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King of the hill

King of the hill
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Copyright: Kim van Heuven (krvanheuven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 120] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400mm IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 11:39
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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Geographic Range

Cynomys ludovicianus occupies narrow bands of short to mid-grass prairies from central Texas in the south to just north of the Canadian-United States boundary. Historically, the range of black-tailed prairie dogs was greater. They were found from Nebraska in the east to Montana in the west. They ranged from Canada in the north to Mexico in the south. However, intensive efforts at eradication of these animals by ranchers have reduced the species to a few isolated populations associated mainly with protected lands.


Cynomys ludovicianus occupies a relatively restricted range of open, level, arid, short-grass plains. These prairie dogs are commonly found near river flats or in coulee bottomlands where sagebrush, greasewood, and prickly pear grow. They are never found in moist areas.


As is true for most mammals, most black-tailed prairie dogs die young. Only 54% of females and 47% of males who emerge from their natal burrows survive their first year of life. Females can live to be up to eight years old, whereas males don't tend to live longer than 5 years under natural conditions.

Food Habits

Black-tailed prairie dogs eat primarily leaves, stems, and roots of grasses, weeds, and forbs. Although vegetable matter comprises over 98% of the diet, animal matter may somteimes be ingested. The animals typically eaten by prairie dogs are grasshoppers, cutworms, bugs, and beetles. Black-tailed prairie dogs do not need to drink water in order to get the moisture they need to survive. They obtain all the moisture they need from their moist, leafy foods. Most prairie dogs forage close to their burrows when possible, moving into distant foraging areas only when forced to do so by local shortages of green shoots.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-06-05 11:41]


Well composed pic with a good BG. The subject is clear and sharp and also the POV here is unusual. TFS,

Hi Kim,
I love it and had to smile, he is soooooo cute.
Excellent sharpness and a warm background, a beautiful composition, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Kim,
Sharp and detailed, just the right DOF.
Cute pose, great POV and exposure as well..
I like the title too :) I might've cloned out the dark area, BG left. It tends to draw the eye away from your subject..
Nicely done and Thank You!

Hello again,
This is excellent! The details, colours, low POV and framing simply works perfectly.
I like it a lot!

Excellent portrait shot of this meerkat very nice crisp details and colors with a very nice DOF. :)

Very cute subject Kim, love the looking up POV.. all other specs spot on
Thanks for posting :)

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-06-05 14:07]

bonjour Kim
très belle photo
bonnes couleurs et surtout très bons détails

excellent shot. details, colors contrast. All.
Very nice

Hi Kim

Very well composed shot. Good depth of colour. Crisp, clear, sharp with nice light. Well done. TFS.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-07 16:15]

Hi Kim,

I say... EXCELLENT!!!

TFS :-)

You got a great photo here. Not only has a great quality with a beautiful monochome look, but you got the character perfect.
Very good isolation of the subject, well done.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-10 17:20]

excellent capture, kim! :-)
the pose is typical for those furry guys
isn´t it? it´s so cool when they sit on their
hind legs and look around with their arms
pressed to the abdomen.
nice warm orange tones and a great blurred bg.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hallo Kim,

I really like this picture. Good focus, DOF and nice composition. The pose of this gut is just perfect. Well done.


What a beautiful critter! But photo subject is a meerkat, not a prairie dog.

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