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Old Oct 4, 2005, 12:08 PM   #1
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Pika are amazing little critters who apparently stem from Asian origins but now inhabit large areas in North America. Here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado we have a large population of these tiny members of the rabbit familywho live in the high altitudes from 10,000 to 13,000 feet elevation. Pika don't hibernate during the winter, but rather store large quantities of vegetation to see them through harsh winters - sometimes gathered in concentrations the sizeof a bale of hay. They have a unique and very loud vocalization which they frequently use to startle visitors. They particularly love the rock scree areas on high slopes at and above treeline. They are quite difficult to photograph because they are quite industrious and rarely sit still long enough for a photographer to frame and focus....

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Old Oct 4, 2005, 12:15 PM   #2
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First one is definitely a wall hanger for me!
Also a nice information!
Thanks for posting!
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Old Oct 4, 2005, 12:53 PM   #3
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Your right, interesting little critter. Nice shots.
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Old Oct 4, 2005, 1:13 PM   #4
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Heck I didn't even know they lived here!

I prefer picture two, even if it was from further away - Both beautiful shots

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Old Oct 4, 2005, 2:22 PM   #5
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Wonderful shots and very interesting info.
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Old Oct 4, 2005, 7:55 PM   #6
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Very nice photos of and information of something I had never seen or heard of before. Thanks for sharing Lin.

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Old Oct 4, 2005, 11:22 PM   #7
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Nice crisp shots, Lin, was this your 80-400?
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Old Oct 4, 2005, 11:58 PM   #8
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Nice crisp shots, Lin, was this your 80-400?
Hi guys - thanks - great little rodents and fun to attempt to capture. Norm, yes the Sigma SD10 with the 80-400 OS. I should have included the specifics.

On the vertical - closeup the 80-400OS at 400mm F8, 1/320th, ISO 400. On the second frame same lens at 400mm - F5.6 - 1/250th - ISO 200.

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Old Oct 7, 2005, 5:31 AM   #9
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these are very nice shots of a very cute animal. The picture below is of what I call a rock rabbit, It's called a Quokka and they are on Rottnest Island just a few miles off the coast of western Australia. I think they have some similarities.




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Lin, Very interesting. Your pictures are good,sharp, and well composedand the information about them is great. It is so educational to see all the pictures from everyone on this forum....I'm very appreciative as it makes photography both more fun and challenging. Thanks for sharing. bentleysmom
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