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We holiday in the French Pyrenees most years during the autumn migration.  This is a fascinating time when great numbers of raptors etc. cross the mountains. 
Whilst walking in the mountains we often see Marmottes but you need to get your eye in for them. They are rock coloured and live among rocks.  You can hear the whistle and you know they are within a couple of hundred metres but can you spot them?
They are charming creatures to watch and are the largest members of the squirrel family.

Nose to tail a large male can be a metre long. A large male keeping an eye out for predators.  Golden eagles enjoy a snack of Marmotte.
  A youngster wondering if I am just another meal.