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Driving on the main track of Lake Manyara National Park, a mongoose darts across the road. Luckily he paused just long enough to look both ways before crossing, giving me a chance to get his picture before he once again disappeared into the bush.

I’m not 100% on my small mammals, but I believe he is a Marsh Mongoose (Atilax paludinosus) also referred to as a Water Mongoose. If anyone knows for sure what his species of mongoose is, please let me know. I thank you in advance!

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm
Exposure 1/320 sec at f/6.3
ISO 200

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Great shot! There is such an array of wildlife in Africa, people only think about the big cats, elephants etc. But there are some really incredibly creatures that get overlooked. I never got a chance for a photo of these guys, they are so wily and wary of keeping out of sight. Great stuff!

  • Thank you Damienne! You are so right about the diversity of African wildlife, much who would be highlights if seen elsewhere in the world but overlooked in the shadow of “The Big Five.” Ahhh, but you’ve hit on a secret of Africa – seek and appreciate all sizes and manner of creatures and you’ll enjoy the greatest riches! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • More thanks for you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    2 DAY 2011/07/22

    Awesome capture!

  • Thank You so very much Maggie!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sylvia, I like his eyes, looking at you like he is giving you enough time;)

  • Thanks Jan. I too like that his eyes show clearly. Complete luck on may part as I think he was thinking… “I’ll give you this one chance ‘cuz in a moment, I’m gone!” Ah, fickle but lovable creatures of the wild! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful catch of this sleek little animal. Nice of him to pose for you! Great job.

  • Thank You Sheila! And yes, extremely nice of him to pose. Of the half dozen times I’ve been to Africa, I see mongooses all the time, but this is my only clear, close shot. Most are just motion blurs of brown fur. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    Now! Where is that Cobra? Great capture Sylvia!

  • ;-) Sure this is a victory pose for the mongoose’s most recent triumph over the cobra! Thanks Lorraine!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AkaleiKilikina
    AkaleiKilikinaover 3 years ago

    AW! SO cute! Great shot!

  • So glad you like this little guy. He’s often overlooked with all the bigger furrier critter around. Thank you so much for all your comments and support!

    – Owed to Nature

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