Mini Challenge #143 - "Critters"

davevdavev Getting older by the dayPosts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
edited June 2, 2012 in The Dgrin Challenges
I see we haven't had a purely animal challenge in a while, so, lets have one.

Critters to me means anything that walks, crawls, or flies that isn't human.

So whether you're a birder, or take photos of insects, or 4 leggers, you can all get something into this one.

The challenge starts now, and ends on Friday, June 1st 2012, at 6:00 PM Central Daylight Savings Time.

This is a one week challenge folks.

So dig though your older shots, or get out this long weekend and get some critter images.

As always, the success of the Minis are when folks comment on others shots.
So enter your images, comment on others, and lets have a little fun.





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3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
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  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 26, 2012
    A few examples.

    A deer in a park
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    A bird on the wing
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    A moose having a snack
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    Or maybe a dragonfly enjoying the day.
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    Remember to comment on someone elses shots. Everyone likes a pat on the back every now and then.
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    An osprey



    why would a wasp take a rock



    sushi
    Jeff W

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  • DsrtVWDsrtVW Light Stalking Posts: 1,990Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    Critter Beauty
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    Crevice Critters
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    It's a Critter eat Critter World
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    Chris K. NANPA Member
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  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    #1 - What a good nap looks like
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    2 - What alert looks like
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    3 - Peekaboo! I See Ewe!
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  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    DsrtVW wrote: »
    Critter Beauty

    Chris - That first one is brilliant.

    Eric
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    good gear; not enough time
  • ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdn Posts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    1. morning gull
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    2. sheepish grin
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    3. "Who are you calling 'squab'?"
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    uosuıɥ ƃǝɹƃ
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  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    1. Eastern bluebird:
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    2. Great egret coming in:

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    3. Thermophilic critters:

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    good gear; not enough time
  • chrisdgchrisdg Major grins Posts: 366Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    ghinson wrote: »
    1. morning gull
    4095761753_0f5df58f61_o.jpg

    2. sheepish grin
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    3. "Who are you calling 'squab'?"
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    These are awesome!
  • chrisdgchrisdg Major grins Posts: 366Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 27, 2012
    "Get a haircut!"

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    Bovine, none more awesome than Scottish Highland cattle.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    I don't have anything really good enough to compete with you guys, but I offer three images taken about 10-30 years apart with three different cameras. (I note that the rules say it is helpful to list the camera, so I've done that.)

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    1965 Monterey County Fair - Kodak Retina Reflex - scanned slide

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    1997 Atlantic Spadefish - St. John USVI - with my first dive camera which I lost on a dive in Cozumel.

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    2008 Penguins and Pelicans - off the coast of Callao (Lima) Peru - taken from a small boat with a Kodak DX6490

    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    Wow... I can already see that I'm not worthy (insert Wayne & Garth voice here). Greg, your shots never cease to maze me... that morning gull is amazing. Love the overlay texture as well (I'm assuming that's what it is) it ads just the right touch!

    With that said... I'll play along...

    1. My Boo Boo
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    2. Gull on it's perch - Salton Sea, CA
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    3. Blue Whale!
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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    jwear wrote: »

    why would a wasp take a rock

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    Lovely picture of what I think is a parasitic wasp. I think I’ve got this right ?

    If so, I expect you know this…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>

    This wasp will dig a hole in the ground and find and carry a small rock to block the hole. It will then paralyze a caterpillar, unblock the hole again and in goes the caterpillar, which stays alive, and one of its own eggs and blocks the hole again. You can guess what’s next – ugh. Sci-Fi monster movies have nothing worse than earth nature! <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>

    Great shot - Alan<o:p></o:p>
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    chrisdg wrote: »
    "Get a haircut!"

    IMG1548-Britain-XL.jpg

    Bovine, none more awesome than Scottish Highland cattle.

    Veronica Lake of the bovine set- although I think she was a brunette
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    DsrtVW wrote: »
    Critter Beauty
    Pomegrante-Roost-XL.jpg

    Stunning Shot !
    DsrtVW wrote: »
    Crevice Critters
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    Brilliant Shot - I'm just wondering what it would look llike if photoshop'd to tone down the concrete a little - however still a great shot for me.

    Alan
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    2. sheepish grin
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    [/QUOTE]

    Honey let me get that grass out of your hair, or your dad will have a fit.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    Great standard again everyone.

    Some of my efforts ...

    This bird (Black Kite - Kenya) and its cargo landed in the tree we were parked under. This is not a great shot as unfortunately I had to blow out the sky to get the shot, but I thought I’d show it for interest and the Yuk factor! Hopefully the critter was actually dead at this point!

    Eye to Eye Contact
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    We came across an exhausted baby elephant lying on the ground with some very agitated elephants circling around protecting it. We watched this behaviour for quite some time thinking the baby was dead. To our surprise the youngster got up and was immediately reassured by all the others – a very tender moment, and I confess we had serious lumps in our throats!
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    Elephant Tenderness
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    Straight forward Puma shot which looked up from taking a drink. Actually not much post processing which is not what I would suspect looking at my shot.
    <o:p></o:p>
    Puma.<o:p></o:p>
    IMG8765-Edit-XL.jpg

    Alan.
  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Posts: 1,461Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    Siamese 2 Year Old Grand Premier
    His name is "Prince". We got him 10 days ago and he is still transitioning into his new home. He is QUICK, Very Quick. Hard to get a portrait type shot of him. UCLA coach John Wooden who valued quickness would have loved him. Hopefully, I can get a better shot of him in the next day or so.


    Prince-Upload-XL.jpg
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    Phil
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    chrisdg wrote: »
    "Get a haircut!"


    Bovine, none more awesome than Scottish Highland cattle.

    That is terrific, Chris. It has great color, texture and pop.
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    good gear; not enough time
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Lovely picture of what I think is a parasitic wasp. I think I’ve got this right ?

    If so, I expect you know this…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>

    This wasp will dig a hole in the ground and find and carry a small rock to block the hole. It will then paralyze a caterpillar, unblock the hole again and in goes the caterpillar, which stays alive, and one of its own eggs and blocks the hole again. You can guess what’s next – ugh. Sci-Fi monster movies have nothing worse than earth nature! <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>

    Great shot - Alan<o:p></o:p>
    the best ID I had was
    Ammophila Thread-waisted Wasp You are right and the time it takes to make the hole <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029383/emoji/eek7.gif&quot; border="0" alt="" > and what happens is anothe wasp will come by and dig it up ,take off the egg put on it's egg and recover . They take real care in the finish work on top Thanks for the comment and
    knowledge
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • SnowgirlSnowgirl Major grins Posts: 2,155Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 29, 2012
    Just had to play too. 1DMKIV, 70-200f/2.8IS + 2X, ISO 1250, FL 235mm, f/5.6, 1/640, partial metering mode,

    "Barn Cattitude"

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  • CodyBoxerCodyBoxer Big grins Posts: 39Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 29, 2012
    Re: Critters
    I'm really impressed by the work I'm seeing in this thread. Especially the bird shots, I'm a softie for those.
    Any way, here are my three.

    #1 I chose this one just to add another example of a parasitic wasp. I don't know what kind of wasp.

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    New Jersey Pine Barrens by gmontjr, on Flickr


    #2 This goofball was sitting on a deck railing at a vacation rental. It wanted some of my chips and salsa. I think it's a Laughing Gull

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    Laughing gull? by gmontjr, on Flickr


    #3 Last one is of a flying squirrel that was hanging on our bird feeder, nomming the sunflower seeds. It was surprisingly non-skittish. We've been living in our house for 21 years now, and this is the first time that I've seen this critter. It's a Southern Flying Squirrel, btw.

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    flying_squirrel-1159 by gmontjr, on Flickr
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 30, 2012
    critters entry from kdub
    owl be there in a second...
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    bee still
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    don't bug me
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  • jttphotojttphoto Big grins Posts: 36Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 30, 2012
    This is a cross spider that hung out near my gutters two falls ago.
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  • zoomnzoomn Major grins Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 31, 2012
    Great stuff here!!! I'll join in:

    1.

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    2.

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    3.

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  • PhotosbychuckPhotosbychuck Marshall, NC Posts: 1,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 31, 2012
    Here Kitty Kitty
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    Photo taken with Nikon D300S & Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.




    Charles Cassidy,
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  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 1, 2012
    Last day folks, get those photos in.
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • jwngreenjwngreen Big grins Posts: 17Registered Users Big grins
    edited June 1, 2012
    Amazing photos so far, I'm definitely inspired to get out and shoot some more. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out this week but I dug through the archives and found a few to throw in:

    1. Poconos - Nikon d80 18-135 f/3.5-5.6
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    2. Local Brewery (Sly Fox) Annual Goat Races - Canon t2i EF 28mm f/1.8
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    3. Monterey Bay Aquarium - Canon t2i EF 24-105 f/4L
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    Any comments/ideas/criticisms etc are always appreciated!
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 1, 2012
    jwngreen wrote: »
    Amazing photos so far, I'm definitely inspired to get out and shoot some more. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out this week but I dug through the archives and found a few to throw in:


    Any comments/ideas/criticisms etc are always appreciated!

    I really love your photo of the toad - I'm no expert and just an idea ... the red in the top left corner tends to pull my eye from the subject and does not fit in with the other lovely colours in the shot. I wonder what it would be like slightly cropped down from the top to exlude it, or use photo shop to darken and or de-saturate this colour / area to remove the redness.

    As previously said though ... a cracking shot.

    Alan.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 1, 2012
    jttphoto wrote: »
    This is a cross spider that hung out near my gutters two falls ago.
    1011891804_hBruZ-M.jpg

    1011893580_YMfSP-M.jpg

    1011894619_jJrAN-M.jpg

    Gives a new meaning to the phrase "hairy beast". I must say that even though I'm not bug/insect phobic - these give me the creeps. Really good photos though - I like the second one best
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • jwngreenjwngreen Big grins Posts: 17Registered Users Big grins
    edited June 1, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    I really love your photo of the toad - I'm no expert and just an idea ... the red in the top left corner tends to pull my eye from the subject and does not fit in with the other lovely colours in the shot. I wonder what it would be like slightly cropped down from the top to exlude it, or use photo shop to darken and or de-saturate this colour / area to remove the redness.

    As previously said though ... a cracking shot.

    Alan.

    Thanks Alan, that's a great idea. I guess I've seen the photo too many times and don't even notice little details like that so the outside perspective is definitely helpful. I'll play around with it a little bit and see what the outcome is. I appreciate the positive feedback on the shot!
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