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The boy nextdoor...

The boy nextdoor...
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 16:01
Viewed: 5963
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ground Squirrel
Xerus inauris

I have a new found fascination for these critters. You see it is winter over here and they do not hibernate. I found their burrow not far from where I stay. There are one male and four females staying here now. They share the burrow with a yellow mongoose. (which still evades photographic capture..)

I plan to try and shoot them on the weekend with a wide angle lens and a remote shutter. Any suggestions regarding the set-up would be welcome.

They are ground dwellers all very similar in appearance and show preference for areas with sparse and open vegetation. They eat a wide range of plant foods. Mostly roots and stems while excavating the burrows. Termites and insects are also eaten.

They are often confused with Meerkat and the Yellow Mongoose.

Hope you like it.

valy67, PDP, jchemas, jmp, scottevers7, loot, Janice, thistle, coasties, soccer, pilonm, Luc, hekcik, marhowie, Athila has marked this note useful
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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-07 16:11]

Very nice shot, with beautiful warm colors and excellent composition. Good sharpness and details too. I love the pose of the squirrel, it looks curious and attentive. Well done !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-07 16:17]

Hi Gerhard,

I'm not going to ask how you know it's a boy. Lovely image with very warm light. This is great - I failed to get anything this good of these cute little things when I was with you in SA.

I think I'd clone out the little bit of red in the eye. Apart from that it's lovely. Well done - hope you are well, speak soon - I miss you guys.

What I great shot Gerhard .
I love what you have done to the color.
Superb details, POV and BG.
Again great shot.

Hello Gerhard,
Beautiful picture! I like it very much the yellow- brown tones of all the image. Great details in the animal; the blurred BG works very well.
Excellent job.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-07 17:43]

Hi Gerhard,
Pretty animal with a color that mimics very well the BG. Good details, pose and composition. A very good portrait!
José M.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-07 19:07]

Hello Gerhard,
I've never been to your lovely part of the world (maybe one day)but I imagine capturing an animal like this is very difficult.
It must take great patience.
Good lighting,excellent detail and a nice blurred BG.


Great details, POV and nice warm colours!

Hi Gerhard,
I really like this shot! the warm gold toned light is really amazing.
Pose is superb. Nice sharp detail. Looks great to me.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-07 23:43]
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Hello Gerard
Soos met alle seuntjies is hulle albasters nooit te ver weg nie.

Great shot my friend, well captured and excellently presented in this vertical composition. The colours are very natural and it is amazing how everything (vegetation included) took on this red colour of the fertile Free State soil. The DOF was spot-on showing very sharp details and the exposure/lighting was very well managed.
Great work and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-08 3:11]

Grehard, they certainly hide into the BG, and must be hard to see at times. Wonderful capture, super pose, nice and sharp too.
Well done,

Hello Gerhard,
Good to see a post from you! It's a lovely shot and very interesting too.
The pose of the Squirrel and POV are superb. Love the framing and colours too.

Hi Gerhard

Excellent shot of this guy. Is he looking for his ladies, or making sure no other male Ground Squirrel is looking for his ladies? Whatever the case, he has a grand tall pose and is indeed a handsome chap. Another lovely piece of work from you. Thank you!


Awesome pic. The BG is great and the subject is very sharp. Composition, POV and Lighting are all excellent and make a great pic. TFS,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-08 5:19]

What a beautiful shot that you have very well done ! I like its nice pose. Warm colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are good. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Gerhard and thanks for sharing.

Great composition Gerhard and good to see you here again.
Nice warm colours and good sharp details.

Hello Gerhard, Excllent details, BG, POV, DOF, perfect Job, TFS Kyle

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-08 10:23]

Hello Gerhard,

Excellent picture of this ground squirrel! I like alot the fact that the bg color is closely the same that the color of the animal! The pov is very nice too: we can fell how aware he is of its environment! Great composition too! TFS,


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-08 21:21]

Bonjour Gerhard!

Félicitations pour cette belle présentation,la pose est parfaite et la composition est jolie.
Merci pour l'envoie.

Hi Gerhard,

Very nice shot.
Details, colors, sharp and POV are excellent.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Excellent job with this Gerhard.
Great title choice..Lovely detail seen in this animals coarse style of SA fur as well :)
I like the standing erect pose and warm color.
Well framed, with the BG bokeh very nice ;)
Very well done mf.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-06-14 10:56]

Hi Gerhard!

Looks like you are living in Sepia country!
Nice alomost monochrome image. Good focus and good exposure. The shallow DOF rendered beautifull blur in the BG. The low POV is also excellent.

Great shot and TFS.

Excellent side profile capture of these really jittery wound up characters. The ground squirrels over there are somewhat similar to the ones we have (Spermophilus beecheyi) over here and can be just as skittish. I photographed them not too long ago, I found by sitting on the ground and waiting they become bolder and are easier to photograph. I spent 2-3 hours waiting patiently but finally got some good images. :)

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