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Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 9:06
Viewed: 4020
Points: 12
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Hoary Marmot
The hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) is a species of marmot that inhabits the mountains of northwest North America. The largest populations are in Alaska. In the northern part of that state they may live near sea level.
Hoary marmots live near the treeline on slopes with grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover.

It is the largest North American ground squirrel and is often nicknamed "the whistler" for its high-pitched warning issued to alert other members of the colony to possible danger. The animals are sometimes called "whistle pigs." Whistler, British Columbia is said to be named for these animals.

The "hoary" in their name refers to the silver-grey fur on their shoulders and upper back; the remainder of the upper parts are mainly covered in reddish brown fur. The underparts are greyish. They have a white patch on the muzzle and black feet and lower legs.

These animals hibernate 7 to 8 months a year in burrows that they excavate in the soil, often among or under boulders.

Mating occurs after hibernation and 2 to 4 young are born in the spring. Males establish "harems," but may also visit females in other territories. Predators include golden eagles; grizzly and black bears; and wolves.

Unlike most animals their size, hoary marmots are not shy around humans. Rather than running away at first sight, they will often go about their business while being watched.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Beautiful photo... lovely colors and great detail on the coat, looks a little like a woodchuck/groundhog in a racoon coat... all he needs is a pork pie hat and little penant on a stick and he'd look right at home in the Roaring Twenties. Sorry, I have a rather vivid and peculiar imagination. :-)

Wonderful POV and super composition. I took a look at your workshop revision and, personally, I prefer the original. The workshop version lightening has caused a bit of over brightness/blowout on some of the highlights in the coat. I think the original is just fine.

TFS, Mish

PS How do you like the FZ50? I'm quite happy with mine.

I like the angle because the paws are so visible and there's so much texture that can be seen in the marmot's fur. The marmot seems completely unaware of you, but I've yet to meet an animal that was clueless. Nice job overall. I love the texture, details, and colors; it blends into it's surroundings so easily that sometimes one can miss them. Nice job.

Hi Richard,
I have never seen one of these animals before. You note is very interesting, thank you for that. The quality of your image is great, nice sharpness and detail. It is certainly a fascinating looking creature.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-16 20:07]

Hi Richard,
Both photos look great on my monitor. This is very interesting post. I did not know this species was in North America.
Outstanding focus, great detail. Excellent exposure. The colors look very natural. Very nice composition.

Bonjour Richard
Très belle prise, excellent gestion de l'exposition, netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Richard,
I also like the original better - it sort of "fits better" the landscape i.e. the animal is better camouflaged to hide more from hungry eagles.

I did not see any marmots in the Yoho National Park, but have seen lots in the European Alps, but only in summer. They have quite a different "colour-scheme". This is logical: on naked rock, you want to be more greyish to avoid being eaten...

All technical aspects of your photo are just perfect!

Kind Regards

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