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Meerkat (suricata suricata)

Meerkat (suricata suricata)
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Meerkants [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 0:37
Viewed: 6037
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another picture I took at the Burgers Zoo in Arnhem. It was late in the afternoon, just about closing time, when this Meerkat was making some nice poses for me, and all the curious people around it.

From the internet:

Meerkat is an English loan word from Afrikaans. The name itself came from Dutch but by misidentification. In Dutch meerkat (as Meerkatze in German) means guenon, a monkey of the Cercopithecus genus which possibly derives from Sanskrit markata (monkey). The traders of the Dutch East India company were likely familiar with such animals, but the Dutch settlers attached the name to the wrong animal at the Cape. In Dutch the name for the suricat is stokstaartje ("little stick-tail").
It's binomial name is Suricata suricatta.

The meerkat is a small diurnal herpestid (mongoose) whose weight averages approximately 731 grams (1.61 pounds) for males and 720 grams (1.58 pounds) for females. Its long and slender body and limbs give it a body length of 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches) and an added tail length of 17 to 25 cm (7 to 10 inches). Its tail is not bushy like all other mongoose species, but is rather long and thin and tapers to a pointed tip which is black or reddish coloured. The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing vertical. Its face also tapers, coming to a point at the nose, which is brown. The eyes always have black patches surrounding them which help deflect the sun's glare. The meerkat has small, black, crescent-shaped ears that have the ability to close when digging to prevent sand entering.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-14 8:30]

Ha Nel,

Een leuke compositie van deze meerkat,kleuren zijn goed,had alleen in mijn ogen iets scherper gekund,groetjes


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 9:07]

Hi Nel.
Classic pose of this animal. You have pictured it perfectly. I like nice warm colour palette, precise framing and composition, exact DOF, great sharpness and details of the animal and ground, pleasant smooth BG. Well done and TFS.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-14 9:07]

Hi Nel
very nice image
well done.

Hello Nel,
As always a great pose!
The expression is priceless and hard to interpret, maybe a bit arrogant and bearing over with the lady with the camera, hehehe...
Good details in the fur coat and fine natural colours!
Pablo -

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-23 6:14]

Hallo Nel , Prachtige foto van de meerkat ,het zijn zulke leuke beestjes ze gaan er echt voor zitten , ik vind het een mooie pose en kleuren , fijn Weekend Teunie .

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