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Lesser Mouse Deer
FEB09 Peter Ericsson

Lesser Mouse Deer

Bahn Maka, Kaengkrachan

I was in a hide by a waterhole waiting for birds to come. Then this wonderful little animal showed up.
At only 20cm and 1-2 kilo it is an incredibly small deer. It is very shy and difficult to spot in the forest. It approached the water hole very carefully.
Took small steps, stopped and waited until it was convinced no danger was around.

Canon EOS 350D ,400F5.6
1/40s F5.6 ISO800 full exif

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Alex Vargas13-Mar-2009 10:52
Nice animal Peter... its correct name in english is Lesser Chervrotain... although it is better known as Mouse Deer, indeed...

Big eyes since it is -in fact- a crepuscular animal.

http://www.pbase.com/alex_vargas/image/108679075
lou_rozensteins12-Mar-2009 22:09
Beautiful shot Peter! I never even knew these existed ...... it looks so small and delicate. Well done. Voted.
Larry Peterson12-Mar-2009 13:06
What a beautiufl little creature. Love the huge eyes. Great find and caputre, Well done. V
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