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Cape Ground Squirrel

Cape Ground Squirrel
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 655 N: 3355] (14152)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2010-11-15
Catégories: Mammals
Appareil photographique: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposition: f/4, 1/2000 secondes
Versions: version originale
Thème(s): Unique pov [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2010-11-26 22:43
Vue: 4547
Points: 58
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Cape Ground Squirrel

The Cape Ground Squirrel is a rodent endemic to South Africa. It measures 450 mm in length and weighs up to 1 kg. Upper parts are cinnamon coloured with a lateral white stripe on either side of the body. White underparts and the distinctive bushy fan-like tail have black based, white tipped hairs. The coat is coarse with little underfur. Winter coat is usually longer than the summer coat.

Predominantly herbivorous, and feeds mainly on roots and bulbs excavated with claws and front teeth. These hard food items are gnawed in typical rodent fashion with the sharp incisors. Always feed on the juiciest plants available. They occasionally take termites during summer.

Although females are reproductively mature at six months, only the ones older than one year are allowed to breed. Females have two pairs of mammary glands and normally give birth to two to six young per litter, each baby weighing 20 grams. Young are altricial and naked at birth. Caring for the young seems to be a community duty, since this task is shared by various females in a colony. Only one adult male as main breeding partner is tolerated by the dominant females, who are normally accompanied by their young of the previous two years. Dispersal of offspring to colonies in adjacent territories only takes place after two years. This dispersal pattern allows for the formation of new groups and enhances gene flow.

Inhabits intermittent shrubby grassy plains. Where Cape Ground Squirrels occur the substrate vary from coarse sand to the harder, fine clay soils of pans and river beds.

Where they are found:
Distributed throughout the Kalahari, Free State, Northern Cape, North West and Southern Cape Provinces towards the Beaufort-West/Graaff-Reinet district.

Shooting in high shutter speed tips - Back to basics ( Part II ):

Shooting in high speed can create truly special images.
Timing is a key element in great action photography. If you shoot at the right moment (actually, just a beat before, to give the camera time to react), you'll get a better shot than if you miss the moment.
When I photograph fast-moving animals, and even slow-moving ones, I often choose to freeze the action because I want a sharp shot. A shutter speed of 1/500th of a second is usually fast enough to freeze most fast-moving animal action.
When an animal is moving extremely fast, as was those Cape Ground Squirrels, I use a 1/2000th of a second shutter speed. When photographing fast moving animals, I recommend setting your camera’s frame advance to the highest frame-per-second rate possible. Doing so will help ensure a nice photograph of the animal.In addition, you want to set your auto focus mode to the focus-tracking mode, so the camera tracks the focus right up until the moment of exposure.

The image of this Ground Squirrels was taken in RAW, ISO640, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-26 23:26]

Hello George
Superb in action capture with sharp details and natural colors. Perfect focus too

really a beautiful and nice action shot. thank you for sharing.

I usually photograph these in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The are an endless source of photographiv opportunities, as is shown in this photo.
Good nature-in-action photo, pin sharp with good detail and true colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-27 1:42]

Hello George,
A nice & funny action capture of this beautiful two ground squirrel. Excellent composition, very good timing and spot on focus. Thanks a lot for sharing this beauty.Best regards Siggi

Hello George! A nice pair. Wonderful scene and scenery. Superb POV and DOF. Perfect exposure and capture. Interesting info. Well done!

This is something spectacular friend George. Looks like one is tickling the other in a playful pose. This is so good with the focus and framing. I'm sure you are enjoying the new optics and the selective focusing here is first class.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend - Jusni

Fine couple in a dynamic scene George, the limited-depth focus resulted in a fine scene with brown tonalities, leading to a nice central composition. TFS it indeed!

Hello Georg
Fantastic duo squirrels, perfect focus highlights great details, great colors.

great capture, TFS Ori

Beautifully done, George.

Very sharp indeed and still a nice depth of field. So both squirrels are sharp. It's a great body and lens combination to do this.
Very good presentation.

I'm happy:-)

Ciao George. Magnificent scenographic and dynamic capture. Top quality, as usual.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8713] (40564)
  • [2010-11-27 5:39]

Hello George,
So lovely, funny, cute..I love this vivd shot. These animals seem to have a lot of fun and your picture is a marvellous illustration of animal life.
The one on the left seems to laugh..
Pleasant composition, excellent light- and movement-management.
Have a nice weekend

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2010-11-27 6:05]

Hello George,
Superb action photo in great sharpness and details. Indeed a very good timing. Excellent DOF with this OOF BG. Very beautiful natural colours. Lovely expression on the faces.

Ciao George, lovely couple of cute creatures in nice action, splendid colors, wonderful light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello George.
Fantastic action photo with beautiful colours and very good composition.

Hello George,
I have a name for your photo today - "Tickle-tickle" because it almost looks like the one is tickling the other. Great action shot and very well done - thanks for sharing.

Hi George,
this picture is great because of your ability to show this action picture. Great!!! Thank you for sharing,

Hello George,
As usual a fantastic capture with such good details and splendid colours.
Outstanding focus and clarity. What an amazing animals......
Thanks for sharing.

Hello George,
excellent picture, great dynamics, wonderful colors, great sharpness, great POV.
Wonderful compliments and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Hi George,

Thanks for the holyday wishes.
This are an very good image by you with good dof and sharpness.
Nicely both sharp.
Fine colors.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6115 W: 89 N: 15224] (63735)
  • [2010-11-27 15:40]

Simply fantastic my friend,your pic are always at the top and i must to give you a big thanks to show us these beauties...fantastic timing,sharpness,colors and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2737 W: 280 N: 4916] (19853)
  • [2010-11-27 19:51]
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Hello George,
A very arrtactive stop action image of these cute little ground squirrel at play. The detail is exceptional and the colors vivid yet natural in appearance. Love the way the one on the left seems to have a smile on his face. Expertly composed with perfect exposure. Super shot!!
We don't have any ground squirrel like this in Ohio, but west of us they have a very similar looking one called the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.

Bonjour George,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage superbement restituée sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hola George

Bella composición de estas dos ardillas jugando o peleando. Muy original con esos tonos marrones en toda la imagen, luz y contrastes perfectos y un buen POV

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello George friend,
Wow! ... This picture seems to be moving! ... Here are a palpable feeling "perfectly 3D" Is difficult do comments on such a high technical quality friend George! ...
** Good note attached (not only by the information about the squirrels, also by the interesting and didactic commentary about the "timing")
Regards, TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2010-12-01 2:33]
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Hello George,
What a brilliant action shot showing these cute Squirrels having an argument. Excellent timing, great focus, sharp details and lovely light and colours.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi George,

You have a magnificent gallery and I fell in love with this shot at first sight. We have ground squirrels here in Tucson (for better or worse) but I have never been fortunate enough to see two interacting. Your timing and technique was perfect to capture such a fantastic action shot. This is one of those rare once in a lifetime masterpieces.


hello George

this is a great action shot of these Cape Ground Squirrels
that are camouflaged with their environment,
very fine POV, DOF and appropriate framing,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2011-01-06 2:18]

Hello George,
such a shot which tells a story of excitement and joyful play.
Well composed and excellent frozen moment.
how the clarity and the details for sharpness are well recorded to present an amusing view.
Excellent composition,really!


Hallo George,
what an incredible picture of these fantastic "dancers"
Ciao Maurizio

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