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Seen any Gophers?

Seen any Gophers?
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Masks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 9:46
Viewed: 3623
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This American Badger was trying to dig out a gopher in a field near Jenner. Landowners consider them a pest due to all the holes they dig trying to get thier prey. Badgers main diet is burrowing mammals like the gopher. Although they have a representation of being vicious, they will usually avoid confrontation by fleeing. Adult American Badgers grow to be 78-85cm long and wieght about 5-11 kg. I like this photo due to the funny smirk on his face. Also you can see a bit of his front digging claws.

This photo was taken hand held from a laying position and has been cropped.

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Hello Rick,
What a face!!! It looks very mischievous. I don't know this animal specie; this is very unusual for me. This is a nice capture of it with interesting notes. I like those colors and very good POV. Thanks,

Nice capture, perhaps a bit too centered. These little digging machines have quite an attitude as well!

Hi Rick,
Probably it would have been one of my favorites (I don't know if that is a reference for Rick?;-) if I had a bit more,I think,DOF... more specifically in the nose and eye region as you can't distinguish both very well from each in the face.
I do like the compo, the unsharpness in BG and FG, the isolation of animal, animal depicted in natural environment and so forth...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-18 11:41]

Hi Rick,
This is a great shot with a great facial expression of this American Badger. This shot is well composed and nicely focused on the subject, blurring the rest and emphasising the badger.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Yes, really funny face!
Never seen this animal before, and a rare pic taken in the wild.
Excellent works and thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-18 14:14]

What a wonderful expression! I love the low tone POV, the light is wonderful and you have captured some excellent details



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-19 0:47]

Hi Rick.
I have never seen a badger face to face like that before. : )
What interesting markings.
Great POV and composition, with nice DOF work.
Focus and exposure are very good.
TFS. : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-19 23:47]

Hello Rick

A very good capture of this badger.I haven't seen many posted on this site.The colours are very natural,and the BG is lovely.I agree , he has a very interesting facial expression.Great job snagging this one.TFS


This is the first badger photo I have seen so far on TN. I guess we do not have badgers in Texas. I like his expression and the natural setting. Exposure is excellent with very nice colors. I like the photo so much that I tried a workshop to sharpen a bit.

Looks like you interrupted this digger Rick, and he ain't amused even though you are lying down on the job!

I would sooner confront a sneaker wave than this gopher gobbler, esp. on my belly!!!

I like the shot with the low PoV... But esp. the inclusion of natural habitat, But hey you know me, I'm not much for the zoo-zoomers. Thanx eh!

Don't know how I missed this shot, but it bubbled up to the front this AM!


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