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Some Body to Watch Over Me

Some Body to Watch Over Me
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-24 18:04
Viewed: 4399
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An unusual Location for me to take an image, a Zoo, in-particular Twycross Zoo http://www.twycrosszoo.com/. On Friday we had my brothers 2 daughters for the day, 2 very bright young ladies, they also have a love of wildlife so the idea of a Visit to a good Zoo was eagerly greeted so off we went on one of the hotest days of this summer. The girls had a great afternoon running between the different enclosures and taking pictures with my old Sony 707 of the many Rare and endangered Apes and monkies that Twycross specialises in keeping and Breeding to help increase numbers of. I must admit to being impressed by the quality and cleanlyness of the encloses, no funy stale smells and the ropes and logs and growing plants in side the cages all looked spotless and very well maintained, some thing worth applauding I feel.
while these are not rare and endangered, they are a real must for any Zoo as they are so entertaining and apealing to watch these little members of the Mongoose family, The Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) originates from Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. and the links to be found here in Wikipedia are very comprehensive, Click here and follow some of them to learn bits you never thought you needed to know.
The important bit here though is the fact that at all times one member of the group will be on top of the tallest vantage point looking out for danger while the others can forage for food, learn about life or just relax fully like this one, knowing that it will be alerted to the approach of danger such as foxes jackals and even Hawks and eagles all of which would like a meal of Little Meerkat which are 25-35cm long with out the tail of 17 -25cm. Cute and furry they might look but as a team they can scour and area for food which can be a wide variety from vegitation and seeds through small lizards and rodents, to more dangerous things like snakes and scorpions which seem to be a favoured prey.
Hope you like them we did.

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Hi Robert,
Great DOF and funny looking... well done !

Hi Robert,
Very nicely composed picture. Great photo concept and well executed. Well focused. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

They make great subjects, soooo cute, I just wish the other was in focus, but that's just a subjective comment.

Hi Robert,

This is well composed. I like the fact that he's looking straight at the camera. This little fellow seems very relax and the other one so alert... BG is very good, great photo and timing!

Hi Robert,
What a photo, he just looks really lazy. It must be the hot weather. I like the DOF, just enough to see th other fellow in the back holding guard. Great expresion, and super sharp.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-27 15:55]

Hi Robert,

Wooooow!!! Amazing shot. I like it!
Wonderful detail, sharp, colors, DOF,
POV and composition.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

I love the contrast between the totally relaxed look of the front meerkat and the alert stance of the back one. The blurry background really highlights the guy in the front, very nicely presented, glad you had a good day at the zoo.

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