Common (or Grey) Duikers are the largest of the small antelopes on Thanda Safari. The other three residents which are considered ‘small antelopes’ are Natal Red Duikers, Steenboks and Sunis. All of them are very elusive.
I call them the ‘back side antelopes’ because in most cases that is all one gets to see of them 😊
This Common Duiker ran off into thick bush when I came around a corner on one of Pakamisa’s roads. I stopped the car, lowered the window, positioned my 500mm lens and then did not move, as the little antelope looked in my direction.
It was very suspicious of this “new thing” on the road and it took almost 40 minutes before it moved out of the really thick stuff and presented itself. I moved the camera very slowly into position and got only three shots before it decided that hanging around here was far too dangerous. It ran straight up a hill and disappeared from sight.
I like to image, which documents the shy nature of these small and extremely fast antelope.