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Guilty as charged!

Guilty as charged!
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Animal portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-09 14:38
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Points: 12
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Red Ruffed Lemur.

This little chap has been found guilty as charged, caught with his fingers in the biscuit barrel. When caught all he could resort to was to poke his tongue out at me, as he had no defence to this charge.

There are two sub-species (types) of ruffed lemur, the black and white ruffed (Varecia variegata variegata), and the red ruffed - (Varecia variegata rubra).

Ruffed lemurs are one of the biggest species of lemur, measuring just over a metre from nose to tail. The females are usually slightly bigger than the males. They live in some of the remaining rainforest of eastern Madagascar in small groups of up to five animals. They feed mainly on fruit, and also eat leaves, seeds and nectar. The pair or group calls loudly to announce their territory and to keep in touch with each other. They are most active in the early morning and late afternoon and evening, and spend the day feeding, travelling and resting high in the rainforest canopy. Both types of ruffed lemur are endangered. They are threatened by hunting and the destruction of their rainforest home. At the present rate of destruction ALL Madagascar's forests could be gone within 20 or even 10 years. Madagascar is a poor country with no coal, gas or oil and the forests are being felled to provide both fuel and agricultural land. The soil from the cleared forest land is easily washed away by heavy rain, so it cannot support crops for more than a few years. More forest then has to be cut. Although all lemurs are protected by law from hunting, it is very hard to enforce this. Ruffed lemurs are hunted for food and are also captured and kept as pets by the local people. They are not yet protected by any kind of reserve. Black and white ruffed lemurs are found to the south of the Antainambalana River as far as Manakara, and on Nosy Mangabe (a small island off Madagascar) where they were introduced in the 1930s. Some have more black on their coats than others - at least four different coat patterns are found. Red ruffed lemurs are the rarer of the two sub-species and very little is known of their biology and ecology. They are found only in the forests of the Masoala Peninsula. They have a rich brown coat with a white patch on the back of the neck, a black face and black tummy and tail.
Photographed through glass on a dark and dismal day at Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire.

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I somehow get the feeling that whatever he's holding in his hand didn't taste very well ;-))
Very good sharpness, DOF and colours, cute pose, I'm amazed you pulled this one off without getting any reflections showing in the photo.

Composition: ***
Sharpness: **
Color: ****
DOF: **
POV: ***

A good shot, but it would have been good not to cut the hand

Just wonderful. Funny and pretty ;-) I like photos like that. A day start be more nice ;-)

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 21:23]

Caught in the act! You mention that you took this through glass - very well done, there is no sign of it. The sharpness here is excellent and exposure good. I would suggest a crop that includes the fingers.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Michael, Great "shell-shock" look going on in this shot. Very good details. Hey, he's one wild & crazy lookin' guy/gal? :-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-18 10:24]

Michael, a really funny and great shot.

Nice pov and composition. Vivid colors.


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