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Mara (Dolichotis patagonum)

Mara (Dolichotis patagonum)
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 11:55
Viewed: 5677
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Mara at whipsnade zoo. These animals run free at the zoo along with wallabies and several species of deer.

The maras are a genus of the cavy family. They are the sole representatives of the subfamily Dolichotinae. These large relatives of guinea pigs are common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina but live in other areas of South America as well such as Paraguay. Maras are the second largest rodent in the world, after capybaras, reaching about 18" in height.

Maras mate for life, and may have from 1 to 3 offspring each year. Mara babies are very well developed, and can start grazing within 24 hours.

Maras have stocky bodies, three sharp-clawed digits on the hind feet, and four digits of the forefeet. Maras have been described as resembling long-legged rabbits. Patagonian Maras can run at speeds up to 18 miles per hour. Maras can weigh over 25 pounds in adulthood.

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Complimenti bella foto. Ciao gigicacco

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-24 12:12]

Nicely captured, Andy. Well composed and presented here.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-24 12:36]

great capture Andy
very nice in composition and the details are super even as the good point of view and the nice dof, very good image, good job.
gr. jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-24 13:23]

What a cute animal that you have well captured ! I didn't know this species. He is nice in this pose with the branch. Perhaps he prefers grass than asphalt for his portrait ;-) Colors, exposure and sharpness are very good !
Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

hi andy
cela ressemble a un lapin mais apparement c'est un mara,je ne connais pas.
j'aime sont hatitude,on dirait un chien qui donne la patte a son maitre.bien vu.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-24 14:06]

Great shot. I love the pose. Nice light, colours and composition

Hi Andy,
Excellent capture. I like the pose of the Mara. Do you know if he eat the leafs? Great light, colors and DOF. The details are superb since you can almost see each hair.

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  • graz Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
  • [2006-08-24 15:10]

Great capture,i love the way he his holding the branch.nice colours and details.TFS.

Hello Andy,
very nice capture with great colours, lighting, sharpness and POV. Very good composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-24 16:39]
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Hi Andy,

This is a very clear and sharp shot (I wish I had that lens too ... eh, I do! :)) It must have been a bright day to be able to use such a fast shutterspeed. I find the picture slightly boring and I blame the bitumen road for that. The details are unbelievably sharp. Well done & TFS!


I have never seen this animal before. Thanks for sharing. Nice sharp image.

Hi Andy

Excellent detail shown here. Nice natural colours. Good POV and well composed. Good quality work. :-)

Hello Andy,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. have a great weekend.

Excellent capture, Andy!
best regards

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-25 6:14]

Bonjour Andy!

Bravo pour cette belle prise nature. La netteté est bonne et le sujet interessant.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-25 6:52]

Hi Andy, nice moment captured with excellent details, exposure and lighting. Well done and TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-25 9:40]

To these animals I know and very well Andy... nice image with likeable POV.
Greetings... Ricardo

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Hello Andy! With the lighting this is one of the most lifelike photos I have ever seen! The mara is 3 dimensional on my monitor, the detail is astonishing. Marvellous capture, and great POV. Good note. Well done! Linda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-28 9:13]

Hi Andy.
Your next brilliant and lovely shot. Your picture well reproduces a condition and mood of this charming animal. The shot is well composed and saturated. Its colours are delicate and beautiful. DOF and POV are excellent and BG is well blurred and impressive. My best regards and TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-28 14:59]

It amazes me how you got the animal to pose like this! Very nice and sharp. I like the lighting.
TFS, Ulla

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