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Guard duty

This week's theme: Animals

Photo #7 - A meerkat on "sentry duty" at the Singapore zoo. These animals work co-operatively in groups and are always assign 1 member of the mob to be on the look out for predators. This fella even went into high alert each time an aircraft flew over the zoo (even if they are very high above).

This shot was taken with Denosha's Canon 70-200 IS with a  1.4x teleconverter attached. The image is still pretty much tack sharp, showing how good the lens really is.

This photoblog is updated daily. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

Guard duty

This week's theme: Animals

Photo #7 - A meerkat on "sentry duty" at the Singapore zoo. These animals work co-operatively in groups and are always assign 1 member of the mob to be on the look out for predators. This fella even went into high alert each time an aircraft flew over the zoo (even if they are very high above).

This shot was taken with Denosha's Canon 70-200 IS with a  1.4x teleconverter attached. The image is still pretty much tack sharp, showing how good the lens really is.

This photoblog is updated daily. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

comments (16)

What a cute little fella!
  • sk
  • 5 Mar 2006, 00:21
Nice shot, I like it a lot
You must look very friendly if he didn't went in high alert when he saw you taking his picture...;-)

Inded a good lens and probably a good photographer behind it ! ;-)
The Maven: I'm not too sure if I looked friendly or not... but without doubt, the last thing the little Meerkat saw was a huge barrel aimed at him. What's worse, the name on thing was "Cannon"... erm, I mean "Canon". wink The 70-200 f/2.8 IS is one huge beast of a lens!
Nice shot. Nice also your others works. Many thanks for your comments and your frequent visits to my photoblog.
The Maven: Hi Roberto! Thanks for returning the visit. Hope you will drop by often. We're quite a friendly bunch here. smile
Nice shot, Duane. Great composition
  • Shuva
  • 5 Mar 2006, 06:48
No doubt abut the lens...its really cool!
The Maven: Hehe... I'm biased, but I actually preferred my 100-400L after comparing the 2 lenses for zoo shooting (weight is similar!). The convenience of the push-pull zoom really grows on you after some time. Though I'm sure the 70-200 would be nicer for stuff like event photography.
  • Micki
  • 5 Mar 2006, 08:11
Brings to mind Lion King 1 1/2. You are so good at this type of photography!
like it smile
Thats a great shot once again. The sharpness of the little guys fur is terrific.
  • morris
  • 5 Mar 2006, 12:10
you should be able to do bettur than this.
What do you think of the exposhure?
The Maven: Thanks for the comments Morris! It's great to have a post from you here. smile You're right, the colour is rather light in this one. Perhaps over exposure? Thankfully, it was shot in RAW, so maybe I can fiddle the settings a bit to get more contrast.
Tena koe ehoa
You have a rapport with animals! He looks preocupied by something? Great expressive animal image Duane! My mother would'd knocked me upside the head if I had nails like that!
The Maven: The meerkat was probably looking at another zoo visitor. Kids with shrill (and loud) voices are quite disturbing to them. But it's not as bad a the Night Safari - the leopards there are really agitated. People using flash and knocking on the glass of the animal enclosures.

Ps. I would be worried too if you had nails like THAT. wink
  • roger
  • 5 Mar 2006, 18:54
Awesome shot. Great detail.
  • jlc
  • 5 Mar 2006, 19:04
very nice series of course !

I love your works on animals wink
I love meerkat, especially when they are standing. This one is a nice pose of the meerkat.
And ... taken in Singapore zoo ?? Probably the same meerkat as the one I took the photo of last year. smile
The Maven: Yep! It was taken in the Singapore Zoo. Every year when I go back to Singapore for holiday, I visit either the Bird Park or the Zoo (alternating). There's a large Meerkat exhibit in the London Zoo too. Though the last time I went, the longest lens I had was a 70-400 without TC. Hope to get better shots on my next trip.
  • Dia
  • 5 Mar 2006, 21:46
Cute!! smile Is he staring at something particular?
The Maven: Welcome to my photoblog Dia! Hope to see you here often.

Not too sure what the Meerkat is staring at. Perhaps another zoo visitor next to me. We weren't too far away from them, and they do get a bit agitated when people talk too loudly (especially screaming or crying kids).
This photo is perfect in every way ... the composition, the DoF, the tones, the expression. Excellent capture!!!

Your photos are all magnificent! : ))

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