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Dwarf mongoose

By ColleenA
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.

Tags: Dwarf mongoose Wildlife and nature

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fotobee Plus
3 4 3 South Africa
22 Mar 2014 5:36AM
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

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CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
22 Mar 2014 5:45AM
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
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
22 Mar 2014 5:45AM

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 7 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 6:03AM
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
22 Mar 2014 6:07AM
Great writeup, but the shots are superb, Colleen. The two backlit shots are exquisite and I love them.
22 Mar 2014 7:10AM
Fine set Colleen, V1 a bit special,
Fred.
22 Mar 2014 7:39AM
V1 is very special. Wonderful interesting write up. Superb photos once again. Best wishes to you and Rob.
Patty Grin
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
22 Mar 2014 7:41AM
Perfect light conditions.

Grand work.

Rock
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 7:43AM
Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
JohnoP 11 2
22 Mar 2014 7:56AM
Beautifully lit Colleen! John
22 Mar 2014 8:06AM
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.
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 Plus
7 9 10 England
22 Mar 2014 8:29AM
Looks like it's you being observed in V3 Colleen. Grin
Joan
22 Mar 2014 8:40AM
All the compliments are well-earned, fabulous shots.
Outstanding wildlife images. Top class photography.

Fred
Three lovely Mongoose captures. With my choice V1 the wonderfully backlit one. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.
Terrific shots of these little ones Colleen. A great write up. Again, superb wildlife images!!

Lynette Grin
Trev_B 9 148 68 England
22 Mar 2014 9:19AM
Three really nice images Colleen…. I like the back lighting, particularly in v1.

Trev
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
22 Mar 2014 9:30AM
Very well captured set but it's V 1 with the rim lighting that really appeals the most to me, Colleen.
R.
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
22 Mar 2014 9:42AM
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 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 9:48AM
Lovely shots Colleen, love the lighting.
Brian
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 9:51AM
Wonderful pictures to go with your interesting narrative Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
22 Mar 2014 10:17AM
A superb set of images, Colleen - an interesting description, too.

Richard
netta1234 Plus
4 354 2 Wales
22 Mar 2014 10:56AM
This is a brilliant set with lovely light.
Thanks for your lovely comment this morning ColleenSmile
NettaSmileSmileSmileSmile
Irishkate Plus
5 38 98 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 11:40AM
I love the back lighting and your wealth of knowledge is amazing.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
AnnJ Plus
4 5 Scotland
22 Mar 2014 12:00PM
Lovely lighting and such a well timed and caught shot. Ann.
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:05PM
Just SPECTACULAR! GrinGrinGrinGrin
IB
22 Mar 2014 12:20PM
very fine and endearing capture Colleen
G
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 56 13 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:21PM
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 Plus
6 420 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:25PM
Nicely backlit shot in V1Smile
Carole
22 Mar 2014 12:38PM
Wow that's fab! X
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
22 Mar 2014 12:45PM
A great set, Colleen, love that backlighting, with V1 being my fave here - excellent work SmileSmile
Trev Smile
Tish1 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:49PM
V1 for me, although also like V3, the back lighting that brings out the halo is great!!


Tish
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 1:27PM
Beautiful light and great images Colleen along with interesting narrative.

Phil.
saltireblue Plus
6 5.9k 33 Norway
22 Mar 2014 1:37PM
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 Plus
9 3 72 England
22 Mar 2014 2:00PM
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 Plus
4 741 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 2:07PM
Great work Colleen,

Ali GrinGrinGrin
mex Plus
8 27 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 2:28PM
V1's the shot for me colleen.
cheers phil.
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
22 Mar 2014 2:40PM

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....
22 Mar 2014 2:43PM
superb
22 Mar 2014 3:23PM
Wonderful back-lighting in V.1, all three are good
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 6:18PM
Beautifully caught with the back lighting.Smile

ivor
22 Mar 2014 7:16PM
Beautiful images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 7:53PM
A lovely set & really interesting info.
Ju
taggart Plus
12 46 13 United States
22 Mar 2014 8:17PM
I am not receiving epz image today-- not sure why, interesting text!
22 Mar 2014 8:35PM
Great set Colleen but V1 is superb. Cathy
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2014 12:44AM
Cracking images Colleen, v1 is superb as it is, lovely work.
Cheesey.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
23 Mar 2014 11:29AM
Love that semi silhouette in V1!
Rende
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Mar 2014 8:26PM
beautiful light, what a fine silhouette!

And YES, we are moving.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
23 Mar 2014 8:46PM

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

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