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Masked bandits

Masked bandits
Photo Information
Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon EM, Kodak Gold 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-26 16:49
Viewed: 3960
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Cumberland Island is a national seashore. No buildings or vehicles are allowed on the island except, of course, when John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessett! LOL!! It is a wonderful habitat for wild horses which were left by the Spaniards, all types of birds, opposums, racoons and small rodents. There are also feral pigs and deer. I was walking on the beach when I came upon these racoons. The small palms behind them are called palmettos and are a vital part of the habitat of the maritime forest on the island.

The racoon (Pryocyon lotor) is a reddish-brown above and black or greyish below. The most prominent characteristics are the bushy tail with 4-6 black or brown rings and the black mask outlined in white. The ears are small and the feet and forepaws are dexterous.

Distribution - This animal is native to the southern part of the Canadian provinces and most of the United States. It is most common along stream edges, open forests and coastal marshes where it is pictured here.

Biology - The raccoon inhabits hollow trees and logs for homes and often use the ground burrows of other animals for raising their young or for sleeping during the coldest part of the winter months. An average of 4-5 young are born in April-May; the mother at first carries them by the nape of the neck like a cat; they are weaned by late summer. Omnivorous, it feeds on grapes, nuts, grubs, crickets, small mammals, birds' eggs and nestlings. Often seen washing their food, the raccoon is actually feeling for matter that should be rejected as the wetting of the paws enhances its sense of feel. Winter is the raccoons greatest enemy when food is scarce.


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Hi Alli,
A nice capture on this masked pair. A great natural scene. Of course the location is great!. I hope to make it there soon. Hopefully in the fall...

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-09-27 3:06]

Great shot, Alli. It was hard to see these little guys in the thumbnail, but the title definitely drew my attention. I like how you have chosen to frame the shot and the scale of it - making the raccoons almost hidden in the shade. They seem to be very alert and 'casing the joint'. Well captured.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-27 5:54]
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Hello Alli!
Very nice pair.Details,colors,framing,POV and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-09-28 17:45]

Nice capture of these lil bandits:0It is a very cute photo.Raccoons are one of my favorite animals.I like how they stand on their feet and look :)TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-01 20:13]

Yes, I know the very well from the time I lived in Mississippi :-) Since few years we have wild racoons in Poland. Very invasive and harmful for local birds! TFS! Michal

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-10 20:45]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete. Interesting intro!
Thank you Alli.
p.s.: I sent you an e-mail.

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