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Ground Hog (Juvenile)

By glazzaro  
Good Evening

Well I just got back from Virginia, two days of nothing but back to back meetings! As just as I was heading out of the office to go get in the car a drive back to Delaware I see this juvenile Ground Hog in front of my car, and just when I thought I was not going to get any shots while in Virginia! So I dedicate this shot to Allan Harrison, alias Acharr , who reminds us never to leave home without our camera! Thanks Allan, I remembered to leave mine in the car while in meetings, came in real handy. Please stop by and look at his close up of a month, really excellent detail.

Well it looks like the weekend is shaping up to be real nice again, so Cesie and I plan on going out for some more shots at Bombay Hook, we will be looking for the fox cubs and some early spring deer calves. For those of you already starting your weekend, hope it is clear skies and smooth sailing! Wink


Location: Dulles, Virginia USA
Special Equipment: N/A
Processing: Saturation and contrast, spot sharpened with hand tool.
Weather: Early afternoon, 1:30 pm.
Tripod : No
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens : Nikon 80-400mm VR
Focal Len : 250mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority
Metering Mode : Multi-Pattern
Exposure : -0.7
Shutter : 1/180
F Stop : F 7.1
ISO : 200

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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arnieg 18 704 England
25 May 2006 6:45PM
excellent shot first ground hog i have seen
User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
25 May 2006 6:51PM
they can sniff popcorn a mile away!.... nice one Greg!
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
25 May 2006 7:12PM

C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
25 May 2006 8:40PM
LOL - like some mini dinosaur, well caught!
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
25 May 2006 9:37PM
Excellent detail!
Glynn 16 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 10:06PM
Excellent shot & very sharp. Well caught.

wyatturp 16 2 England
25 May 2006 10:11PM
Good detail the long bit of grass takes my eye a bit, hope i am not to picky.
beaniebabe 16 2.3k England
25 May 2006 10:12PM
Greg a lovely shot, have never seen one of these thanks

Angie x
ColouredImages 18 47 35 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 10:28PM
Another super wildlife shot Greg
Ajack 16
25 May 2006 10:39PM
Fabulous shot Greg lovely detail
chase Plus
17 2.4k 624 England
25 May 2006 11:20PM
Nice capture Greg,good job you had your camera handy!Lovely detail as always,your ability to spot wildlife astonishes me.
AlanBW 16 20 England
25 May 2006 11:32PM
First one I have seen, you have captured in in fine detail - well done
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 12:02AM
so thats what a groundhog looks like.. nice one
Jasbe 17 116 England
26 May 2006 12:15AM
Great shot Greg,
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
26 May 2006 12:59AM
Well--- I have seen plenty of Ground Hogs-- aka Whistle Pigs--Great hole diggers-- Must have smelled some of your famous french fries --wanted to get his share--

A well done image of trouble!

TonyA 17 11 Spain
26 May 2006 12:59AM
Great image with excellent detail.

covey 17 1.7k Ireland
26 May 2006 2:38AM
Something different Greg,


Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
26 May 2006 3:07AM
Don't see many of these on EPZ Greg, top class natural history work once again mate.

26 May 2006 4:01AM
never seen one before,great shot and capture
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
26 May 2006 4:12AM
Hi Greg,amazing capture,never seen one befor either.Thanks for sharing him.Take care.AnnSmile
26 May 2006 4:27AM
Great capture, a new little animal to me.
pcjackso Junior Member 17 7
26 May 2006 4:52AM
Greg this is a gorgeous little fellow.super detail.
Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 4:57AM
well caught greg, super detail
Desh_M 17 410
26 May 2006 5:18AM
yet another superb shot
i have nothing else to say, I simply enjoy your work very well
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
26 May 2006 6:06AM
You are just having WAY too much good luck lately! First a den of foxes, and now this right near your car? Maybe you should attend more meetings! Best hedgehog shot I've ever seen.
panda 18 5 1 England
26 May 2006 7:42AM
Looks like a shot straight from a nature book, quality image.

Regards Phil
VNelson 17 3 United States
26 May 2006 7:56AM
Great shot, special good luck. Arn't you afraid of roasting your camera in the car?

daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 9:53AM
So that's what they look like! Very educational Greg thank you. Lovely detail my friend.

TessC 16 1 Ireland
26 May 2006 10:15AM
Wow, how wonderful. I wish I lived in a place were you came upon these kinds of animals around my car!! Good photo opportunity! Lovely Greg..
A_Harrison 17 261 Canada
26 May 2006 10:29AM
Super on the fly catch Greg ....ant thanks very much fot the promo.

Pegon 17 78 1 England
26 May 2006 11:25AM
An excellent shot Greg with superb detail and a nice catchlight.
BarbaraB 17 53 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 12:44PM
Never seen one before! Brilliant shot...well worth a 50th click!
REKLAW 17 3 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 12:49PM
nice detail and clarity Greg.
pcheywood 17 1.3k England
26 May 2006 2:15PM
Hey, it's not a hedgehog, but a nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat. Hope you get the pictures you planned to, but then again why wouldn't you? Does your back itch??
26 May 2006 3:58PM
Great detail.
I thought of you yesterday morning when I saw three fox cubs playing and generally nosing around. The longest lens I had with me was about 30mm so no pictures I am afraid.

KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 8:59PM
hi Greg well spotted, camera in car at all times...Good tip
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
27 May 2006 12:21AM
excellent capture,great detail well done.

georg 17 4 South Africa
27 May 2006 4:40AM
lovely detailed shot. He looks quite young.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
27 May 2006 7:12AM
A superb capture Greg.Great clarity and what a lovely bright eye.
Good job you didn't run him over - there would have been no more 'ground hog days' for him.

P181 16 5 United Kingdom
27 May 2006 8:40AM
Never seen one before, thanks for sharing, very good detail

evelen 17 5 England
27 May 2006 9:02AM
excellent capture.
Hawkgenes 17 10 United Kingdom
27 May 2006 12:12PM
I havn't seen one of these before Greg. Your capture is wonderful, you really have shown the essence of the animal here, with great detail and clarity. I also like the natural composition

bzbee 18 108 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2006 12:25PM
What an amazing shot - I thought groundhogs were mythological beings!!! It looks like a bit like a British hedgehog with a short back and sides... Beautifully presented as usual and thanks for sharing this, Greg. Have a great weekend
exposure Plus
18 6.1k United Kingdom
27 May 2006 1:24PM
Lovely sharp detail catchlights and composition.
bauer 18
27 May 2006 7:39PM
Una maravilla de fotografa..Clickk.
27 May 2006 9:19PM
always such an interesting,wonderful portfolio. a delight to see.another well done image.
angelamary 16 6 England
28 May 2006 3:23AM
Aww! Bless! Looks as if he's trying to make himself look all big and ferocious... Didn't work much, did it! Good shot, well caught!
28 May 2006 4:02AM
looks like me on a bad day lol
ps are you coming over to this side of the pond for the 18th june??
Big_Beavis 17 5 2 England
28 May 2006 1:32PM
Yet another cracking shot.

tonymarq 16 1 United States
29 May 2006 1:19PM
Greg great capture as saw my first one since i moved up here run up the street!

stay well
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
30 May 2006 2:24AM
Good shot, Greg. Lucky moment. I catched in South Africa a Turtle crossing the street.
daringdaphne 18 82 United Kingdom
30 May 2006 2:47AM
Hi Greg: another first for me, Never seen one of these although he looks something like a hedge hog! Very good, yes, I was at a school for ballerinas at the week end and saw some delightful little stars, hubby wouldn' t let me take their picture oh boy always carry the camera. and be alone.

claret 18 49 England
31 May 2006 10:55PM
Obviously know the film but never saw one before. Looks a bit like a long-legged hedgehog.
sputnki 18 10 Canada
2 Jun 2006 12:41AM
Hey Greg, great to see you keeping the camera handy! I notice you've been favouring the D200, a little easier to carry than the D2Xbrick? I read a review that said the D2X was good for everything including fending off muggers!

Really enjoyed the fox pup series, a nice addition to your portfolio!

8 Jun 2006 2:24PM
ha ha! so that's what they look like!
Another superb shot.
pks 18 2 England
9 Jun 2006 10:12AM
love it great shot well taken

SoupyD 16
9 Jun 2006 1:03PM
nice shot, well caught Smile
BerthaDBluze 17 19
22 Jun 2006 12:30AM
LOL! The only critters I ever see in front of my car are the neighbor's cats...and the occasional opposum when I'm driving. Smile Great shot with nice detail. I've never seen one this close. Smile

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