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WheRE is my HoRSe ?

WheRE is my HoRSe ?
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-09 4:18
Viewed: 2767
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The meerkat (Afrikaans: lit. lake cat), or suricate, is a small mammal averaging about 2 lb (1 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.

Meerkats have strong, curved front claws for digging and a sharply-pointed snout. They are brown with short, parallel stripes across their backs. They are known for standing upright to keep watch, search for prey or warm their stomachs. Meerkats have been known to engage in strange social activities, including what appear to be wrestling matches and foot races. More than one field researcher has reported witnessing meerkats in some sort of singing ceremony they compared to yodeling.

The meerkat is carnivorous, consuming mostly insects and spiders but also other small mammals. Meerkats are burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they only leave during the day. Colonies can consist of up to 40 individuals. They hunt in groups and protect their young.

Meerkat calls have recently been noted to carry an element of meaning, with specific calls alerting to the approach of snakes, birds of prey, or other predators. How these calls evolved is not clear. They are a clear demonstration that meaning is not solely the domain of human language, although no one would claim that the calls of the meerkat constitute a form of language.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-09 4:26]

Ha, I see what you mean, the old cowboy standing there.
Excellent POV Radu looking up at him as he's standing there in the sun. Nice and sharp and clear. Well done.

These are great critters to watch. Full of energy. Never a dull moment. This is a really nice shot. Lots of good clear sharp details. Nice pose too. Thanks.

  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-09 6:41]
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A fantastic capture Radu. Very well composed, exposure is spot on and details are tack sharp. Well done & TFS!


Hi Radu. This is a nice portrait. Lots of detail and an interesting pose. The exposure is good and you've made a great job of the composition. TFS :)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-09 9:57]

These animals are so funny to watch. You caught this one well.
Nice pose and contrast.

Thanks for sharing.


What a delightful photo complete with foot stompin' title, Radu!
Great capture, wonderful pose, good note.
Another fine composition, thank you.

I am still chuckling over that title. thanks ;-D

Hello Radu
Very nice Shoot


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-09 22:41]

Belle pose du spécimen et bonne netteté.

Félicitations !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-10 16:26]

Great title! Made me laugh. He also look like (s)he's been packing away a few too many beans.

Excellent pose and good POV, I like it alot. Well done.

Radu, Very nice pose and POV. Great light, details and sharpness. The dark BG sets off the meerkat nicely, Well done!

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-10-03 22:46]

I am a great fan of Meerkat and their social behaviour ..... good capture of the moment man
cheers .... sarju

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