge is amazing.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
22 Mar 2014 - 12:00 PM

Lovely lighting and such a well timed and caught shot. Ann.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 - 12:05 PM

Just SPECTACULAR! GrinGrinGrinGrin
IB

digital_boi
22 Mar 2014 - 12:20 PM

very fine and endearing capture Colleen
G

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2014 - 12:21 PM

Excellent images Colleen, great write up, reminds me of the story of Rickki - Tikki - Tavi from The Jungle Book, a story I read and enjoyed at schoolSmile

Cliff

CaroleS
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22 Mar 2014 - 12:25 PM

Nicely backlit shot in V1Smile
Carole

DilysT
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22 Mar 2014 - 12:38 PM

Wow that's fab! X

TrevBatWCC
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22 Mar 2014 - 12:45 PM

A great set, Colleen, love that backlighting, with V1 being my fave here - excellent work SmileSmile
Trev Smile

Tish1
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22 Mar 2014 - 12:49 PM

V1 for me, although also like V3, the back lighting that brings out the halo is great!!


Tish

viscostatic
22 Mar 2014 - 1:27 PM

Beautiful light and great images Colleen along with interesting narrative.

Phil.

saltireblue
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22 Mar 2014 - 1:37 PM

All excellent shots, Colleen. Would have been great to have a little bit more detail in his fur, would spot metering have helped?

What a delight the family group is in v2. How lucky you are to have gotten so close to them.

Malc

Maiwand
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22 Mar 2014 - 2:00 PM

Beautiful back lit shot Colleen. I am glad you kept it as a semi silhouette. Gives the shot a lot more impact.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

ali63
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22 Mar 2014 - 2:07 PM

Great work Colleen,

Ali GrinGrinGrin

mex
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22 Mar 2014 - 2:28 PM

V1's the shot for me colleen.
cheers phil.

ColleenA
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22 Mar 2014 - 2:40 PM


Quote: All excellent shots, Colleen. Would have been great to have a little bit more detail in his fur, would spot metering have helped?
Malc

Yes Malc....lesson No 1 ...put your settings right before leaving on your game drive in the morning...had it on multi segment from landscape the previous afternoon...as you never know what's going to pop up...no time to reset or fiddle with camera because they don't hang around long....so grabbed what I could....

sparrowhawk
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22 Mar 2014 - 2:43 PM

superb

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
22 Mar 2014 - 3:23 PM

Wonderful back-lighting in V.1, all three are good

capto
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22 Mar 2014 - 6:18 PM

Beautifully caught with the back lighting.Smile

ivor

Jenny-D
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:16 PM

Beautiful images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

JuBarney
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22 Mar 2014 - 7:53 PM

A lovely set & really interesting info.
Ju

taggart
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22 Mar 2014 - 8:17 PM

I am not receiving epz image today-- not sure why, interesting text!

Holmewood
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22 Mar 2014 - 8:35 PM

Great set Colleen but V1 is superb. Cathy

cheesey
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23 Mar 2014 - 12:44 AM

Cracking images Colleen, v1 is superb as it is, lovely work.
Cheesey.

Rende
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23 Mar 2014 - 11:29 AM

Love that semi silhouette in V1!
Rende

annettep38
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23 Mar 2014 - 8:26 PM

beautiful light, what a fine silhouette!

And YES, we are moving.

Glostopcat
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23 Mar 2014 - 8:46 PM


Quote: Hi Colleen,thanks for your comments and support.These are lovely,i love the lighting,really very effective.Your write ups are so informative,you are a bit like S.Africa's answer to our own wild life expert David Attenborough. Keep it up.
Martyn.

Simon Fletcher will be green with envy when he reads this, I think he sees himself filling that role! lol WinkGrin A fantastic set Colleen and v1 is really special with it being almost silhouetted

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 23 Mar 2014 - 8:50 PM
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