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Yellow-bellied Marmot

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 4 August 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Yellow-bellied marmot
Marmots hibernate through the winter. Most are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.
Marmots mainly eat greens and many types of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, roots and flowers.

This one was usually hanging out near the river in the afternoon by our lodging in Estes Park, Colorado.

NIKON D5000 1/180 second F/8.0 ISO 400 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Quite a charming animal. It is also wise, as to spend the winter sheltered from the cold.

4 Aug 2012 6:05am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Well done - if you'd increased the contrast a little - I think that dappled light would have added something to the scene - what do you think ? :-)

4 Aug 2012 6:18am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A beautiful animal portrait

4 Aug 2012 6:56am

VISU...ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very nice meeting

4 Aug 2012 8:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

looks as if you just told him to sit :) Nice

4 Aug 2012 8:58am

@grouser: Wait until next week. She does sit. ;-)

rick from brisbane, Australia

He looks like he might be a bit of a character. Thanks for sharing.

4 Aug 2012 11:47am

@rick: She really is a character. More about that next week. ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Fun shot ... so stand up and show us your 'yellow belly'. ;D

4 Aug 2012 1:53pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: She will - next week. ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe captage de cette mamortte mangigique compo.

4 Aug 2012 2:08pm

Tara from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic find!!! Great shot!!!

4 Aug 2012 4:40pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

je croyais que c'était un myocastor

4 Aug 2012 5:17pm

franz from Baden, Austria

love the selective dof here that gives us an excellent impression of this pretty rodent!
i know marmots from the alps, where they live at great heights and have adapted wonderfully to the tourists ...

4 Aug 2012 7:05pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

This is a cute one. Although some people just regard them as pests. I've not had to keep them out of a garden, so I like them! :-)

4 Aug 2012 7:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a cute creature. WIsh he would have shown his yellow belly. Great capture.

4 Aug 2012 9:08pm

@Ruthiebear: It's not really very yellow, but she will give you a look next week. ;-)

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

How do you know it has a yellow belly? :) He/she is cute

4 Aug 2012 10:46pm

@J.R.: That's just the name, but she will give you a look next week. ;-)

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful shot of this cute little guy !!!

4 Aug 2012 11:51pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

He looks peaceful Nice capture.

5 Aug 2012 12:10am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Sweet shot of him just laying around on the cool grass, part of your adventure. I would wish to pet him.

5 Aug 2012 3:41pm

@Joyce: I did want to pet her, but knew she would not allow anyone to get that close. She would probably give a nasty bite if anyone got too close and she could not get away. More about her next week. ;-)

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

cute little fellow

5 Aug 2012 10:12pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

comfortably posited :)

9 Aug 2012 2:05pm

1/180 second
ISO 400
300 mm (35mm equiv.)