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Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:26 am

I botched the photos up. But nevertheless evidence to proof that I did see it. :lol:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:57 pm

Nice photos WTM! I have never seen one either, but my hopes are high!

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Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:22 pm

BLUE DUIKER
(Cephalophus moniticola)

Mass: 3-6 kg.
Shoulder Height: 35 cm.
Tail length: 7-12 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Tiny.
- Slate-grey/ Dark brown body colour.
Lifespan: +/- 7-8 yrs.
Top 10 Predators:
1. Leopard
2. Brown Hyaena
3. Baboon
4. Caracal
5. Honey Badger
6. Vervet Monkey

DESCRIPTION:
- Smallest duiker.
- Delicate.
- Slate-grey/ Dark brown body colour.
- Large preorbital gland.
Horns: Length: 3-6 cm.

REPRODUCTION:
A single lamb of 400 g is born during summer after a gestation of 5-6 months.

FOOD:
Wild fruits, large fruits, pips & seeds. Leaves, twig tips, bark, flowers, pods, fungi, resin, insects, other invertibrates, small mammals, frogs, reptiles, fish, carrion & even birds. :shock:

HABITAT:
Coastal forest.

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- Field Gude to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Swart.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:25 pm

Found in the following SANParks:
- Addo Elephant National Park.
- Tsitsikamma National Park.
- Knysna Lagoon National Park.
- Wilderness National Park.

Has anyone had a sighting of them or a photo would be great?

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Unread postby bwana » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:04 pm

Very difficult to spot in the wild, for those travelling to Knysna they have some in a fenced area across the lagoon at the Featherbed, amazing how small they are - damn cute.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:07 pm

They are also full up all around the eatern Cape, South of Grahamstown (Salem, Kasouga) etc. Cute little guys
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Unread postby bwana » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:05 pm

Here you are, taken in Knysna:

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Unread postby Boulder » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:26 pm

As far as I know they are only found in Easern Cape Coastal forest like Kasouga , Kenton, Tsitsikamma etc
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Unread postby Salva » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:17 pm

Saw one in Tsitsikama as well, on the trail to the waterfall (1st section of otter trail: in the woods). No pics to prove though!
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:17 pm

Wild about cats wrote:I didn't know they were found in Kruger either... :hmz:

I don't think WTM saw that Blue Duiker in Kruger, he visits Wilderness National Park quite often aswell so he probably saw it there, also that vegetation in the photo doesn't look like Kruger vegetation, it look more like coastal forest which is found in Wilderness National Park. Also Blue Duiker definetly aren't found in Kruger, only Red & Grey Duiker occur in Kruger.

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Unread postby mountainview » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:15 pm

According to old reports they used to be found in the dense bush/riparian forest between the Sand and the Sabie rivers near their confluence. However if you now google earth that area it doesn't look like it even has a low cover of bush - I guess as a result of the hectic floods a couple of years back.

I spend two weeks in mid-November in some coastal forest and even went up to Dilnza Forest and some other sand forest habitat (although I did not expect to see them in sand forest), saw some great birds and several red duiker, but no blue.

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Unread postby NightOwl » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:48 am

I've seen a blue duiker at Addo, while on fence patrol.
But it was on the outside of the electrified Fence, which is stil part of SANParks grounds and we sometimes also do snare patrol in this area.

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Unread postby deefstes » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:33 am

Photographed this one in the Dlinza forest at Eshowe. Cute as hell.

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And here, although not a great picture, you can see him dashing through the undergrowth as is his wont. I just love the way I caught him with all four legs tucked up. It's almost as if he's flying through the undergrowth.

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Could anyone answer this question for me please. In Dalene Mathee's boek "Kringe in 'n Bos", which of course is set in the Knysna forests, there is reference made to a Bloubokkie ("Die Bloubokkie se gal sit nie in sy kop nie"). I've always assumed this to be the Blouduiker but am I correct?

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:22 pm

Your pictures are breath-taking :clap: . I think this is the Blouduiker, and there used to be a blue antelope which died out because of it's beautiful blue coat which shone in the sun.
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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:55 pm

I arrived at Umhlanga late this afterrnoon. My daughters have been here a couple of days. They suggested that we went for a quick walk through the Hawaan forest.

Explorer saw a movement in the undergrowth... there it was :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: a Blue Duiker.

We all watched it feed for a few minutes before it scented our presence and dashed off.

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