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Mexican prairie dog.

Mexican  prairie  dog.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos, Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-05 10:04
Viewed: 6121
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mexican Prairie Dog. Cynomys mexicanus.

It is a wonderful experence to see this species of prairie dogs in wild running from one burrow to another in his Natural Habitat. I have the privilege to see them very often every time I go to work in the Ranch, becouse I have to pass near by were they really live.

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Sciuromorpha
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Xerinae
Genus: Cynomys
Species: Cynomys mexicanus

This species of prairie dog has a fairly limited distribution; it is found only within parts of Mexico.

These prairie dogs prefer to inhabit rock-free soil in plains with an altitude of 1600-2200 meters (5250-7200 ft). They are found in the regions of southern Coahuila and northern San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico, where they eat herbs and grasses native to the plains where they live. They acquire all of their water from these plants. Although mainly herbivores, they have been known to eat insects or (very rarely) each other.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-07-05 10:06]

Hello Luis,

Not at home, only marking.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-05 10:07]

Hi Luis . As you say so nice to see them in the wild. I love the pose you have captured with it holding the plant. very good detail in thefur , with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Luis
This capture has everything going for it...It is super sharp..The pose is just fantastic and gives a cute look to the Prairie Dog..I would say that this picture would grace the front of any wildlife magazine.
Best Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-05 11:07]

Hola Primo,

I don't think I have ever seen a Prairie Dog in the wild. And I don't think I have seen one in this pose. I love the way he is holding the stem. The face is adorable and the paws are wonderful. Nice natural colors and excellent details of the face, coat, and paws. Looks great in the natural setting.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-07-05 11:32]

Hi Luis,

what an interesting this prairie dog! The photo is very sharp an with beautiful colors.
It seems that it smells the flower.

Regards, Dan

Hola Luis,
Has pegado un verdadero fotón, me gusta mucho el momento captado, justo cuando estaba saboreando unas suculentas hojitas; aunque también es un poco asqueroso porque se ve algo de caca en frente, ja,ja. Ya lo dice el dicho: "donde se come no se ca**" :D

Superb image, Luis.
Very sophisticated.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Splendida cattura, bellissima la composizione con una postura tipica nell'ambiente naturale, ottima nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e compèlimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-05 14:17]

Hi Luis

A lovely shot - excellent pose with superb detail and colour.



You and your wonderful image take my last 2 points for today. I saved them just for you and just for this image Luis. I want take time to thank you for all of your good images, at least from my vantage, and I want you to know that I am still eating tomatoes...Adoro México y a las personas que vienen aquí. Mi país necesita para aceptar algunas nuevas cosas. ¡Deseo que todos los problemas políticos se vayan justo!

Nice shot. The way the prairie dog holds the plant looks very cute.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-05 22:30]

Hello Luis

This is a beautiful image of this prairie dog.
The clarity is super with spot on focus and sharp detail.
Excellent lighting and exposure.
The colours are well saturated.
Nicely captured in it's natural setting.


Hola Luis,
Many thanks for sharing this beautiful image of Prairie dog with us!
very well captured in good pov, sharpness, natural colour and so much details!
well done
muchas gracias

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:01]

hello luis
good capture of this cute model that was giving nice pose to you
i like POV, light, colours and sharpness

Hola Luiis, what a pretty dog:) which I have not seen before. Great detailed and composed shot my friend!
TFS. Have a nice Sunday!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-06 1:48]

Hello Luis,
Not an-every-day photo. Very good image of this Prairie Dog. Excellent sharpnes and details. Beautiful natural colours and a great POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-06 2:39]

Hello Luis,
Excellent capture of this little Prarie Dog busily eating away! Great details and beautiful colours. Well composed too. Strange that they should be called 'dogs', not much similarity to a dog! :-)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-06 2:49]

Hi Luis.
Terrific shot of a fine animal at natural surroundings. All is simply outstanding, and composition, and framing, and POV. Details and sharpness of the FG and animal are ultimate. A bit blurred BG is so amazing as main subject. Bravo. Well done.

Hi Luis

Great shot of this praire dog. I like the way he is holding the plant while keeping an eye on you!
Excellent composition
Great sharpness
Good POV and DOF.
Good background


hello Luis

beautiful image of the Mexican Prairie Dog with very fine
POV, DOF and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
i love that you cliqued the camera, the prairie dog at that pose,



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-06 11:11]

Hola Luis,
That's a very cute model :o) I like the pose you captured, composition and your low POV.
Gracias y saludos,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-06 13:13]

Very sharp and crisp photo of this cute Prairie Dog :-)
They do a lot of droppings don't they! :-)
Great pose and composition.
Effective low-down POV.
Superb DOF.

Well done, Luis!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-06 15:46]

Hi Luis
Wow that is a cristal sharp image.Fur details are outstanding.Great POV and nice color.I like your subject pose.
TFS Michel

Hola Luis,
this is very similar ground squirrel or souslik occurs here. You capture this beautiful rodent with a great shot. sharpness, focus, POV and timing great. Gracias y saludos

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-07 2:14]

Hola Luis,
precioso perrito de las praderas,
bello pelaje.
sensacional pov, y foco.
saludos amigo.


Excellent capture Luis..
Turds & all :)
Very good detail/DOF, exposure, POV, comp, & natural color.
Well done!

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-07-07 22:51]

Pose sympathique pour ce charmant mammifère.
Bonne journée.

Hi Luis, lovely praire dog in great pose, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Though this cute animal does not look like a dog at all, still it named as such, Luis.
Very good shot of the animal doing something with a plant on the ground. Does it eat the plant?
Very sharp image with natural colours.

Hola Luis, muy bonita fotografia, el momento esta muy bien captado, tiene buena luz y naturales tonos de color. Un saludo

Excelente documento hasta hoy desconocido para mí. Buen control de la luz y una piel muy bien captada. Dentro de un rato salgo hacia las montañas de los Pirineos, cerca del pequeño País de Andorra ( al que voy a menudo ) de visita a mis futuros consuegros jajaja...como pasa el tiempo.
Un abrazoLuis y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-13 9:18]

Hi Luis

I always love mammal shots and the pose here makes this one special. Beautifully sharp and well composed. Gret work



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