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My Attacker

My Attacker
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-07 17:25
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Hi Everyone,
Well Lucy always says I push my luck, in this instance I believe I did.
While this image was taken from a safe distance, after this I took my 24-105 mm and approached the muskrat that we had caught moving across the prairie to new water, knowing full well that they are a scrappy critter when captured. When I was getting closer he ducked under the long matted grass and when I continued to approach where he was he jump out nearly biting me in the crotch area, I spun around lost my glasses and he bit into my jean pant leg, when I lifted my leg he let go and ran off. Needles to say Lucy was having a dandy chuckle at my expense. Isn't nature photography fun, lol.

PS Janice you too can quit laughing.

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Hello Rick

Hahaha I got a good chuckle out of this one.It reminded me of the time I was attacked by a Ruffed Grouse and I ran away screaming like a school girl until my brain caught up with my limbic system and overrode the fear mechanism.
Great shot of this character ,you will never forget this one.
Excellent sharpness and detail.


You must have been reading my mind....

That is a hilarious story Rick...I'm having a good chuckle. The look on this Muskrats face is priceless, maybe he's laughing inside too..... trying to get the threads out of his teeth. hee hee Excellent capture Rick, story and all. I think this day will be remembered fondly by both you and the Muskrat...hee hee.
TFS Janice

Hi Rick,heck of an encounter and it is funny because nothing bad happened to you,imagine an animal so small being so aggressive and bold!The details are very good and the colour is natural and that surely can't be easy with the weight of that lens assuming you took this image hand held.I like this image and so far I have yet to see any muskrats here where I live this year so this is a treat.Thanks for giving us this view. Bob

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-07 21:38]

Hi Rick,

Great shot of your "attacker". He looks like he's poised for a crotch jump. :) Nice details and colours. I've often wondered just how close to get to muskrats. Last year, I saw them often at Frank Lake and Red Deer Lake. I was within six feet of one at Red Deer Lake once. He seemed to be too busy to pay any attention to me. TFS.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-04-07 23:23]

Hi Rick , nice photo of this Muskrat , not often that I see these dry , though I did see one wandering past our local seven eleven which surprised me to no end, after your story about this encounter I am glad I did not try to approach that one I wouldn't have know I would need to guard my privates LOL :-D

I imagine there are more than a few of these little critters looking for a wet pond to live , it has been pretty dry so far this year...

thanks for sharing , and the chuckle ;-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-04-07 23:37]

Hi Rick.
I did not imagine the behavior of this species. Wonderful and deductive story (and funny for a detached onlooker). I like how well your have reflected the state of mood of the cute animal and aggressive pose. Surroundings are lovely, natural and reproduced perfectly too. Best wishes and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-08 1:11]

Hello Rick,
In my neighbourhood they bring on a lot of damage to the dikes here. So there are special people who try to catch these animals. The result is that they are shy. I didn't know that they are so aggressive.
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours. Mean little eyes.

hello Rick

laughing and in the same time aoutch it hurts
what happened to you this small and cute animal,
fine frontal POV on this photo that gives this
beautiful eye-contact, fine focus sharpness details,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-08 8:15]

Hi Rick
That sound like a great adventure but could have been worst you could have been facing a lion in a safari.That is an excellent closed up .Pin sharp image whit oustanding fur detail.I also like the eye's contact.So it was worth it
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-04-08 15:55]

Hola Rick.
I'm still laughing from reading your written notice. On very rare occasions the women have reason and men must obey.
Great photo. Interesting note.
Please say hi To Lucy. and tell her that I say
"You got what you wanted my friend"

Hello Rick
What a superb face to face !
you have captured this Muskrat very nicely with beautiful sharpess,
great light and nice surroundings
i love his pose and also the POV
Have a good night

Man oh man... Rick,
This is no joke!!! It could give you rabies.
Am glad you are well except the loss of your eyeware.
Yes, this type of imagery taking is fun.
Never had anything closely similar happen to me. A mother Canada goose "hissed" at me; that's all. She said " Not any closer".
Mario buried in snow.... should melt soon we hope.

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