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Three Alert Squirrels

Three Alert Squirrels
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-10 14:05
Viewed: 4787
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Ground Squirrels
Xerus inauris

These typical “squirrel like” critters are most frequently observed in the drier savannas and semi-deserts of Africa. There are 5 species of which two are found in SA, the Southern and Mountain Ground Squirrels. It is impossible to distinguish between the two species in the field. One can distinguish between them based on geographical location though.

They are strictly diurnal and colonial. They excavate their own burrow system, even in hard soils such as calcrete. The family sizes ranges from 5 to 30 of these critters bundled together. Females and the young remain close to the burrows but males wander from colony to colony. They frequently sit on their haunches, increasing visibility and making it easier to hold food while eating. Their bushy tails are used as sunshade when feeding.

Ground Squirrels enjoy a wide variety of plant food and excavate for roots and bulbs. Termites and insects are also eaten.

They are easily confused with Meerkat (Suricate) or the yellow mongoose where I stay.

I took a welcome break after the year end and bumped into these critters as the sun was starting to set. I watched the colony for nearly an hour before moving on. I hope you like them.

Clochette, radz, milloup, PDP, AndyB, marhowie, mogens-j, coasties, chiliu, Signal-Womb, puffy, dew77, wallhalla15, Luc, christophe, liquidsunshine, extramundi, omnia has marked this note useful
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To PDP: Biltong...gerhardt 2 07-10 17:25
To milloup: Exceptional perspective....gerhardt 1 07-10 16:29
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Aaah Gerhard, they're just excellent. Observing and standing as sentries... Almost in human postures.
Beautiful, I like this shot very much !

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-10 14:45]

Wow cool moment you captured. Liked the composition and warm lighting.

Hilarious! Callie, Japie and Gerhard on the look-out for new photo ops ;-))
Sorry, couldn't resist ;-)
Excellent sharpness and a lovely group pose captured. I'm wondering about the grass in the bg, did you convert to sepia, or is your grass that dry?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-10 16:17]

Lovely catch Gerhard! I like pose of these three! Not many colours but desert mood is superb. And last but not least, great shadows!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-10 16:35]
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Hello Gerhard, lovely picture of a lovely scene and setting. The details are excellent and a very nice composition.

I hope you don't make Biltong from these...I think I've eaten too much of it!


Excellent photo of these squirrels, I love their three shadows and the grasses to the right. Very sharp and clear, nicely composed and framed. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-10 16:59]

Three excellent poses all in one photo. Good job Gerhard. They look so good standing guard and looking out for each other. And they didn't seem to see you either. The setting sun enhances the shot. Well done. Brilliant.
Yes, they are similar to Meerkats.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-10 17:15]

A superb capture Gerhard,
Excellent composition and sharp detail.
Great poses from these cute critters!
Nice work,well done.

They are really cute Gerhard. Excellent capture with great sharpness and colours. the composition is good and the shadow really contributes in a fine way.

Hello Gerhard

What a lovely group. Very alert too. I like the shadows that have been cast and the earthy tone in the shot. POV is spot on. Tack sharp and crystal clear. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-10 21:29]

Hi Gerhard!
Three lovely pose!
Excellent composition, great lighting, sharp image.

At first glance I thought they were Meercats Gerhard, very fine capture with effective DOF. Love the extended shadow and fine details of this capture. Very fine work my friend.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-11 1:48]

Oh woooow... Philip, they are gorgeous... what a superb shot, it look like they pose for you... very well captured, great colours, details and sharpness... Perfect shot! Thanks for sharing,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-11 2:30]

Hi Gerhard,

How are you doing?

This is a fabulous picture. I really like the strong composition, the pose of the three squirrels looking into two directions, the shades and the superb colors. The details are razorsharp! What or who are they looking at? Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-11 3:40]

Hello Gerhard!
Funny capture.Sharpness,details,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Gerhard, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

hello:) amaizing are these animals:) beauty photo :) it shows wildlife so nice:) great compo with exellent quality:)



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-11 7:31]

Hello Gerhard!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Perfect composition with the included shadows and eyes catching.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing. It is good to see shots from you.
Have a good week MF!

Hello Gerhard
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

Great work Gerhard, Very cute threesome with excellent poses each. I like the long shadows that tell you instantly the time of day here, Very well done my friend!

great shot Gerhard
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting

It doesnt matter what kind of equipment used, you would never get this light here. It is magical, seems that someone invented african light specialy for photogtaphy.
The tones and contrast, with this great composition are the perfect mixture. Thanks for the note too. Beautiful work. Regards, my friend.

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  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-23 9:27]

I love the composition and perspective of this one, especially with the shadows. It makes me smile, so cute and lovable looking. This is a really classic shot, with the symmetry of the shadows very elegant and the different poses/directions quite enchanting. Lovely.

great composition, TFS Ori

Cute shot. The composition and expression of the squirells look very nice.

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