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Alpine Marmot

Alpine Marmot
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-01 16:14
Viewed: 4633
Points: 14
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The Alpine Marmot
Marmota marmota (Lat)
La marmotte des Alpes (Fr)
La marmota alpina (Es)
De alpenmarmot (Nl)
Das Alpenmurmeltier (De)


It is a species of marmot found in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe. They live at heights between 800 and 3,200 metres, in the Alps, Carpathians, Tatras, the Pyrenees and Northern Apennines Italy. They spend up to nine months per year in hibernation.[3] An adult Alpine Marmot may weigh between 4 and 8 kg and reach between 42–54 cm in length (not including the tail, which measures between 13–16 cm on average). They eat plants such as grasses and herbs, as well as grain, insects, spiders and worms. "Living areas" are created at the end of a burrow, and are often lined with dried hay, grass and plant stems. Any other burrow tunnels that go nowhere are used as toilet areas. One can often see an Alpine Marmot "standing" while they keep a look-out for potential predators or other dangers. If one is spotted, they will emit a loud whistle or chirp. One whistle is given for possible airborne predators, more for ground predators.


Youngsters are much less shy than grown-up. We got especially lucky with this family. 2 from the 4 younsters were especially trustful. We could watch them as long as we want from a reach distance.
PP work: crop 98%, resize, slight contrast adjustment.

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Adorei a foto Jean, linda composição. Esses pequenos nimais são tímidos e rápidos, mas você conseguiu uma foto maravilhosa desse filhote (le petit marmomtte). Thanks to share with us.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-08-01 16:38]

Hello Jean

Nice shot with good colors and details, the composition is lovely, the pose of this animal is splendid.
Well done

Hi Jean
very nice portrait but imho too much centered, why not placing the marmot's head to the right third leaving some open space at the viewing direction
but great anyway

Bonjour JeanMarie
quelle adorable photo de ce bébé marmotte, j 'adore les details clairs et nets de son mignon visage, la lumière naturelle et le BG flou met l'animal bien en valeur
Passe une bonne nuit

Heheh j'aime bien la mouche sur la tête ;o)

This marmote have a verry preety face.Good picture.Regards.Alin.

That is cute... a fly on top of your subject!!!
Lovely composition.
Great notes.
Mario with greetings from Canada.

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