Prairie Dog (Cynomys)

Uploaded: September 06, 2012


I did not take this from the train. Was taken at Fairmont Banff Springs but I took the opportunity to introduce him on the Prairie. There are five species of Prairie dogs and I think this is the Utah species (parvidens) which has reddish brown fur with a white tipped tail. They are named for their habitat and warning call which sounds similar to a small dog barking. They live in towns, are social, well organized and have a communication system. They live in burrows 16 to 30 feet long, 6 to 10 feet below ground which have specialized chambers for certain purposes. They are on the USA threatened species list.


Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 06, 2012

Since my 24-105 lens was broken (still being repaired) I was limited to using 17-40 EF L lens. Took this at 40mm, ISO 800 at F/10 to get 1/250 sec at -0.67ev. I added the peripheral blur to enhance attention. #1484859

Robert R. Goodman level-addict September 06, 2012

Hi Emile,Did a great job on that DOF my friend.Beautiful capture,we only see them in northern Az!!!!! #10311211

Stan Kwasniowski September 06, 2012

Emile, use to try and catch these when I was a small kid, made a lasso and placed it over the hole, when they popped their heads up, zap, then I would let go of the string so an not to be bitten #10311247

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe September 06, 2012

Excellent capture Emile! #10311255

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict September 06, 2012

Great animal image, Emile!

Dominick #10311327

Patrick Rouzes level-classic September 06, 2012

Exceptional clarity, tones, detail, pose & expression, Emile! Love the info too! WTG, my friend!

Tiia Vissak September 06, 2012

a cute capture! #10311533

JO ANN CLEVELAND September 06, 2012

Wow Emile, love it and especially your treatment..

jo ann c. #10311579

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 06, 2012

Thanks Bobby, Stan, Jeff, Dominick, Patrick, Tiia and JO ANN #10311658

Anita Hogue September 06, 2012

Its awesome Emile! #10311758

John Connolly September 06, 2012

A wonderful animal capture Emile! You seem to have had more than your fair share of breakages on that trip! #10311789

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe September 06, 2012

Great prairie dog image. Very sharp and you did a great job with the background. Love seeing his expression. Great capture Emile! #10312346

Stefania Barbier level-addict September 06, 2012

so cute!!!! adorable capture!!! #10312376

Joy Rector September 07, 2012

love this capture #10312706

frank w. degenhardt level-classic September 07, 2012

You did a beautiful job with the details and pose of this little fella. I love how they have that little barking thing they do.
You have one gorgeous gallery here filled with lovely images my friend. It was a joy to see your works. #10312822

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 07, 2012

Thanks Anita, John, Phyllis,Stef, Joy and Frank #10312947

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe September 09, 2012

Wow capture and wonderful pov and detail, Emile!!! Super capture!! #10315267

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 09, 2012

Thanks Ellen #10315415

Nancy L. Green level-classic September 09, 2012

WONDERFUL capture or this little cutie pie Emile, I am impressed with the great detail in the fur, VERY well done!! <>< #10315797

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 09, 2012

Thanks Ellen. #10315815

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic September 09, 2012

Wonderful close up Emile!,
Amalia #10316232

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 10, 2012

Thanks Amalia #10316818

Laura E. Swan level-classic February 20, 2013

These little cuties should be our National Animal and not the Beaver!! Lol....Great capture here, Emile! You captured the Heart of Canada right here!!! Hahaha!

-Laura :) #10576659

Emile Abbott level-deluxe February 20, 2013

Thanks Laura. #10576687

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