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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 14:24
Viewed: 3644
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The maras (Dolichotis) are a genus of the cavy family. They are the sole representatives of the subfamily Dolichotinae. These large relatives of guinea pigs are common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina but live in other areas of South America as well such as Paraguay. Maras are the third largest rodent in the world, after capybaras and beavers, reaching about 45 cm (18 in) in height.

There are two species of maras recognised, the Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum), and the Chacoan Mara (Dolichotis salinicola). They are know as the pampas hare.

Patagonian Maras are often kept in zoos or as pets and is also known as "Patagonian cavy" or "Patagonian hare". They can be quite social with humans if raised with human interaction from a young age, though in the wild they avoid humans. Maras may even change their habits from coming out in day to becoming nocturnal, simply to avoid social interaction.

Maras mate for life, and may have from 1 to 3 offspring each year. Mara babies are very well developed, and can start grazing within 24 hours.(wiki)

Photo taken in Safaripark "Beekse bergen"

Shooting Date/Time
7/07/2007 19:13:34
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
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AF mode
One-Shot AF
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-14 14:28]

Hi Annick. I have never seen one before so thanks for loading this. starange looking animal. his head look like a dogs, good detail and colour.the light is nice eon the head and body, with a good POV/DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick.. have a nice sunday,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-14 15:07]

Hi Annick

Great lighting and focus in this shot. I was lucky enough to see them wild in Argentina - there is a scanned slide in my folder.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-14 15:14]

An interesting species and informative note. Very nice earthtones with a soft, even light. Good pose and excellent DOF.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-14 15:41]

interesting animal good focus nice DOF good lighting

Hi Annick,
This is an interesting Rodent. I have never seen one before. The quality of your image is great, nice sharpness and all the detail can be seen well. I like the way you have captured the light on the Mara's face. Great.

Hi Annick,
I like the shot, I think it needs a little TLC though..Nice play of light & shadows :)
See WS to complete my friendly visit.

Hello Annick,
Lovely pose of this somewhat strange animal.
Wonderful light and soft BG color tones which do match perfectly to the colors of the fur.
Personally I would have cropped a small part of the left hand side of the image and would have left a little more space on top, but that's just me of course :)
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Annick, lovely portrait of splendid maras, wonderful details and great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-15 1:03]

Annick, Lovely shot and what a nice posture. I like the details and the eye contact of the animal. Very well done and TFS Ganesh

Hi Annick,
This is a new species to me. Your pov brings the best of this Mara to view. Sharp focus and well contrasted image. This Mara stands out against blurred background. Very well done.

Hi Annick,
A strange looking creature. Very good details, POV and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-15 1:40]

Hi Annick,
a great capture.
Sharp with a brilliant DOF and POV.
Well done,

selam annick, Great shot and very good composition of this interesting animal nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Good capture! Never saw one before either - the head really looks like that of a Schnautzer dog. :) I like both light and DOF. Well done, Annick!

PS: Beekse seems to be an awesome "hunting" ground.

Hello Annick,
What a crazy and odd looking creature. I have never seen anything like this. It appears to be a rabbit with a mustache like the guy off of mythbusters. Very cute and interesting. Great focus and pov. Keep up the good work and thanks for introducing me to something new!
warm regards,

What a fascinating creature! Beautifully composed with some great lighting.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-07-16 10:30]

Hello Annick,
Great picture of this rodent.
Great background and lighting.
Great DOF and sharpness.


The fur seems soo nice!
Have a nice day,
Jure Dolzan

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