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This cute creature is a Viscacha. A bit like a big rabbit with a long tail, they live amongst the rocks in high altitude regions of Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

Gold medal in Nature at the Trierenberg Super Circuit competition in Austria 2010

Gold Award at the International Aperture Awards 2010

He/She (not sure which) is a Mountain Viscacha, a member of the Rodent family. This one is a wild animal, free to do as it pleases, but he’s quite happy living amongst the rocks around the Conaf Ranger Station at the Salar de Surire National Monument in far northern Chile.
This is a very remote part of the world and very few people would pass this way, so I think the Viscacha have learned to tolerate the human intrusion.
They’re diurnal, but their diet consists of grass, not very nutritious grass, so they spend most of their time asleep.

When I found him he was asleep. I had him framed in the camera, thinking that he has to move eventually. And he did. He stretched out his tiny arms and yawned and then promptly fell back to sleep.
It was all over in a second and I had just enough time for one shot.

Canon 5D Mark II
An old 100-300mm Canon lens at 300mm
ISO 250
1/500 second at f/5.6
Captured in Raw
I’ve introduced some vignetting around the edges and applied a curve in Photoshop CS4 but otherwise the image is as taken.

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  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 5 years ago

    Perfect! Great story, glad you were there, and prepared, to catch it.

  • Thankyou, I’m glad I was there, too. In fact, I wish I still was.

    – Bob Wickham

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    I like the colors here a lot, and was just going to ask you what camera you have used….I already saw it , a 5D!
    Very beautiful image, taken at the right moment!

  • Thanks Ellen, he’s a rodent just like your rats

    – Bob Wickham

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asherover 5 years ago

    Wow! What a cute critter, nice capture too!

  • Thanks Jason

    – Bob Wickham

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 5 years ago

    awesome capture of this amazing creature which i havent seen before, thanks for sharing him :) k

  • Thanks Kristina, much appreciated

    – Bob Wickham

  • annibels
    annibelsover 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous – superb work!

  • Thankyou

    – Bob Wickham

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 5 years ago

    what timing!!! thats one crazy looking creature!!! fabulous catch!!!!

  • yep, it pays to be ready

    – Bob Wickham

  • ViktoryiaN
    ViktoryiaNover 5 years ago


  • No, I’m sure we could agree on a price :)

    – Bob Wickham

  • cammiecakes
    cammiecakesover 5 years ago

    Oh now this is to cute.

  • Thankyou very much

    – Bob Wickham

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinover 5 years ago

    what an adorable shot…what a little cutie :-)

  • Thanks dmarie

    – Bob Wickham

  • Heather  Waller-Rivet  IPA
    Heather Walle...over 5 years ago

    omg…i have to smile great capture of a creature i have never seen before

  • thanks Heather, they live a hard life in very inhospitable terrain

    – Bob Wickham

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