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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: NIKON D 610, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-14 10:06
Viewed: 1233
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus), also known as the European souslik, is a species from the squirrel family Sciuridae and is besides the speckled ground squirrel (Spermophilus suslicus) the only European representative of the genus Spermophilus. Like all squirrels, it is a member of the rodent order.

The European ground squirrel grows to a length of approximately 20 cm and a weight of between 200 and 400 g. It is a diurnal animal, living in colonies of individual burrows in pastures or grassy embankments. The squirrels emerge during the day to feed upon seeds, plant shoots and roots or flightless invertebrates. The colonies maintain sentinels who whistle at the sight of a predator, bringing the pack scurrying back to safety.

The European ground squirrel hibernates between autumn and March, depending on the climate. In preparation they will build up reserves of brown fat during the late summer.

In early summer, between 5 and 8 cubs are born in one litter.

It is to be found throughout eastern Europe from southern Ukraine, to Asia Minor, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and north as far as Poland.

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Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent POV of this European Ground squirrel.
Precise and Useful NOTE along with this attractive picture.Very sharp picture with good details.Good work as usual.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Marius

Excellent photo European ground squirrel with a very fine POV at its level,
being framed diagonally in the image it gives dynamism to the photo,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, the little catch-light
enhance the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-05-14 11:17]

Buna Marius,
Great capture ..
Beautiful photo with very good composition and good sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-14 11:22]

Hi Marius,this is surely wild and not friendly like the squirrel living in the city parks,and i know how isn't easy to take it so close.A great capture,very impressive detail and great colors and exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Bonsoir Marius,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière et sous un bon angle reprise de vue par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Marius, great capture of cute creature in nice pose, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-05-14 16:52]

A great photograph; Marius. Details fabulous; on this ground squirrel; captured by your amazing approach. The fact that the decision has been made to the ground; emphasized; wisely; the condition of earthly life; between the surface and subsoil of this cute rodent. Bravo!

Hernán Bortondello

Good focus on this nice little fellow. Good pov - seems we stand on same level...

Hello Mr.Marius,
照的很漂亮的土撥鼠 也很清晰 看起來非常溫馨
眼神很可愛 構圖也很美麗 真是好看


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-15 12:02]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this Ground Squirrel in superb sharpness, details and taken from a perfect low POV. Nice diagonal composition in beautiful natural colours.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-05-15 12:17]

Excellent picture! very natural, good sharpness and perfect composition. Congratulation.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-07-22 8:14]

Hi Marius.
What a great photo of a charming creature. Diagonal composition is superb as well as use of DOF and excellent features of the 300 mm lens. Blurred FG and BG underlines the all details of the animal perfectly. Perfect job and all my compliments.

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