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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:23 pm

Nice one MM :dance: These boytjies are well cool. Don't you just love how they have only two modes:
Mode 1: Stopped (eating, sniffing etc.)
Mode 2: Sprinting like mad

There's no in between. One moment it would be completely relaxed and munching away and the next moment, at the flip of a switch, it would be dashing through the forest like a bullet. No walking, no trotting, no jogging. It's either stationary or full throttle. I love 'em.
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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby 100ponder » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:21 pm

Blue Duiker are quite common along the Natal coast - we even have them occasionally visit our garden here in Amanzimtoti.

Diet-wise – similar to Grey Duiker, they just love to browse on rose leaves – we have experienced this quite often.

I agree with “deefstes“ that they have only two gears – stationary and flat-out – that’s why we don’t have photos of them in our garden. They always surprise us with their presence at the most un-expected times and then there is no chance of going for a camera.

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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby naomi c » Mon May 14, 2012 2:31 pm

On a visit to the Dlinza Forest two weeks ago I spotted my first Blue Duiker in the wild - they are soo tiny. not much bigger than my cat! These two were so relaxed, they were almost under our feet. A very special sighting!

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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue May 15, 2012 6:42 am

Very special indeed naomi c
Stunning pics.
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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue May 15, 2012 7:18 am

Lovely picture Naomi :thumbs_up:

I must admit, the tiny size completely floored me.

Does anyone know, how would the Suni comapre in terms of size?
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Blue Duiker

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:38 pm

Hi All,

I'm keen to know if anybody has spotted any Blue Duiker in KNP recently? I've heard rumours of recent sightings in the Balule area.

I've never spotted one of these tiny antelope in KNP. If they are to be found in KNP they they'll be a new addition to my December wish list. :think: :think:
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby yoda » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:10 pm

In the Balule area?

I thought they were forest antelope.
Have seen them a few times on the Natal north coast.
Never heard of them in Kruger? :hmz:

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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby isinkwe » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:23 pm

The Blue Diuker's were chased out of Kruger by the Brown Hyena's Image

On a more serious note Riaanf31
I was very intrigued by the title of your post and immediately grabbed my reference books , none of them show the blue duiker with distribution in Kruger, but the Kruger holds many secrets :thumbs_up: Image you never know :thumbs_up:
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:46 am

The only blue Duiker that I have ever seen was in Natal. I do think they shy away in forest territory.

I once saw a Sharpe's close to Balule, rather far south for these little antelope.
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby forestgump » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:52 am

Maybe in winter, a cold common duiker.
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:54 am

forestgump wrote:Maybe in winter, a cold common duiker.


:funny:
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:03 am

Never seen a Blue Duiker in Kruger :hmz:

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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:19 am

Haha,

You guys are brilliant. Clearly the person who saw this 'Blue Duiker' must've had too much Amarula in his morning coffee.

The African Black Unicorn still remains safely in top spot in my KNP wishlist.
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Re: Blue Duiker

Unread postby yoda » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:17 pm

forestgump wrote:Maybe in winter, a cold common duiker.


:funny: :funny:

I think Red Duiker have been seen in Kruger.
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