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A Meercat: for his eyes only!

A Meercat: for his eyes only!
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 4:22
Viewed: 4432
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A Meercat: for his eyes only!
A Meercat
For my friends of SA... and an intra-terrestial for Greg...

Taken at Granby Zoo.

A meerkat is not a cat, but is a suricate, a member of the mongoose family. (The name meerkat is the general Afrikaans term for mongoose.). Although they sometimes sit up like prairie dogs they are no relation. When stiffly sitting or standing in the exhibit, they are not begging, but are scanning for danger. Vocal communication consists of: murmuring (any activity); growling and spitting (offensive threat); clucking (scolding); peeping (guard's assurance that he's on duty); a clear drawn-out call (avian predators); waauk-waauk, a gruff warning call (ground predators); alarm bark (defiance); and a soft wurruck-wurruck (contentment).

Thank you for looking at him.

Janice, jagathcham, Signal-Womb, AndyB, chiliu, Comandante, wallhalla15, coasties, LordPotty, radz, PDP, liquidsunshine, TAZ, dew77, slrnovice2, Dave has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To KellEy: Wait some years before! ;-)Luc 2 08-20 09:21
To TAZ: 'Suricate' est son nom français...Luc 1 07-01 03:55
To Lagrifajo: dans la langue de Sheakspeare...Luc 3 06-29 22:10
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-29 4:26]

Super shot of the Meercat Luc. Ah, what beautiful eyes he's got, and his fur is so real I feel I can reach out and touch him. Excellent portrait - THE BEST! Well done.

Very good detail capture in this shot. The meercat contrasts well with the background foilage. I like how he is slightly off centred also, Very good.

Yep, you can never go wrong with the Meercat Luc. Lovely capture with good eye contact, nice composition. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-29 5:02]

An excellent shot Luc,
A great pose and I love the sparkle in the eyes.
Great lighting and excellent detail.
Very well done.


Fantastic shot of this fellow with a cute face.
Very sharp image,perfect composition.SUPERB!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:32]


This is too cute for words! :) My gf will love it (will paste & copy & mail the link to this picture in a second). Those eyes are amazing and the details are so sharp. A very beautiful portrait. He looks a little sad. Well done & TFS!


Hello Luc!
What a cute portrait.Details,lighting,clear eyes and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

A beautiful portrait of Timone the meercat.
Excellent composition and details.
Excellent work, I like the stars in his eyes.


Lovely capture my friend - so much charactor in those eyes. Wonder what he is thinking? Tim

It does look a lot like a mongoose.I have sometimes confused them
I wonder how a meerkat would handle a king cobra though?
Another spotless image,Luc. Just Perfect.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-29 8:48]

Woow what cute look!!Fantastic shot.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2005-06-29 13:43]

excelent, one of the best shut of this litle animal I ewer seen

Great shot Luc,
Excellent details, colours, sharpness and composition.
POV is spot on. Excellent capture.
Thanks for posting

Bien belle photo Luc.

Mais si je peux me permettre... pourquoi les commentaires sont uniquement en anglais.
Il s'en trouve certainement quelques-uns qui apprécieraient !

I love this portrait Luc. What a sweet wee face! Excellent catchlight in the eye. Good close details. Tack sharp with fantastic light. And... he has been digging, look at the dirt on the end of the snout! Lovely shot. Thanks.

Hey Luc, this picture is super B.
Excellent portrait, perfectly sharp, great colours as well. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-30 4:04]

Hello Luc!
Very nice portrait.Details,sharpness,especially eyes are great.I liked composition very much.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-30 5:22]

Ahhh, so cute. Lovely image Luc. Great portrait and details. I like it that he is emerging from the leaves. Nice work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-01 3:52]
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Beau portrait for this Meercat ! Comment les appelle-t-on en français ? Les deux petites étoiles dans les yeux sont jolies... Compliments Luc.

Hi Luc, this is beautiful. Such a soulful expression, I love it. Details, BG and colour are superb. Composition excellent. Wish it was mine! Brilliant :)

Oh my! This is so great.
Je pourrais mourrire pour cette expression!

Merci Luc pour cette photo. J'ai lu la discutions et effectivement nous avons tendance à négliger notre belle langue. Tu as raison le français est beaucoup plus explicite et évocatrice pour expliquer l'état qui pouvais nous animer lords de la capture de la photo.
Nous devons toujours nous battre pour cette langue qui est noyée dans un océan d'anglo. Je suis natif de l'Outaouais, plus précisément du compté de Pontiac, ou là, le français est malheureusement vu, comme étant un problème beaucoup plus qu'une culture, une région où l'on connaît pas du tout les artistes francophones.
Bon, assez, je vais trop loin.

Merci :-)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-12 5:35]

It looks like he has been digging. He has a little smudge of dirt on his nose...;-)
Interesting expression he has given you for this beautiful portrait.
Well done Luc!

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