Sound the Alarm

Today’s post features an image made a few years ago in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. While photographing Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the spring wildflowers, an adult climbed on top of a lichen-covered rock, followed by a youngster. Upon seeing my photographing them, the adult immediately sounded the alarm: Black-tailed Prairie Dogs Prairie dogs are interesting mammals. Upon observing someone nearby, the alarm is sounded. But as time passes and the dogs recognize you are not a threat, they become much more friendly. On more than one occasion while photographing (sitting on the ground, to get eye-level images), I’ve had some of them come up and sniff my boots … even run across my legs! They always seem to brighten my days! Photography Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 250mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.

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  • Homestead Ramblings

    You have a special gift for the animals to have such a quick trust in you. :)

  • Thanks for the comment. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But always a challenge to win them over! :o)

  • Stephen Pollard

    The ones in Texas are definitely fearful of. Of the colonies I have observed, as soon as I am about 500 yards away, they scatter.

  • Thanks, Stephen. The OK dogs are not nearly that timid. It took me a couple of hours, sitting down and moving slowly/keeping quiet, but they finally warmed up :o)