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That's Where That Hawk Went by Jay Ryser

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I had no idea that I had this image until I started my RAW workflow.

This would explain why the marmot skedaddled away so quickly as I was trying to take his photo. Too bad the DOF is so shallow, but that is the look I was going for (well except for the OOF hawk).

Standard Marmot Boilerplate
Most marmots tend to behave in one of two ways when they see a person:

1. They whistle/hoot/squeak loudly, then bolt and run, and they do this funny little tail-helicopter thing while running. They also make this hooting noise as they run – at least it sounds like hooting (but honestly, in my head I hear Nya-aaa-aa, wooob-woob-woob-woob).
2. They stop and check you out. I don’t think they have binocular vision, so they tend to turn from side to side and eye-ball you with each eye. Sometimes they do some cute posing in the process.

Marmots are considered to be one of the few altruistic species on this planet – they selflessly keep themselves in danger to warn others of potential danger.

Marmots are an at risk species due to climate change. Because summers in the mountains are so brief, they try to eat and gain as much weight as possible for the long winter hibernation.

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 3 /2.8+1.4TC
Giottos tripod, Jobu gimbal

ISO3200, 1/2500sec, f/2.8


mountain, endangered, wildlife, alpine, mammal, predator, hunt, raptor, marmot, hibernation, national geographic

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Jay!

  • Thanks – it was completely serendipitous!

    – Jay Ryser

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleabout 5 years ago

    Inside the mind of a marmot… what a moment, well done, Jay!

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot that tells a story

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01about 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Jay. Wonderful shot. Love it.

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Jay!!

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyalmost 5 years ago

    Good work on thie one Jay, right on

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Jay!

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    I see that hawk, great shot Jay!!

  • Themis
    Themisabout 2 years ago

    He actually looks worried! Great capture

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