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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS10D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 6:18
Viewed: 5804
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Souslik was photographed at the same spot than the Steppe Polecat from my last post. In fact Sousliks are the main prey for Steppe Polecat.

From Wikipedia,
The genus Spermophilus is the largest genus of ground squirrels and the one that contains the species that are most common and familiar in North America. Members of the genus are found from western Europe to Siberia and Alaska to northern Mexico. They are sometimes called sousliks or susliks.

Ground squirrels may sometimes carry fleas that transmit diseases to humans (see Black Plague), and have been destructive in tunneling underneath human habitation. Though capable of climbing, ground squirrels spend little time in trees.

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Hola Tom
Una captura muy interesante, con ese topillo en esa posición altiva. Buen trabajo.

hi tom,
a cute little fellow !
like its pose and this serious facial expression.
a lovely compostion - well seen.

Cool shot of this little one :)

Hi Tom,verry good picture of this souslik.Well done,TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-15 20:43]

Hello Tom

A very good image of this inquisitive Souslik.The focus is sharp and the details and textures of the fur show very well.Wonderful eye contact with nice catch light.Well composed.TFS


hi tom,

real nice pose of this sweetie guy.i like his hand!"inquisitive" is the word!nice fur details!

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-16 1:56]

Wow, this is really great. I love the pose and the beautiful eye! Great photo, Tom!

Best regards/Bengt

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-16 3:05]

Hi Tom

Good POV with great eye contact. Nice detail in the fur.


Well done, Tom
Sharp depicted. Beautiful animal. A Souslik...I learn..:-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-16 19:53]

Tom, this is cute and beautiful; besides, excellent composition, pose, catchlight, colors and lighting.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-19 10:24]

Hello Tom,
Excellent capture of this little Ground Squirrel. I likeits pose with the straight back!! Great sharpness and fine coloiurs. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

I don't understand why this shot has so little points. It has great definition and very good composition, with sharp details and pleasant colors.

Well done!


These guys look very much like Arctic Ground Squirrels, here in Alaska (same genus in fact). Your image is very well exposed, and the posture is great. I think this may have worked better as a vertical, he seems a little cramped in the horizontal composition.

-Dave Shaw

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