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Beaching on 80N

Beaching on 80N
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-24 6:40
Viewed: 6210
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a grey and wet day where I live so once again an upload from my svalbardtrip last year,it is a LP version,so you have to click on it to see the original version,the picture has been made in the North of spitsbergen on the island Lagoya,it has been made from the Zodiac and as understandable we could not approach that close,otherwise this group walrusses would have been disturbed by us,hope you like this one and tfw.

Some facts:
Walruses in Svalbard numbered in the hundreds of thousands before 3 centuries of over-harvesting brought the population to the verge of extinction. Today this stock is in an early phase of recovery; it consists of only a few thousand animals. Little is known about habitat utilization, foraging areas or behaviour in this population. This program will use satellite telemetry to identify important feeding areas for walruses. Geographical position data in combination with detailed dive information will provide novel insight into habitat use by this large pinniped. Scat analyses, isotope analyses and surveys of potential benthic prey will provide more specific information about diet. Haul-out behaviour studies, in addition to the satellite data activity budgets will permit the calculation of correction factors for aerial surveys. In addition, we will study the exposure to and effects of substances such as PCBs, toxaphenes and brominated flame-retardants. We will also study the possible endocrine disruption potential of the contaminant mixtures the walruses are exposed to via their diet. Finally, based on information on haul-out behaviour from the satellite telemetry project and observational data, we will conduct a photographic aerial survey of all known haul-out sites in order to produce a current, accurate population estimate.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-01-24 7:03]

great collective shot! nice fellas!
well done.


Heel goed!
Mooie groepsfoto en interessanter dan...okay.
Prachtbeesten. Vooral ook de keuze van het panoramaformaat is passend hier.
Van een Zodiac? Zo'n bootje gaat toch op en neer...en dan met zo'n sluitertijd plus tele en toch scherp...
Heel mooi.

nice herd, TFS Ori

Hi Paul,
what a marvellous picture of this group walrusses; the large version is outstanding with the superb sharpness and fine details; i like the natural colour tones and the typical postures of these animals.
TFS. Have a good week end.

hallo Paul
super foto
zo mooi tezamen met die tanden die er uitspringen
goed van scherpte
groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-24 8:56]

Hallo Paul,
Wat een schitterende en indrukwekkende foto. Jouw lage standpunt maakt het nog fascinerender. Onvoorstelbare scherpte vanuit een boot. Prachtige panaromakeuze en compositie. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-24 13:17]

Hi Paul. One of the most unusual looking animals to be seen. Its the face that does it. You were lucky to have seen this lot all lined up. good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. Good nots too.

I checked your image earlier, impressive LP Paul.
Excellent quality, excellent work..
I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob ;-}}

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-24 20:09]

hi Paul,
great shot of these walrus'. Nice choice for a a large version too.. the composition is good and the range of different tusk lengths is interesting.. is it a way of telling age? nice work and tfs

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2009-01-25 0:59]

Prachtig familie portrait?? Mooie compositie zo!
Groet Reina

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 23:18]

Hello Paul,
A superb panoramic shot of a group of Walruses of different ages in ths high arctic lattitude. The POV and composition are great and the note very informative. Let us hope they survive global warming!
Thanks for sharing this fine shot,
Best regards,

Hello Paul,
this is a vrey nice capture well composed with a beautiful exposure/ lighting.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-28 13:35]

Quite a picture!! Gary

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