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Old porcepine


Old porcepine
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/380 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-26 6:00
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
North American porcupines



The porcupine is usually dark brown or black in colour, with light-coloured or white highlights. Adult porcupines typically weigh around 14 kg (30 lb). Their upper bodies are covered with thousands of sharp, barbed spines or “quills.” These long, hollow spikes are used for defence. The quills usually lay flat against the body, but when the porcupine is threatened, the quills rise up in warning! The porcupine does not shoot the very sharp quills; rather, they come out easily when something brushes against them, and the barbs at the end of the quills ensure that they stay lodged in where they have stuck. Porcupines also swing their quilled tails at attackers.

. The diet of the porcupine is varied, and shows a significant difference in what is eaten during summer months and what is eaten during winter months. In the winter, porcupines generally feed on the bark and inner parts of trees, including sugar maple, hemlock, linden, bigtooth aspen, and Douglas fir. Because individual porcupines Repeatedly will return to and feed extensively on one particular tree, they can cause serious damage to trees and even kill them. In the spring, the porcupine feeds on roots, steams, leaves, berries, seeds and grasses.

Porcupine quills are coated with a fatty acid that has a mildly antibiotic quality. This prevents infection when porcupines fall from tree branches and get stuck with their own quills—which happens with some frequency, as porcupines often try to reach the tender buds and twigs at the end of slender tree branches. Porcupine Quills are coated with a fatty acid that has a mildly antibiotic quality. This prevents infection when porcupines fall from tree branches and get stuck with their own Quills-which happens with some frequency, as porcupines often try to reach the tender buds and twigs at the end of slender

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-26 6:22]

Hi Jeanpaul,
a nice capture of this porcupine. the colours are so wonderful and the sharpness is seen.
Well composed in good lighting and the pose is so tame.

regards,
Foozi

salut Jean-Paul

une excellente photo du Porc-épic, un excellent POV frontale,
j'aime que tu n'a pas cadré sérré et laissé une espace à l'arrière
pour montrer une partie de l'eau, superbe focus netteté et détails
et quel beau regard visuel, TFS

Asbed

JP,
A lovely image, indeed; however, your notes have a major problem.
They are "repeated" half way except the last paragraph.
This looks like a baby.
Warm regards from COLD Calgary, Alberta.
Mario.

Very interesting animal,with nice form and pretty face.
Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-26 8:56]

Hello JP,
superb capture.
Excellent framed this one porcepine and top player. What interesting animals. I must confess that I have never seen such species so far. Thanks for the opportunity.
Best regards,
Adrian

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-26 9:23]

Very good photo of this interesting Animal! Congratulations!

Excellent composition Jean-Paul! Netteté excellente - il semble souffrir de cataracte ce vieux porc-épic! C'est bien de le voir dans son environnement. Amicalement,
Catherine

Hi Jeanpaul,

It too difficult to find and capture an "opening" parcupine. But you managed it as very succesfully. Bravo and TFS.

Greetings
Fevzi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-26 11:33]

Hello Jeanpaul,
A special photo for TN, a porcupine.
Very nice colours and good sharpness and details. Excellent frontal POV and a beautiful surroundings.
Regards,
Peter

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-26 13:26]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Very nice capture of this porcupine.I liked sharp details,framing and natural colors a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-26 15:21]

Hi Jeanpaul,

I have only seen porcupines in pictures and would love to see a live one. I love the pose showing off the numerous quills. Just wonderful in this natural setting.

Jane

hello Jeanpaul,
interesting animal, a fine close up and photo!
keep photographing! TFS
Nasos

Hello JP,

Now this is a rare fellow to see in TN hehehe!
Interesting looks with the cute little face and the spines ready for self defence...
A well framed nature scene, sharp fine details!

Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2414] (10640)
  • [2010-01-30 8:11]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
And an interesting composition ...
Very nice colors and sharp detail is excellent.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-05 22:52]

Hi JeanPaul

I'm not sure how you actually distinguish between an old or a young porcupine. Definitively
not because it has some grey quills I suppose. Anyway, this guy was either having himself
a drink of water or playing in the mud. Do old porcupines still play in the mud (chuckle)? I
know old humans don't, but I am sure they probably sometimes wish they could. This is a
fine capture of the North American porcupine clearly showing why one should maintain a
healthy distance from this prickly chap. Those barbed quills sure would do a lot of damage
if you come too close and this chap suddenly turns around and pull a unexpected reverse
attack on you. The image shows good details and exposure management.

Good work MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.
Regards
Loot

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2010-02-10 22:23]

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Wow, quelle chance d'avoir pu approcher un porc-épic ! Ils sont vraiment jolis - un peu piquants peut-être :-) La photo est très réussie aussi, on y voit plein de détails intéressants, les couleurs sont naturelles, la composition est très agréable, et le POV frontal fonctionne bien. Félicitations !
Valérie.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-15 6:13]

Hello Jean-Paul,
A great close-up of this amazing animal not often seen here on TN. Excellent details, light and colours and a good background that makes it stand out.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Dear Jeanpaul,
A VERY interesting photo! It is so special to me, because in our area old animals are never seen. I assume because they get eaten when they slow down and never reach old age...

Therefore I wonder, where you have seen this animal?? Do they not have enemies in Canada?

You got incredibly close and with good focus show a lot of details: e.g. I notice that on its left side (right side of the imge)it has not quilts, only very short ones...

I want to be able to see this animal as often as I like and add it to my favorites.

Thanks Jeanpaul,
Have a nice day,
Kind regards from South Africa
Ingrid

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