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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya UV - 58mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-25 18:45
Viewed: 4027
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the most curious Animals I've had the pleasure to photograph.
This shot was taken at Cotswold wildlife park.

Meerkats are born with hair but not full coats and with their eyes closed. They will live in the wild up to 10 years. However, in captivity they can live to be 15 years of age. Although they are relatively healthy animals, they are unfortunately prone to bovine tuberculosis and have been known to get rabies. When they are adults at about one year of age they will weigh around 2 pounds (750 - 820 grams) and stand an average of 12 inches high (30 centimeters). When they are on all four of their feet their height is only 6 inches (15 centimeters). Like all mongooses, they are agile hunters; however, they differ considerably from most of their other relatives. Unlike the typical mongoose of which there are around 35 types, Meerkats live in communities and depend on one another for survival. There are three other types of sociable mongooses, the Banded, the Kousi Mansi and the Dwarf mongooses. They also live in groups, but are not usually found in the Kalahari desert. While most mongooses are nocturnal, Meerkats hunt during the day. They live at night in burrows, which are complex tunnel systems consisting of mounds, access holes, and tunnels which lead to numerous sleeping chambers. A Meerkat community is called a mob or gang, and can number up to 40. There is always a dominate alpha male and dominate alpha female in each gang. The Meerkats larger mongoose relatives typically live alone or in pairs. These intelligent animals are extremely communicative and posses a large vocabulary. They flourish in their environment and are not endangered.

Notes from meerkats.net
A very informative site if you want to know more

Thanks for looking

Fisher, Janice, marhowie, scottevers7, ellis49, carper, TAZ, naki, coasties, dew77, Luc, PDP, pompey has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-25 18:54]

Hakunah matadah!!! Timone, where's Pumba?
Excelent capture and well done on this composition.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-25 19:26]

I love these strange little fellows. You have captured him very well Alan. His fur details and colourings are great. Well done and thanks for sharing.

A very nice capture on this meerkat. Excellent detail, and well composed. Great informative notes. Nice Work!

Nice shot Alan.
Very cute, very good sharpness, details and composition.
Good note.
Very well done.

I like those animals Alan,
It is a very good portrait of a meerkat. You captured a good pose. Self I photograph them a lot and this one could be mine, and that is mean as a compliment, fantastic job.
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-26 2:05]

J'aime bien la pose de ce drôle d'animal. Bonne netteté.
Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-26 3:25]

Very good shot Alan, details, exposure and DoF are wonderful.
Well done.

These wee critters are a real hoot. I love watching them. They have been used in an add for Telecom here in NZ and it is a real joy to watch. I love their attitude. This is a really nice shot Alan. Excellent detail. Superb sharpness. Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-26 4:18]

Alan,I think meerkats are very cute! And you cought a dirty nosed one :)
Instructive notes are very good...Thanks for sharing

Alan, Well done! Very good sharpness, details & composition. Cute dirty nose makes this one special. Great note. Well done.

Good shot, framing and pose. Its face coulmd be a bit brighter.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-26 14:14]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
The composition is just perfect here.
A very interesting animal, Alan.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-26 15:41]

Hi Alan, very nice shot. Super details and composition. I think it could be a little brighter and maybe there is a bit of a blue cast? Great shot, well done.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-26 17:15]

Great shot Alan, great clarity, pose and note.
Thanks fore sharing.

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