Yellow-bellied Marmot pup siblings near their burrow – Nikon D500, f10, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
The two times I have observed and photographed these Yellow-bellied Marmot pups I have enjoyed watching them explore the area around their burrow, not only are they cute they are also entertaining. I like being able to see and photograph the interactions between the marmot pups because they are social animals and I also like photographing them individually. These two marmot pups stayed close together for nearly five minutes, they didn’t really interact with each other but I have to wonder if they just liked being close to each other or if they simply felt safer being closer to their burrow.
Alert little Yellow-bellied Marmot pup on a rock – Nikon D500, f9, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
This alert Yellow-bellied Marmot pup stood up and caught my eye so I looked around to see what might have caused it to be on alert and a few seconds later I spotted three Turkey Vultures flying towards the pups. Good eye little one, good eye. It could have been a Red-tailed Hawk which would have put them in danger.
Cute Yellow-bellied Marmot pups on a lichen-covered rock – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
The first time I photographed these marmot pups they stuck very close to their burrow and a few days later it was interesting to watch them exploring further away on the hillside behind it. These marmot pups seemed to enjoy this lichen-covered rock because they went that direction several times while I photographed the little marmot family. I thought the differences in the facial markings of these two pups stood out well in this image. There is one marmot pup that has a much lighter face than all the other pups. I don’t know why.
Yellow-bellied Marmot pups side by side – Nikon D500, f16, 1/250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
The closeness of these Yellow-bellied Marmot pups is wonderful to observe and great fun to photograph. I expect that the next time I see them they will be exploring even further away from their burrow and most likely I won’t get photos of them as close together as I have recently because they are becoming more adventurous as they grow older and will spend less time near their burrow.
Life is good.
By the way, there is snow on the ground this morning, the weather forecasters got it right! Happy 107th of January.
I hope it is the last snow this spring, at least down here in the valley.