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Alpine Marmot

Alpine Marmot
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 10:56
Viewed: 3906
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Alpine Marmot (Marmota marmota) is a species of marmot found in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe. Alpine Marmots live at heights between 800 and 3,200 metres, in the Alps, Carpathians, Tatras, the Pyrenees and Northern Apennines Italy. They were reintroduced with success in the Pyrenees in 1948, where the Alpine Marmot had disappeared at end of the Pleistocene epoch. They are excellent diggers, able to penetrate soil that even a pickaxe would have difficulty with, and spend up to nine months per year in hibernation.[3] An adult Alpine Marmot may weigh between 4 and 8 kg and reach between 4254 cm in length (not including the tail, which measures between 1316 cm on average). This makes the Alpine Marmot the largest squirrel species.
Alpine Marmots eat plants such as grasses and herbs, as well as grain, insects, spiders and worms. They prefer young and tender plants over any other kind, and hold food in their forepaws while eating. They mainly emerge from their burrows to engage in feeding during the morning and afternoon, as they are not well suited to heat, which may result in them not feeding at all on very warm days. When the weather is suitable, they will consume large amounts of food in order to create a layer of fat on their body, enabling them to survive their long hibernation period.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-22 11:10]

Hi Radu,what a lucky meeting! Isn't easy to take a marmot so close,and what a great quality!I like a lot the position and the perfect work in a difficult light.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO.

Ciao Mircea. Very good work considering not besk light's conditions. Bright colours. veru well done.


Hallo Mircea,
a superb capture of the Alpine Marmot, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, a nice close composition in a classic environmental.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-22 12:19]

Hello Mircea,
A superb close capture of an Alpine Marmot.
The pose on the licken-covered rock, POV, sharpness colours and lighting are great and though it takes up most of the picture the BG shows a little of the natural habitat too.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-22 12:20]

Hello Mircea.
Excellent capture and a beautiful animal. Very interesting notes. Thanks.Best regards Siggi

Hi Mircea,

a picture from this alpine marmot with good pov and dof.
Great eyecontact.Fine colours.


Buna Mircea,
O marmota superba cu detalii si culori naturale bine surprinsa.
Nu mai am puncte pe ziua de azi, limita impusa de TN este de 20/24ore.
Felicitari pentru captura si o saptamana excelenta!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-22 21:13]

Buna Mircea,
Frumoasa realizare despre acest animal rar, felicitari!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-22 21:57]

Superba captura!
Imi place acest animalut, specializat in impachetarea ciocolatei!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-22 22:43]

Hello Mircea,
A lovely close capture of a Marmot in a very nice pose. Fine details, beautiful light and colours and well composed. I've only seen these lovely animals once from some distance.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Salut Radu,
Superba captura. Ai fost in locul potrivit la momentul potrivit.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-23 4:25]

Hello Mircea,
Not easy at all to take a picture of an alpine Marmot in the wild! I have seen a family this summer, but no possibilty to take a picture. You caught it in a good pose from behind, I suppose it was just looking at you and disappeared afterwards.
Kind regards

Dear Mircea
An interesting photo with equally interesting Notes!

I am very pleased indeed to see the back of the Marmot, thank you. I do not know much about them except that they love voices (soft talk). I once sat on front of a rock in the Swiss mountains - where I had noticed the eyes and ears of a Marmot - and when I talked to the animal - it sat there for ages, only the ears moving...

I also like VERY much the lichen, none in the area where I live now, due to the VERY dry climate!

I wish you a pleasant week,

Hi Mircea,
you are so lucky to see this lovely guy in free nature. I love the pose and the good sharpness. You realy made me smile with this shot, thanks.
Warm regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 18:52]

Hello Mircea,
A fine capture of this marmot in natural looking surroundings. Both my wife and I have a soft spot for marmots and love watching them. Your image is technically splendid. TFS Mircea.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-24 5:33]

Hello Mircea,
Great photo in very beautiful natural colours, also in the environment. Excellent sharpness and details. Nice low POV and a good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-08-25 1:48]

Hi Mircea. You have taken such a natural looking picture of the Marmot in its soundings. With the sun giving waem colours to the fur. well taken TFS.

Buna Mircea
what a lovely capture of pretty Alpine Marmot, with nice details, POV and composition. Lichened rock nice on composition. Rodent shots relatively rare here. I am pleasured to see more, with a nice post. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Mircea,

Great shot of this cute fellow, really nicely done. The soft green background works well.
TFS and have a nice sunday!


Salut Mircea
Nu stiam ca sunt marmote in Fagaras! De fapt nu stiam ca specia sa fie in tara noastra. Insa poate ar trebui sa ma mai documentez.
Oricum, imagine buna, pacat ca e cu spatele, probabil se pregatea de fuga!
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