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Copyright: Phil Cannings (PhilC) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-04
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-04 10:10
Viewed: 3238
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum) which is a member of the cavy family. This one was photographed near to Whipsnade Zoo in the UK where they are living wild within the grounds. 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 fourth largest rodent in the world, after capybaras, beavers, and porcupines, reaching about 45 cm (18 in) in height.

There are two species of maras recognised, the Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum), and the Chacoan Mara (Dolichotis salinicola). They are known as the pampas hare.

Patagonian Maras are often kept in zoos or as pets and is also known as "Patagonian cavy" or "Patagonian hare". They can be quite social with humans if raised with human interaction from a young age, though in the wild they avoid humans. Maras may even change their habits from coming out in day to becoming nocturnal, simply to avoid social interaction.

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. They use a slightly hostile creche system, where one pair of adults keep watch for all the youngesters in the creche. If they spot danger, the young rush below ground into a burrow (usually dug by a burrowing owl), and the adults are left to run for it.

This animal was very tame and this was a full frame shot taken at 400mm on my zoom. The photograph was taken towards the end of the day as the light was fading and was taken at ISO 2000. I would have liked to have tried a bit of fill flash to lift the colours but I had left my flash in the car and couldn't easily return to it.

Regards - Phil

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-04 12:10]

Hello Phil,

Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Nice pose of these Mara.
Sharpness and clarity are nice for look at.
Very well composition, TFS.

Best regards,

This is a new one to me! Thanks for sharing!

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