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European Ground Squirrel

European Ground Squirrel
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-19 2:28
Viewed: 2822
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Ground Squirrel grows to a length of approximately 20 cm and a weight of between 200 and 400 g. It is a diurnal animal, living in colonies of individual burrows in pastures or grassy embankments. The squirrels emerge during the day to feed upon seeds, plant shoots and roots or flightless invertebrates. The colonies maintain sentinels who whistle at the sight of a predator, bringing the pack scurrying back to safety.
The European ground squirrel hibernates between autumn and March, depending on the climate. In preparation they will build up reserves of brown fat during the late summer.
In early summer, between 5 and 8 cubs are born in one litter.It is to be found throughout eastern Europe from southern Ukraine, to Asia Minor, the Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria and north as far as Poland.

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Hello Razvan,
very lovely ground squirrel or souslik. this species, Spermophilus citellus ranges also in Turkish Thrace [European part]. I have seen it in twice, but I couldnt capture with photograph. you nicely captured it in natural biotop. focus, POV, composition and eyes contact very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-19 4:59]

Hello Razvan,
It looks like you are starting again on TN as I see you have removed your previous images.
This is a fine capture from last summer of a European Ground Squirrel. The pose and POV are excellent and shown with superb sharpness and lighting.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-19 7:28]

Hello Razvan,

A lovely compo,with great colors,well seen and captured,

Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-03-19 8:02]

Buna, felicitari pentru aceasta captura minunata!

Excelent Razvan,nu pot,decat sa te felicit pt captura,si sa iti doresc imagini si inspiratie multa!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-19 11:07]

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful photo of this Ground Squirrel in excellent sharp details and a very good low POV. Good composition and frontal pose.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-19 11:09]

Buna Razvan,

Ai factu o fotografie interesanta cu popandaul. L-ai surprins intr-o pozitie caracteristica. Imaginea este foarte buna animalul fiind clar prezentat. Chiar daca blana popandaului pare putin supraexpusa culorile arata foarte natural.

TFS si toate cele bune,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-19 11:14]

Hi Razvan,
What a cute squirrel.Well caught and composed.I liked POV,details,exposure and clear eyes a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-19 12:23]

Salut Razvan!
O captura faina.
Si bun .. revenit! Ce bine ca te-ai intors.
Cele bune,

hello Razvan
super picture
great details nice composition
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-19 16:34]

Hola Razvan.
Great super sharp image my friend. I visit You gallery. A few photos but all of them in high quality lavel.
Keep posting!!

Hi Razvan, a cute fellow you captured here MF!i also captured and observed this beuty in field -even i took a short film that you can watch it in my facebook or photographers group page (for link see my intro page)- they are very funny indeed.
TFS this MF!


Salutari! Reusita fotografie, putin supraexpusa, dar e ok cu asa un personaj simpatic surprins in mediul lui!O zi frumoasa!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-20 8:37]

Razvan, This is beautiful and what a lovely PoV. Great shot with sharp picture. Ganesh

Hello razvan,
a beautiful capture of a European Ground Squirrel taken from an excellent frontal POV in a great and nice posture, i like the eye contact, very good sharpness, IMHO a bit overexposed, but a wonderful picture.
Best regards

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