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Leopard


Leopard
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-19
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 9:27
Viewed: 2891
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Todays photo is of the Leopard. This was very special to see this beautiful animal so close but also too close because before I realised it, it got up turned around and baptised me before I could jump out of the way. We had quite a laugh because it smells like popcorn. Thank goodness it was not a lion because that really stinks.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

LEOPARD

Physical Characteristics
The most secretive and elusive of the large carnivores, the leopard is also the shrewdest. Pound for pound, it is the strongest climber of the large cats and capable of killing prey larger than itself.
Leopards come in a wide variety of coat colors, from a light buff or tawny in warmer, dryer areas to a dark shade in deep forests. The spots, or rosettes, are circular in East African leopards but square in southern African leopards.
Habitat
Dense bush in rocky surroundings and riverine forest are their favorite habitats, but leopards adapt to many places in both warm and cold climates. Their adaptability, in fact, has helped them survive the loss of habitat to increasing human settlement. Leopards are primarily nocturnal, usually resting during the daytime in trees or thick bush. The spotted coat provides almost perfect camouflage.
Behavior
Leopards are solitary creatures and predominately nocturnal. Each individual has a home range that overlaps with its neighbors; the male's range is much larger and generally overlaps with those of several females. Leopards continually move about their territory, seldom staying in an area for more than two or three days at a time. Ranges are marked with urine and claw marks and leopards announce their presence to other leopards with a rasping cough. Leopards also growl, roar and purr.
A litter includes two or three cubs, whose coats appear to be smoky gray as the rosettes are not yet clearly delineated. The female abandons her nomadic wandering until the cubs are large enough to accompany her. She keeps them hidden for about the first 8 weeks, giving them meat when they are 6 or 7 weeks old and suckling them for 3 months or longer.
Diet
The most elusive of the large carnivores, the leopard is a cunning, stealthy hunter, its prey ranges from strong-scented carrion, fish, reptiles and birds to mammals such as rodents, hares, hyraxes, warthogs, antelopes, monkeys and baboons. Both lions and hyenas have been known to take away a leopard's kill. To prevent this, leopards store their larger kills in trees where they can feed on them in relative safety.
Predators and Threats
The most widespread of the felines, leopards occur in regions across both Africa and Asia. Indeed, their adaptability to both warm and cold climates has helped them survive the loss of habitat caused by increasing human settlement. However, leopards have long been preyed upon by man. Their soft, beautiful fur has been used for clothing. The tail, claws and whiskers of the leopard are popular as fetishes. In some areas farmers try to exterminate them, while in others leopards are considered symbols of wisdom.
Did You Know?
The elegant, powerfully built leopard has a long body, relatively short legs and a broad head. Its tawny coat is covered with dark, irregular circles called "rosettes."
Both lions and hyenas will take away a leopard's kill if they can. To prevent this leopards store their larger kills in trees where they can feed on them in relative safety.

Source
African Wildlife Foundation

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Hello Natley,
Great close up with excellent details. TFS
Regards Subhash

Lovely and very detail capture of this beauty, dear Natley! Seems, taken from relatively close distance!! Forgive me I just played a bit with the colors of the image! Let me know how do you find those corrections! Good job Natley!! Well done!!
Regards,
George Veltchev

Hallo Natley
Time is chasing but, this is absolutely splendid Such a delight to look at such fine detail and splendour.
Regards

Hi Natley

Beautiful sharp close-up of this leopard - great detail! Not always easy to get close enough for such a stunning portrait shot.
Regards,
Phillip

Wow, nice! For me, if the eyes are perfect, the photo is perfect as is the case here. You and Anna work miracles with your Sonys, well done

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