Me Beautiful, You Ugly
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|I know this is not technically very good, but I like it because finding such a duet is not frequent and also because it could illustrate something starting like: "once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess dressed in white and an ugly kind of rat. Everybody knows the end, but unfortunately, the "rat" will not be changed in a flamboyant prince.|
Who are these
The duck is probably a domestic animal escaped and it lives now with the colony of mallards on the Seine river spot where I use to go.
The little rodent is a MYOCASTOR COYPUS - Ragondin, Nutria (F) - Coypu, Nutria (UK/US).
Originated from South America. They've been introduced in France for their Fur. Breeding has disappeared, except for the food in regions where their meat is appreciated.
DESCRIPTION. A large rodent, nearly as large as a beaver but with long, rounded, scaly, ratlike tail; hind feet webbed; incisors orange-colored; female with mammae along each side of back, not on belly; upperparts reddish brown; the underfur dark slaty; tip of muzzle and chin white. External measurements of adults average: total length, 800-900 mm; tail, 350-400 mm; hind foot, 130-140 mm. Total length may reach 1.4 m. Weight, normally 8-10 kg.
HABITS. Essentially vegetarians, they like a semiaquatic existence in swamps, marshes, and along the shores of rivers and lakes. Although being mainly nocturnal, they can be seen here early in the morning on some river banks or swimming along. They are not extensive burrowers. Burrows that have been examined were approximately 20 cm in diameter and extended into the bank for a distance of over 1 m. Often they were open at both ends, with the entrance toward the river usually above water level. Some of the burrows are under roots of trees that are exposed along the banks of the river or stream. Their nests are made of reeds and sedges built up in large piles somewhat after the fashion of a swan’s nest. These are built on land among the marsh vegetation and close to the water’s edge. These animals appear to breed throughout the year. Each adult female produces two or three litters a year. The gestation period is from 127 to 132 days. The number of young per litter ranges from two to 11 and averages about five.
You will find better shots of this rodent on my gallery. Hope you'll like it.
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- [2005-10-25 14:35]
Ah Jean Michel, this is so funny. That mixed up duck shooing the rodent away! "This is MY Landing! NOT yours. GO!"
I like how she is standing on tip-toe, no doubt to make her look bigger to scare away the rodent.
Great action shot, well done. TFS...
Hi Jean, this is such a lovely shot.
You captured a wonderful moment, this is what I like TN for, to see such unusual photos, very well done, I love it, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- [2005-10-26 13:33]
:o) very nice shot
Great moment, title and theme here Jean. Very good interest for your photo with this interplay clearly seen. Well done my friend. Thank You.
- [2005-11-06 4:18]
Plus de Ornis!!!
C'est plaisant de pouvoir avoir deux sujets d'espèces différentes dans la même photo. Cela ne survient pas souvent et lorsque cela se présente, c'est la joie!
J'aime bien l'attitude respective des deux animaux.
Belle capture mon ami. Merci.
- [2005-11-16 9:56]
That's it, Jean-Michel, we have a very nice association here.
Great pov and composition.
Despite the technical problems the image might have, it's worthwhile posting.
I dont think it is tec. perfect, but I dont think it is bad at all either. The nutria pose is perfect and sharp, and contrasts with the motion blur of the duck. It is funny and not usual, great to see. Thanks.
- [2006-03-27 10:04]
Bonjour Jean Michel,
De toute évidence il s'agit d'un oiseau domestique. Le même a été retiré de ma publication... Peu importe ta publication est très belle et le deuxième animal est, lui, tout à fait sauvage. Beau travail.