Dikdiks of Silole

By Will Knocker:


Dikdiks are fairly uncommon antelopes in NNP, but can be found in the Athi Basin towards the old Cheetah Gate, in their favoured habitat of dry scrub, where they can find concealment & low-lying browse..


In the Silole Sanctuary (adjoining the Park at Masai Gate) these tiny delicate browsers are common: these images, including this female, were taken in my garden.


Whilst photographing the dikdiks,  a pair of Spotted Morning Thrushes came to serenade us…


Here is the male…


Notice the pre-orbital scent glands in front of the eyes, used for marking territories: scent is all important to these tiny creatures.