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Suricata Suricatta


Suricata Suricatta
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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: 2007-03-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 13:46
Viewed: 3352
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I visited the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam and ofcourse I took my camera with me. There I took this photograph of this Meerkat. He was sitting outside with the rest of his Meerkat-friends. This one was taken a lot of nice poses.

Here's some info on Meerkats from the internet:

Binomial name: Suricata suricatta

Meerkats are burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies of up to about 30. Animals in the same group often groom each other to strengthen social bonds. The alpha pair often scent-mark subordinates of the group to express their authority, and this is usually followed by the subordinates grooming the alphas and licking their faces. This behavior is also usually practiced when group members are reunited after a short period apart. Most meerkats in a group are all siblings and offspring of the alpha pair.

Meerkat demonstrate altruistic behaviour within their colonies; one or more meerkats stand sentry (lookout) while others are foraging or playing, to warn them of approaching dangers. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops barking and the others feel safe to emerge.

Meerkats also babysit the young in the group. Females that have never produced offspring of their own often lactate to feed the alpha pair's young, while the alpha female is away with the rest of the group. They also protect the young from threats, often endangering their own lives. On warning of danger, the babysitter takes the young underground to safety and is prepared to defend them if the danger follows. If retreating underground is not possible, she collects all young together and lies on top of them.

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Hi Nel, lovely portrait of a nice animal with splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-04 14:41]

Hi Nel.
Your portrait work of this cute is very nice. Pose of the animal, expression of its face are excellent too. Only DOF is shallow a bit. In zoo the light condition often is not very good. However, reflection of the animal mood is perfect. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

Una mirada un poco triste, ¿no te parece?.
Por lo demás me parece un animalito muy vivaracho y bastante ágil ya que se mueve a una velocidad sorprendente.
Sus costumbres también son muy peculiares.
Un saludo Nel. JL.

OOh eye booger! Big one!
This picture has a good mood (lighting) setting to it. Kinda sad, and as if this meerkat is thinking about something. Nice pose and composition.

Steph

Belle photo,belle gueule et les détails sont nets et superbes. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Nel

Aren't these guy just so cute. Very nice head shot. Good POV with nice wee catchlight. TFS.

Hello Nel,
This is a good portrait of this little mischievous animal that has very nice eyes and a funny face. I like them and these are nice tones of colors, good details, POV and composition. Well seen and well done! Thanks,
Claudine

Hoi Nel,
Een pracht plaatje met een erg mooie lieve uitdrukking. Je compositie met de close up vind ik erg mooi. De foto is vlogens mij een beetje zacht in focus. Had je moeilijkheden om hem in een keer in focus te krijgen? Ook denk ik dat een kleiner diafragma beter was geweest.
Groeten,
Niek

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-08 8:14]

I agree that the mood is interesting, and so is the look on the meerkat's face. You caught it with good timing. Really good portrait. This one is better focused than the one on TE, which has it on the nose. Well done, Nel. Best wishes,
Hakan

Hello Nel,
Cute little chap and a good portrait!
Excellent sharpness on the eyes, good details in the fur coat...
Well framed and presented in an attractive composition!
Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-13 2:49]

Hi Nel

I think the shallow DOF works well here - you take in the eye and get a good impression of the animal from there (I hope that makes sense).
James

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-25 9:39]

Hi Nel,
this looks wonderful, I like the norrow DOF with the focus on the head and specially the eyes. Very nice pose and eye contact you getting. Looks like the little cuty just finished digging and has still some sand in its eyes.
TFS..Sky

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-03-26 13:44]

Hallo Nel ,Mooie foto van de meerkat leuke compositie hij ging er echt voor zitten , een lief koppie heeft hij , Groeten Teunie .

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