The Sentinel by William C. Gladish
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Location: Wyoming, USA
500mm Lens

A prairie dog, on sentinel duty, communicates with the colony while a second dog monitors the situation from the burrow.

Black-tailed prairie dogs are dormant in winter, but does not truly hibernate, and can be seen above ground on warm winter days. Clips vegetation very short around colonies for an unobstructed view. Has the most complex social behavior of all prairie dogs. Prior to settlement of the west, very large colonies called “towns” were huge, with the largest estimated to contain 400 million individuals covering 65,000 sq km. Lives at high densities where not persecuted. Prefers shortgrass to mid-grass prairies.

Information Source: eNature.com

I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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Comments

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    Sooo darling!!!!!! LOVE it!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 3 years ago

    i’d swear he or she is praying, excellent capture

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 3 years ago

    Great shot, William

  • thank you Jeff :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 3 years ago

    Love it!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    What a FUN capture!!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    beautiful shot William and nice description

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago

    How cool this is, he also looks like he’s saying a prayer! Dee

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture, perfect timing.

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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