Mara mama calls
On the fourth day of his stake-out, Darío watched from a distance with a remote trigger as a female mara returned to its burrow. It gave a shrill whistle, and three pups scuttled out. The female sniffed each one to make sure only her two young were suckled.
Patagonian maras mate for life, but their breeding arrangements are complex. Many pairs hide their young in the same den and come back every day for the mother to suckle its offspring. These communal burrows offer extra protection from predators – there is often more than one adult pair watching the den.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II; 17-40mm f4 lens at 17mm; 1/400 sec at f14; ISO 1000; Hähnel Giga T Pro II wireless-timer remote.
Near Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Darío Podestá, Argentina
Darío is a biologist and his work in the field also allows him to photograph wildlife. His images have been published in many books, calendars and magazines, as well as for conservation projects. Through his photography, he hopes to raise awareness of the need to protect the planet and its species for future generations.