Yellow-bellied Marmot Next to its Burrow

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Northern Utah Yellow-bellied Marmot close upNorthern Utah Yellow-bellied Marmot close up – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Finding a Yellow-bellied Marmot next to its burrow in northern Utah yesterday was a real treat for me  especially since it stuck around for a bit. I don’t have opportunities to photograph marmots very often so when I have the chance I take advantage of it.

Alert Yellow-bellied MarmotAlert Yellow-bellied Marmot – Nikon D810, f10, 1/640, ISO 250, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

At first the marmot seemed wary and stood up in an alert position but didn’t call out in alarm. I always appreciate being able to photograph a marmot standing up like this because it gives a great view of the full body.

Mid-morning Yellow-bellied MarmotMid-morning Yellow-bellied Marmot – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The marmot relaxed and I took a ton of images of it, probably way too many but when opportunity knocks why not answer that door? Besides, I think marmots are cute little buggers.

Yellow-bellied Marmot at burrowYellow-bellied Marmot at burrow – Nikon D810, f10, 1/640, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This marmot’s burrow is close to the edge of a road and it would be nice to see young marmots with the adult some time soon.

Not long after this frame was taken the marmot laid down on the rock  in front of its face and rested there for a bit before going into its burrow. For a few minutes I was part of this marmot’s world.

Life is good.



  1. Patty Chadwick April 19, 2016 at 8:58 am

    “On the rocks” certainly applies to Marmots!!! Ibsometimes wonder if they eat them!!!

  2. Molly April 19, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Although it sounds like the sound a yellow bellied marmot makes, here is a definition for the uninitiated:

    verb: To squeal with glee; from a combination of the two words

    noun: A feeling of excitement and happiness, such that one feels like squeeing
    “Squee!!! Have you seen Mia’s pictures of the Yellow Bellied Marmot?!”

  3. Molly April 19, 2016 at 7:56 am


  4. Bob McPherson April 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful photos Mia. This critter knows you are his friend.

  5. joelle fourcrjoeoy April 19, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I love your blog . My love for animals is so important for all animals and for our defense . Marvellous pics and posts.

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