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The Swamp Monster II

The Swamp Monster II
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Copyright: Staale Gjoes (gjoess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 151 W: 0 N: 62] (738)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, ISO 400 RAW
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New York State Trip
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 18:04
Viewed: 3780
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This creature looks a lot cuter when they are munching on grass. Instead of loitering about in a swamp.

The Muskrat or Musquash (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a large aquatic rodent native to North America, and introduced in parts of Europe. It is nicknamed Swamp Bunny in the Mid-Atlantic States, especially in the marsh-lands and rivers surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. Adult body length is usually between 25-40 cm long, with a strong, laterally compressed tail 20-25 cm long. The body is covered in thick, brown waterproof fur; the underparts are paler. In brackish waters of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia the black muskrat lives with brown muskrats. They have partially webbed hind feet and small able hand-like front feet. The weight is up to 1700 g, about four times the weight of a Brown Rat.

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  • Great 
  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-06-03 18:11]

Hi Staale,
Nice to see that I'm not the only one here who likes muskrats. This is a cute pose. It is much more common to see them swimming. The photo is well exposed and sharply focused. The composition might be a little tightly cropped for my taste. I would prefer a bit more space on the left side.
TFS, Joel

Hi Staale,
A very clear capture of this muskrat!
Despite the grass at the font, -that you managed pretty well witht the DOF- you got a very good throughout image of this rodent.
Very impressive their large feet, it gives to the animal a truly frightening appearence.
It's very good the pose catched while eating.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Staale,
Superbly capturing this small mammal, well focused, sharp, nice natural colors.
Excellent shot.


  • Great 
  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-03 20:36]

nice action capture good focus and colors.

Hi Staale,
Lovely close-up of this Muskrat! Good sharpness and details and great lighting, and a great pose too! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hi Staale.
Composition gives a different feel of peering through the grasses to see him. Excellent detail, colour and sharpness on the Muskrat, great image for environment.

New Zealand

  • Great 
  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-11 7:10]

Hello Staale, this Muskrat does look cute munching on the grass. What a great catch with a great POV. Good exposure with good light and colours. He is nice and sharp. He looks like he could be a bad guy now and then, but he is still cute.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-11-05 12:46]

Hi Staale,
Great POV and with pinpoint sharpness revealing fine details on the muskrat in its natural environment.

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