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Old Mar 26, 2008, 9:46 PM   #1
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I don't usually visit the zoo but was in town this past weekend and completed my business sooner than I'd thought. I spent 90 percent of my time at the prairie dog enclosure because it's wide open (no bars or fences) and these animals really seem to be unphased by the enclosure.

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"A prairie dog will sometimes repeatedly jump and bark simultaneously. The behavior — called a "jump yip" — can quickly spread through a colony, resulting in dozens of prairie dogs jump-yipping at the same time. Scientists are unsure why prairie dogs jump yip."

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Photos taken at the Edmonton zoo with Mark III and 100-400 IS. These "dogs" were extremely social, active, and on a "yip" binge

The chase


The "jump-yip"


Waiting for the better half


Better half found


More chase


Yip!!


Motion blur


Goodnight "YIP" from the rear


Thanks for peeking people, I sure enjoyed watching these amazing creatures! I'd love to get a chance to photograph them in the wild. :!:
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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Awesome series, Norm!
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Nice series Norm. I like the low angle you got...cheers..Don
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I like this series, it was fun.



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Old Mar 27, 2008, 7:37 PM   #5
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Great photos, very cute.
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Many thanks Bob, Don, Roger, and Flutelady! It was a blast watching these critters. My only complaint, of course, was that they were in a captive environment but one positive in that area is that now I know that these incredible animals exist and maybe some day I'll have a chance to shoot them in their natural environment.
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