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Heightened Alert

Heightened Alert
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 7:52
Viewed: 3019
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While searching for a few tasty munchies, the sound of gunfire startled Cuddles. Several more were fired, and once, he raised his his hairs as he tried to identify the threat. He looked back at me more than once (by this time I was sitting down in front of him), and he determined I was not the cause of the danger.

The morning was cool, and even though I sat watching Cuddles, I was paying close attention to his behavior. If there was an immediate danger, I figured his body language would communicate that to me.

He did find a couple of munchies, but before he could really settle down to eat (and I wish I could've gotten photos of something like that!), he spun around and took off at a trot.

Something disturbed him, and figuring if he sensed danger, then it was time for me to get my butt out of there as well.

I hate poachers, especially on this particular day. I knew what they were after (and by this time mother moose and calf managed to escape to much higher ground in a thick tree/high grass area) and not only did they ruin a spectacular shot, but they caused the breakup of a beautiful emerging friendship between me and Cuddles - I figure I have every right to be angry.

If you notice, he is looking off to his right; there are several places to hide and that's one area the shots were coming from. That also means I was in full view of the hunters.

There is the smug satisfaction on my part they left empty-handed, and hopefully empty on bullets. There's a time and place for hunting, but poaching really gets on my nerves when it interrupts treasured moments that make this job so worthwhile.

(Is it wrong to hope all their tires go flat, that their milk goes sour, or that their guns break?)

Thanks for stopping by; as you can see, I've very subtle with my opinions!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-09 8:00]

Hello Kathy, every time I post on TN, I am your neighbour! I don't know what a poacher is so I cannot comment on your notes ;-) but wow, you are getting fantastic pictures of wild animals. This one is so sharp, as sharp as the needles of your friend, and the colours are natural and very beautiful. Thank you!


Hi Kathy,
Extraordinary animal. Photo with an unpleasant story attached. Empty-handed haha:-).
Well done.

Hello Kathy

A beautiful capture of this porcupine,you have every right to be angry.Poachers are lower than low and give all hunters a bad name.Poaching is an offshoot of greed,these individuals want to beat the rest by stealing from the environment.The worst part is most hunting seasons are developed to protect animals,and to ensure their survival.Taking animals outside of the hunting seasons can have disastrous results for animals long range survival.
The shot is sharp and well focused.
Great POV.

hello Kathy

what a excellent shot of the porcupine with his alert pose,
fine POV, excellent sharpness and details
and with excellent history notes of the image, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-09 20:07]

Another great shot of this beautiful animal Kathy,
I suppose I never realized they were this active in the day time, because all the ones I've ever encountered in Penn. was during the evening and night time hours.
I love the pose you captured him in, it makes him look three times bigger then he actually is. Very sharp and detailed image!! TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-09 20:21]

Hello Kathy,
Superior quality image with amazing details and great natural colors.
Love the setting Cuddles is captured in here.
Great work Kathy.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:46]

Hi Kathy
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-10-16 18:26]

Hi Kathy,

Terrific image! The detail of that porcupine is incredible! It seems as though I can see the hairs distinctly all of the way around its body. I've seen dogs after they have had an encounter with a porcupine. I would sure not wish to give "Cuddles" any reason to be unhappy with me. Very nice work! TFS.


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