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Geoffrey's Saddle-Backed Tamarin

Geoffrey's Saddle-Backed Tamarin
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-13 6:40
Viewed: 7041
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot taken from a boat - this time on a trip to the islands in the Panama Canal which constitute a nature reserve. I am fairly certain this is Geoffrey's Saddle-back, but cannot find any additional information on the species. This is a wild animal - though habituated to people - this troop know that the tour leaders have fruit. They are usually very, very difficult to spot.

The tamarins are any of the squirrel-sized New World monkeys from the family Callitrichidae, classified as the genus Saguinus. The closely related lion tamarins are in genus Leontopithecus.

Tamarin habitats range from southern Central America (Costa Rica) through middle South America (Amazon basin and north Bolivia, however not in the mountainous parts).

The various species of tamarins differ considerably according to their appearance, ranging from nearly all black through mixtures of black, brown and white. Many species typically have mustache-like facial hairs. Their body size ranges from 18 to 30 cm (plus a 25 to 44 cm long tail) and they weigh from 220 to 900 grams. Tamarins differ from marmosets primarily in the fact that the lower canine teeth are clearly longer than the incisors.

Tamarins are inhabitants of tropical rain forests and open forest areas. They are diurnal and arboreal, and run and jump quickly through the trees. Tamarins live together in groups of up to 40 members consisting of one or more families. More frequently, though, groups are composed of just three to nine members.

Tamarins are omnivores, eating fruits and other plant parts as well as spiders, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs.

Gestation is typically 140 days, and births are normally twins. The father primarily cares for the young, bringing them to their mother to nurse. After approximately one month the young begin to eat solid food, although they aren't fully weaned for another two to three months. They reach full maturity in their second year.

In captivity, tamarins live to be 18 years old. (wiki)

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Hi James
C'est un singe superbe photographié avec art, vraiment les détails sont très nets, une composition charmante, je suis ravie par cette bête étrange.
Merci du partage...JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-13 7:01]

Hello James,
An excellent capture of a Tamarin in a lovely pose. Great focus on the big eyes, fine sharp details and natural colours. The fruit looks good too! and I like your composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-13 7:17]

Hola Jose.
No dejas de sorprender con Tus hermosas fotos de bellos especimenes en todo el Mundo. En lo personal he aprendido mucho de ellas por las interesantes notas escritas que las acompañan.
Gracias por Tus aportaciones a TN
Que tengas un buen fin de semana.

hello James

an excellent photo « prise sur le vif » of the Geoffrey's Saddle-Backed Tamarin,
fine POV and apropriate framing, superb focus sharpness and details,
a great expression of his glance, i see that it is photographed the day
Celtick my first pointing dog died, 2009-04-13, TFS this photo James


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-13 7:58]

Hello James,
Exciting animals, tamarins. Beautiful sharp detailed photo in natural colours. Nice pose and composition.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-02-13 10:53]

Hi James

Another impeccable shot from you and...again one from a boat :)
That's actually very impressive considering your exact focus here right on the tamarin's head. Really great work here and, together with the shallow DOF, this helps isolate this good focal point.
The pose is also cute and i'm guessing representative...especially since you say they are habituated to people.
Lovely work, overall, as usual :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-13 11:04]

Hi James . This is a fine picture of this Monkey. You have taken a good picture from the botwith fine detail in the fur and large eyes. It has very large hands for its size. well taken TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-13 14:52]

Hi James,a very rare specie on TN and truely new for me.You work at the best whit your camera from the boat,i thinks wasn't easy to take so perfeclty a situation like that.Excellent work my friend,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-13 15:50]

Hi James,

He is wonderful! The expression on his face seems to say, "Please, sir, may I have some more?" I love the way he is holding on to the fruit. Excellent details of his face and coat. You do really well from a boat!


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2010-02-13 17:38]

Hi James!

Very well captured this tamarin, according to your notes it's hard to spot so it's even more wonderful how perfectly you could take the shot from a boat! Superb shallow dof and details, perfect composing.. TFS!
I envy for travelling to so many wonderful and various places on earth.. you surely have great and memorable adventures every time.

Best regards,

hello James,
great focus on subject, with very good sharpness and splendid natural colors output,it's a very good photo!
keep photographing my friend! TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-13 22:44]

Hi James,
you have been showing wonderful species and also screatures that are so difficult and rare. My thanks to you for sharing. Besides that the naming is also very helpful and add some insight and knowledge into my limited nature studies.
This shot is so lovely with the two bulging eyes so sharply detailed.
with the fruot in one hand, it is so well composed and well presented. The bubbles presence add so artistic value to your nice presentation.
Thanks for sharing.


Hello James,

an very nice moment from this monkey eating.
Good pov and fine colours.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-14 0:20]

Hi james,
Very beautiful capture.I liked details,
eyes and expression on face a lot.
Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo James
My time on Trek Nature is very limited now a days and I missed out on some great images. I am very glad to now find the time to visit a few postings like this Geoffrey's Saddle-Backed Tamarin you have posted. The very wide awake eyes caught my attention immediately looking at this image, the shine you captured in them are very striking. I also like the fur that looks very soft and "stroke able" and the tiny but cute little mouth. Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Hello James,
what a fantastic capture of the Geoffrey's Saddle-back Tamarin, very good sharpness and splendid colours, i like very much the lighting with the stop reflections, a very nice composition with a lovely posture of the tamarin and an intense eye contact.
Best regards

Ciao James, wonderful portrait of cute creature in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, happy Valentine Day, ciao Silvio

Hi James.

This is an excellent lenswork.
The focus on the eyes is tack sharp.

The L-lens gave excellent muted background colors and
the shallow focus is flawless.

Top drawer capture and thanks for sharing.


Hi Bro James,

Fantastic capture of this lovely faced relative! Brilliant bokeh effect background and sharp focus on its face.
The sheen from the sunlight looks effective. Nicely taken brother!
TFS and happy Valentine's day!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-14 6:16]

Hello James.
very nice capture. Well composed, good dof, nice pov. Sharpness and focus very good. The falling light on the fur is creating beautiful effect to the shot.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-14 7:59]

Hello James,
A fine capture, especially as it was taken from a aboat, of a Saddle-backed Tamarin. The POV is great and taken with fine sharpness and lighting. It holds the fruit as if it were about to throw it!
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-14 10:14]

Hello James,
What a sweetheart you share with us here. They are so tiny, your image is excellent with great details and nice coloring in some difficult lighting. Thank you James.

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