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Meerkat


Meerkat
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Copyright: John Porter (Jayp) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 22] (106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-21 7:17
Viewed: 3173
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meerkats have strong communal bonds and share many activities. They dig tunnels in the earth mounds for shelter. A group will conserve warmth by huddling together in their burrow at night, emerging to sunbake in the morning. Most of the day is spent foraging for insects, reptiles, birds, eggs and small rodents.

They will sit up on their hind legs, facing their fronts to the sun to soak up its warmth, stretch out on rocks to absorb the heat and sometimes lie on top of each other to minimise loss of body heat.

Meerkats are vulnerable to attack from birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, and also from mammals such as jackals. To warn against these predators, they have developed a sentry system. From a high spot, one of their members will watch for danger, alerting the group with a different call depending on whether the threat is from the air or from the ground. At these alarm calls, the whole group will scamper to the burrow for protection. The different ways in which Meerkats cooperate aids in their survival on the arid, open plains of southern Africa.

This Meerkkat is part of a family of ten located at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia. At the head of all Meerkat families is the breeding pair.

Unfortunately much-loved Namibia passed away a few years ago leaving dad Owambo to take care of his nine offspring. Keepers do not need to control the breeding of this group as meerkats are extremely family orientated and will not interbreed with other family members.

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  • fkk (4)
  • [2006-04-21 7:57]

Merhaba John;
wooow durusa bakarmisiniz harika bir ani yakalamisin gercekten tebrik ederim, superrr photo

Excellent photo and capture...

catman-fatih

Great shot John. Next time you are there try f/4 or f/5.6, taking out the background may give more impact. Cheers, Rob

Hi John,
Cute shot of this sweet little meerkat. The detail and pose is lovely. The colours are good and the natural background is a nice backdrop for the meerkat. Well done!
Claudia

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-06-08 17:58]

Hi John, This is good to see. You have caught that rather cute face well. I haven't seen one as yet but this makes me want to. Your POV is good as it is looking across not down on it. TFS. Murray.

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