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Have a nice weekend
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Fujifilm 1,5 X Tele Conversions Lens
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-22 5:11
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Raccoon (Procyon loto)

Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: carnivora
Family: Procyonidae

Size: Adults range from 71.1 - 83.8 cm (28 - 33 in) in total length and weigh from 5.4 - 11.8 kg (12 - 26 lbs).
Color: The fur is grizzled in appearance, varying from grayish to blackish. (Cinnamon and albino forms sometimes occur.) The belly is usually gray with long white guard hairs. The triangular ears are tipped with white, and they set off the white face and pointed muzzle with its black mask.
Other things to look for: The Raccoon is a short-legged, stocky, medium-sized carnivore. The characteristic ringed tail and the "bandit-like" black facial mask make the Raccoon one of the most easily identified mammals in North America.

Breeding takes place from December to June, peaking in February and March. A litter of 1-7 young are born two months later. Young Raccoons, called kits, are weaned at 10 - 12 weeks of age. At this time they begin to travel with the female on her nightly foraging forays. A Raccoon reaches sexual maturity in the spring following its birth.

The raccoon is one of the most adaptable mammals in the United States, being found in urban and suburban as well as rural habitats, from coastal marshes to forested uplands. It prefers wetland sites associated with rivers, streams, marshes, swamps, and lakes. In the wild, it makes its den in a hollow tree or a crevice in a rock ledges, but this adaptable animal will also take advantage of human structures by moving into a barn, an attic, and an abandoned building.

A healthy raccoon is nocturnal, foraging throughout the night and returning to its den before sunrise. (A Raccoon that appears during daylight hours should be avoided, particularly if it appears to be sick, weak, or aggressive. Such an animal may be infected with the deadly rabies disease.) The Raccoon is active all year long, but during periods of extreme winter weather it may remain in the den and live off stored body fat. It is an omnivore, feeding on whatever is most available during a given season. Its diet includes fruits, berries, nuts, acorns, insects, small mammals, birds and their eggs, crayfish, crabs, frogs, turtle eggs, and fish. Some biologists suggest that when a Raccoon appears to be washing its food before eating, it is actually feeling it rather than cleaning it. Predators of raccoons include bobcats, foxes, coyotes, and owls. Vehicles are also a cause of raccoon mortality, for raccoons are frequently seen as road kills. Raccoons may live 5 -6 years in the wild and 10 - 12 years in captivity.

Info from: http://museum.nhm.uga.edu/gawildlife/mammals/Carnivora/Procyonidae/plotor.html

pictured in Arnsberger forrest near Möhne lake
(In Germany live over 100.000 racoon)

red45, dew77, livios, fiyo, sAner, TAZ, Comandante, marhowie, coasties, Luc, scottevers7, Libor, paulbright, Dave, thor68 has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-22 5:32]

Yeah, I like this animal Heinz ;-) It looks relaxed and lazy ;-) Pose is very funny. I think it is good hint for us how to live ;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-22 5:56]

Hello Heinz!
Funny capture.I liked your cute model,POV,details and composition a lot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-22 6:06]

Heinz, how nice it is.

Excellent pov and composition.

This guy seems to be really having a great time up there. May he have a great weekend too.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-22 6:11]

Heinz, this fella looks nice and settled in for the weekend!! Great capture, quite amusing pose. So relaxed without a care in the world.
Well done...

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-22 6:20]

Hello Heinz,
Lovely composition and POV
Very good capture. Details are sharp
I like it ! Very well done

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-22 7:14]

Haha, wonderful pose of this cute racoon. Well composed aswell Heinz. I think you slightly overexposed some parts (like the bark of the tree), but this still is a very nice shot. Well done & TFS!


Hello Heinz!
Wonderful capture.I liked pose of raccoon,POV and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

The pose here is priceless Heinz. What a great shot! I shot a squirrel recently laying on a large branch scratching its back, upside down. Too far away to come out well though :-(
Well done my friend.
Thank You.

HI Heinz, this little fellow look cool and lazy;-)
Good pose and composition.
Well done.

Hi Heinz

Great capture!

Sorry to say my time is limited again today, so this is just a quick critique. Very good work. I like the POV. Colours are great as is the sharpness and detail. Well done. Thanks.

Hallo Heinz, der ist ja sooooo putzig, diese Schlafpose ist ziemlich extravagant, mir täte alles weh, aber es scheint für ihn sehr gemütlich zu sein, das ist ein wundervoller Moment, den Du da festhalten konntest.
Vielen lieben Dank und Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-22 19:58]

;-) Good title.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Heinz.
Have a nice Sunday!

Hi Heinz,
Thats how I need to relax. A great pose here. Excellent composition. Great notes.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-23 3:46]

This guy seems to have a hard life ;-) Its relax pose is so funny. I will do the same thing this weekend ;-)
This some OE parts but the shot is nice. Thanks for sharing Heinz.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-23 4:39]

What a wonderful pose! Great catch, Heinz. This is too cute.
Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-23 10:45]

very lovely shot :o)
TFS Libor

Hi Heinz,
Your raccoon looks very exhausted! I like the expression on his face! Good details and nice POV. Great moment you caught. TFS!

I want to do its life!
I like very much photo like this!
How much is the distance from this funny animal?
Bye Tom

i like the laid back posture of this guy/gal. the note is very helpful as well. good to see it in its natural habitat. TFS!

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