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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-23 3:46
Viewed: 6844
Points: 8
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Capybara - Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

The capybara is a semi-aquatic herbivorous animal, the largest of living rodents and weighs up to 160 pounds (75kg). The capybara lives in the tall grasslands that border rivers, streams and lakes in tropical South America and Panama. The capybara is a gentle creature and will make a low clicking sound when it is happy. The capybara is the only rodent that lives in small herds and they can generally be found in herds of ten consisting of a male with two or three females and their babies. Jaguars ans cougars are the main enemies of the capybara but the are also preyed on by large snakes, alligators and eagles.

We were on the river, so the herd headed towards the woods (actual pic). They left the babies alone on the river side (babies of 30kg !). Those didn’t run away and we could get very close. Lot of trilling in the boat. Not appropriate for sharp pics. PP work : I digitally cloned out a twig which was in the way + contrast ajustment.

I found only 8 capybara postings on TN.

Thanks for looking.

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Hello JeanMarie,
What a strange specie! I never heard of those before…the largest rodent :) He looks like a mix between many different animals. This is a good capture of it with good POV and details. I think that you managed exposure pretty well with those light and shadow even if the BG is a very bright. I like this little spot of sun on its eye. This is a very good contribution to this site. I'm sure that I not the only person who doesn't know this animal :) Well done and TFS,

nice sunglasses, TFS Ori

hello! great shot! nice animal!wonderful light on his eye!TFS
Regards Aga

Hello JeanMarie,
well documenting image of the capybara in its habitat, well managed under the difficult light conditions of dense djunge vegatation under a tropical sun - sparkling light and deep shadows. The natural spot light on the eye is a real eye-catcher here!
To my taste, the image is too centered and may profit from some substantial cropping at the right, and the bottom.
Thank you! With best regards,

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