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Rare mammal

Rare mammal
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/90 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 2:26
Viewed: 8516
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While watching the hummingbirds at the Reserva Biologica Bosque Nubuso (see previous post here), this arboreal Bushy-tailed Olingo (Bassaricyon gabbii) climbed down to investigate what was going on and have a sweet drink from the hummingbird feeder (see workshop). It only stayed from a couple of minutes, but that was long enough to get a couple of decent shot of this rare mammal.

Olingo live in the rainforests of Central America and northwestern South America, at elevations from sea level to 2,000 m. They are found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

They look similar to the Kinkajou, except they have a longer muzzle, flatter ears and lack the prehensile tail. They are also smaller at 42cm for males with a 48cm tail and weigh 1.4 Kg. The olingo feeds mostly on fruits, nectar, insects occasionally small mammals and birds. Needless to say, when the Olingo appeared all the hummingbirds disappeared.

The Olingo is arboreal, usually nocturnal and solitary. There is no definite breeding season. They usually only give birth to a single offspring, which weighs 55 grams at birth. They open their eyes at 27 days, and begin weaning at 2 months.

They are listed as near threatened by the UICN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

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Chris, you have done a great job with this rare mammal Olingo.
You chose a very good perspective to capture all the features of this long-tailed creature effectively.
I like its eyes full of curiosity and scanning the surroundings with eager enthusiasm.
TFS and regards.

Hi Chris,
A perfect capture this beautiful Olingo with lovely posture!
Nice exposure and focus achieved the perfect sharpness, real colour and details my friend! Well done.
TFS and Regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-28 3:31]

Hello Chris,
I didn't realise that we were neighbours!
I must say that until I saw this fine image of an Olingo, I had never heard of them before. On looking it up I found that they are related to Coatis, which makes it fir in well in the tropical mammal fauna.
You could have taken a more comprehensive image of it, where most aspects of this rare mammal are shown with good sharpness and lighting as you had the presence of mind to use flash.
Thanks for sharing this unusual and for me not only nice to look at but educational, image.
Regards, Ivan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-28 4:12]

Hi Chris,
what a wonderful capture, this is little critter is adorable.
Excellent job on the composition and exposure, which can be tricky in the Rainforest light.
iolors and sharpness are great.

Hi Chris,

Beautiful shot of the Olingo,(never seen one before). Great light showing nice natural colours, good details in the fur and your focus is as excellent as his over the hummingbird's feeder. I also like your workshop, showing him how acrobatic they can be for food!


Very nice capture with good control of DOF and composition.TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-08 12:50]

Hi Chris

Some people like bird shots, others insects...I like all of these things but I will always love mammal shots. This is lovely. Good focus and framing. The pose is wonderful. It is a joy to see



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