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Prairie dog

Prairie dog
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 16:05
Viewed: 4400
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The highly-social prairie dogs live in large colonies or "towns" — collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres. Families usually consist of 1 male and 2 to 4 females.

Prairie dog tunnel systems help channel rainwater into the water table to prevent runoff and erosion, and also can serve to change the composition of the soil in a region by reversing soil compaction that can be a result of cattle grazing. The tunnels usually have several chambers. Tunnels can descend vertically as much as 5 meters (16.5 feet), and can extend laterally as much as 30 meters (32.5 yards).

The prairie dog is well-adapted to predators. Using its dichromatic color vision, it can detect predators from afar and then alert other prairie dogs to the danger with a special, high-pitched call. Con Slobodchikoff and others assert that prairie dogs use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to describe specific predators. Prairie dogs also trim the vegetation around their colonies, perhaps to remove any cover for predators. Their burrows generally contain several routes of escape.

The prairie dog is chiefly herbivorous, though it eats some insects. It feeds primarily on grasses and, in the fall, broadleaf forbs. They have up to 4 pups yearly, which are born blind and furless and need about 30 days of close nurturing by their mother.

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Shooting Date/Time
17/03/2007 13:35:33
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
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Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
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Great shot Annick. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-19 16:11]

A great close up shot. Your picture is very sharp. Very good focus and so much detail. Well done. TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-19 16:39]

Hi Annick
Very nice portrait.So sharp & I just love the reflextion of the eye.
Congradulation & TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-19 16:57]

Hi Annick

This is an amazing photo! Not necessarily because of the close-up with this cute animal, but because of that magnificent reflection from its eye...wow!!!
You actually have an entire landscape shot just right there! How cool is that?!!
Having said that, the details and colors here are lovely and the pose of this adorable animal is terrific.

Bravo and TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-19 17:10]

Hi Annick

I love the reflection in the eye! Lovely close framing of this shot and with your usual excellent focus and DOF



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-19 17:28]

Hi Annick,
Cute pose of the Prairie dog. I liked the composition, and as said before the reflection of the scenery from his eye. TFS
Best wishes,

Nice landscape Annick, oops sorry I was stuck inside this prairie dogs eye ;}
Amazing extreme closeup, nicely done mf..
Thanks for sharing this inimate view :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-19 18:04]

Hi Annick.- I have seen this guys in his natural enviroment, they live not to far from my town. they are just beafiful, and is fun to see them runing wild. I have one photo in my files here. Nice close up of his face, very clear and sharp.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-19 18:50]

Hola Annick,
bello retrato y magnífico reflejo en el ojo del animal, presentación y perfecto trabajo, saludos

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-19 19:46]

Hello Annick,
Very well captured composition with amazing details, thanks for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-19 21:35]

Hello Annick,
What a cute portrait of a cute animal! And I completely agree with Horia that the reflection in the eye is amazing!!!
Best greetings and TFS!

Hi Annick,
Great shot. I love the frame filling super tight crop. Spot on exposure. The colors and detail are perfect. Very cool!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-20 3:53]

i Annick

Very nice shot - great POV and DOF.


Hi Annick,
Top class photo.

Hello Annick!
Very nice and "close" portrait! :) Details are good and colour well saturated. I also like the note - I found there a lot of very interesting details about this species :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-20 6:02]

Hello Annick,
Excellent portrait.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done. TFS

Hey Annick..
this one is really adorable.. and it shows the essence of this animal. Good colors and sharpness to allow clear details.. I love the tight crops!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-20 8:26]

Hi Annick.
What a sweet portrait picture you have created. Amazing POV and fantastic penetration into the soul of this cute animal. Colours and details are lovely too. My compliments and best regards.

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-03-20 13:32]

Hi Annick,
very nice detail of prairie dog, it´s cute!The framing is well chosen.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-20 14:07]

Bonsoir Annick
Très belle image, excellente netteté, cadrage et couleurs. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Wow a superb closeup nice detail great catchlight stunning work tfs rgds Necip

Technically perfect detail Annick. I like this a lot. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Salut Annick,
Très jolie portrait cadré serré. Beau détail et j'adore le reflet dans l'oeil.
Merci du partage

Hi A very good picture and a good note.
Its very difficult to excel in these kind of shots(potriats of animals) but you have done wonderfully well to master them. I liked the colors and the detail here
Goutham R

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  • nikole (142)
  • [2007-03-21 3:01]

beautiful portrait!


bonjour annick
on pourrait presque vous voir dans le reflet de l'oeil,je devine comme une personne accroupie avec un pantalon plan mais c'est surement une impression.
excellent comme toujours.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-22 13:23]

Wow what a close, close up. It's so sharp you can see trees in it's eyes. color is natural and just beautiful. Oh and the cute factor is up in the very highs. ;)

Awsum shot! Very good composition,.. specially the position of the legs. Also the reflection in the eyes look great.

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