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Indian Gray Mongoose

Indian Gray Mongoose
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ORIENTAL (Indian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-18 2:29
Viewed: 6399
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I take a journey break in Chamba town for a day or two during my visits to my native place which is 70 KM further up in a sub-valley, I try to make the best of the wilderness next to my friend's house where I stay. It is a big, empty plot of land full of wild bushes and even young trees. It is there that I find a host of insects and birds throughout the year.
I have also been seeing a number of Indian Gray Mongooses there who live under the thick bushes and occasionally come out for fresh air and in search of food. This February, there were three of them.

I can't explain why, but I had always ignored these wild creatures in the past and had gone for birds and insects only. This time, however, the insects were rather scanty, so I decided to give these Mongooses a try. One morning, I stood in the verandah with the camera ready and I did not have to wait long. One of them came out of the bushes and stopped about 5 meters away on an open and untidy space and stared at me for a moment. I made use of that moment and took this single shot. The animal got immediately frightened and scampered away into the bushes again.
Today I'm posting that single shot and hope you might find it of some interest. Here is a brief note on this animal taken from Wikipedia:

The Indian Gray Mongoose or Common Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) is a species of mongoose found in India. The gray mongoose is commonly found in open forests, scrub lands and cultivated fields, often close to human habitation. It lives in burrows, hedgerows and thickets, among groves of trees, taking shelter under rocks or bushes and even in drains. It is very bold and inquisitive but wary, seldom venturing far from cover. It climbs well. Usually found singly or in pairs. It preys on rodents, snakes, birds’ eggs and hatchlings, lizards and variety of invertebrates. Along the Chambal river it occasionally predates on gharial eggs. It breeds throughout the year.

Thanks for looking.

eng55, haraprasan, siggi, oldferret, rousettus, Silvio2006, NinaM, sranjan, Noisette, valy67, Alex99, maurydv, albert, gannu, cataclysta, envisage has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-18 2:35]

Hi Ram,
It's very beautiful capture.I liked POV,eye contact,sharpness,details and expression on face a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Mr. Ram,
Its my pleasure to be your neighbor today :). A lovely capture of this mongoose taken from a fine POV. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-18 3:14]

Hello Ram,
That's a great shot of this little Gray Mongoose, very sharp, lovely colours and perfect light.
I like the composition very much.
Best regards siggi

Hi Ram,
I nice picture of an animal I have always liked. Good colours and crisp focus on the face. I like the composting with the animal slightly off the horizontal.
Kind Regards,

PS Left thread on picture frames.

Hello Ram
what a great capture for lovely mongoose species. with great sharp details, great eyes contact, superb colors and composition.
This species wrongly recorded from Turkiye, but our species another one, H. ichneumon and similar to this.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Ciao Ram, great capture of this lovely creature in nice pose, excellent details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-18 8:32]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful photo. I didn't know there is an Indian Mongoose too. I only know them from Africa. Great sharp photo in a good composition and very nice eye-contact.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-18 8:37]

A good catch, Ram, what an intriguing little animal! I love to encounter animals, and this must have been a nice moment for you too. It is very well captured, we see the whole animal, from tail to head, almost blending with the ground, its hair looking like the blades of grass and dried stuff on the ground. Thanks for the notes too!


Hello Ram Sir,
I had posted 2 photographs on Indian Cobra at Panchgani Table Top (plateau) & you have further scared my snake by showing Indian Gray Mongoose ;) Refer Indian Cobra
Superb eye contact with the animal. TFS

Hello Ram
I like your post today, we see not often mongoose on TN
very good presentation with sharp details
I love theeye contact, his nice face and his thick tail

hello Ram
beautiful picture
nice details looks good to you
super shot
greeting lou

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-18 14:17]

Hello Ram !
This is something we do not get to see very often ! It's a beautiful animal, and I love the way he is looking directly at you - you friend's lucky to have such wonderful visitors in his garden ! Details are excellent, and we can also see how well he is camouflaged by his fur - grey on grey, and yet the Mongoose stands out nicely. Very well done !

Another great capture of the Mongoose Ram.
Perfect sharpnes and exposure.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-18 21:44]

Hi Ram.
Excellent shot and a harming animal. I like wonderful DOF. Impressive colours and great sharpness/details of the entire scene. Eye-contact with this very cute creature also is very wonderful. Bets wishes and TFS.

Hello Ram,
a great capture of Common Grey Mongoose, i like the eye contact. good sharpness and beautiful natural colours in a pleasant composition
Best regards

Hello Ram,
Nice capture, the face of the mongoose is very expressive
Good Focus with great details
Well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-19 16:48]

Hello Sir, HP told me that sighting mongoose is considered to be a good omen. But I found them vast fast moving. They just vanish and move into bushes. you are quite lucky to get a straight view and eye to eye contact. Ganesh

Hello Ram
Beautiful photo of this great, ineterestinf mammal. I like thin, horizontal crop. Sharpnesss is also very good

Hi Ram,

Such a beautiful animal, so well captured. It is so well camouflaged and yet you get such a clear photo.

TFS, Sreya

I can recall when a teatcher of mine told a story about the mongoose and a snake. I wasnt old, perhaps nine or ten. I have not thought so much about it since, but now i do remember =)

I think your picture shows the mongoose in a good way. I can se every parts of its body and get a grip of how it looks like.

Good Work!

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