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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-20 3:05
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Points: 36
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Myocastor coypus

AKA: Coypu

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Hystricomorpha
Infraorder: Hystricognathi
Parvorder: Caviomorpha
Family: Myocastoridae-Ameghino, 1902
Genus: Myocastor-Kerr, 1792
Species: M. coypus

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The coypu, or nutria (Myocastor coypus), is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers. Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.

There are two commonly-used names in the English language for Myocastor coypus. The name nutria (or local derivatives such as "nutria- or nutra- rat") is generally used in North America and Asia; however, in Spanish-speaking countries, the word nutria refers to the otter. To avoid this ambiguity, the name coypu (derived from the Mapudungun word kypu) is used in Latin America and Europe. In France, the coypu is known as a ragondin. In Dutch it is known as beverrat (beaver rat). In Italy, instead, the popular name is, like in North America and Asia, nutria, but it is also called castorino (little beaver), by which its fur is known.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-20 3:08]

Hi Jim,isn't easy to found! I meet it this year for the forst time me too and was a great moment.Very excellent pic,your timing was great,beautiful sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello Jim
a very beautiful close up of this interest animal that you with difficulty meet in Greece, great natural colours and very good details,instructive notes!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-20 3:26]

Hi Jim,
Nice timing, nice photo ...
Nutria and a natural photo.Details clearly and colors are excellent.
Best wishes,

Hallo Jim
A great image with stunning detail. The colour of the tongue underneath the water and details of the eye, wet ear and the snout stands out well and the soggy fur display well. An image of an animal not featured so much and which you where fortunate to capture and share with us. An overall great image, presented in a pleasant manner. Beautiful composition. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Jim,

A close-up very impressive amount, I like the layout of the cut and quality of detail. Excellent note, good job.



hello Jim

excellent close-up photo of the swiming Coypu, fine POV,
fine focus to his wet fur with excellent sharpness and details,



Hello Jim,
Amazing details and excellent capture of Nutria.
Great composition and nice POV.
Sharpnes and natural colours are wonderful.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-20 7:43]

Hello Jim,
A fine close capture of a Coypu, the head in the water being seenfrom a great POV with excellent sharpness, details and colors with great eye contact. Nice composition with the water too.
Thanks and have a god weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-20 9:36]

Hello Jim,
What an impressive close capture of a Coypu! Very well-timed and showing great details and lovely colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-20 10:23]

Hello Jim,
Wonderful moment to come so close to the beverrat. The sharpness and details are outstanding. Beautiful warm colours. Great POV, composition and reflection.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-20 12:38]

Hi Jim. Something a bit different from the birds today. The Coypu always look such a strong looking animal to me. I like this picture with this one in the water. With its large brown eye looking around. Good detail in the wet fur with natural looking colours. well taken TFS.

Have a good weekend.

Dear Jim,
Talking of eye contact - did you actually swim with the animal in the portrait?

But seriously, it certainly is widely distributed, and I seem to remember our guide in Tierra del Fuego talking about it... Where did you photograph it?

It is amazing, how big the snout is - nearly like a dog's. The animal's fur looks quite stiff; talking of which, it is such a shame to kill them for fur-coats.

I guess they became a pest - like so many other introduced animals - by escaping from ranches...

I wonder, why is has such a bright orange tongue?!?

A nice touch to your perfect photo is the choice of maroon font colour for your copyright - matching the colour of the ear.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end
Kind regards

Hello Jim
a fine shot of this Coypu swimming in the water, we have also coypus in our lake, they are very nice animals
the details on the wet fur are superbe, great composition and lovely colors
i love her orange teeth
Have a great sunday

Hello Jim,
a very beautiful portrait of the Nutria, which is a noxious animal in Europe, because it is not autocochthonous and changes the natural biodiversity, very good sharpness and splendid colours, a pleasing close composition
Best regards

Does he shows you his tongue???
Hi Jim, this guy is lovely, I like that moment. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Oportunidad en la captura y colores fielmente reflejados. Este animal no lo tenemos aqu.
Un abrazo y gracias por tus siempre amables comentarios Jim: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-11 13:17]

Hi Jim,

You must have returned while I was gone! So good to see you posting again. I chose to comment on this first because I have never seen a Nutria before. When I was a little girl women wore Nutria coats. Amazing close-up showing off his wet fur and fantastic eye.


Hi Jim,

The close-up view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the head of the coypu. It is clear and sharp. It is well framed. The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. Have a nice day.


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