|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date Taken: 2010-01-31|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-01-09 1:48|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Over short distances, it can sprint up to 70 miles per hour. Built for speed, it has long, slim, muscular legs, a small, rounded head set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, special pads on its feet for traction and a long tail for balance. It is also the only cat that cannot retract its claws, an adaptation to help maintain traction like a soccer player’s cleats. Distinctive black "tear tracks" running from the inside corner of each eye to the mouth may serve as an antiglare mechanism for daytime hunting.
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Cheetahs are found in open and partially open savannas.
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The cheetah is basically a solitary animal. At times, a male will accompany a female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone or with her cubs. Cheetah mothers spend a long time teaching their young how to hunt. Small live antelopes are brought back to the cubs so they can learn to chase and catch them.
Cheetahs do not roar like lions, but they purr, hiss, whine and growl. They also make a variety of contact calls - the most common is a birdlike chirping sound.
Cheetahs usually prey on small antelopes such as Thomson's gazelles and impalas, but also hunt small mammals and birds. The cheetah gets as close to the prey as possible, then in a burst of speed it tries to outrun its quarry. Once the cheetah closes in, it knocks the prey to the ground with its paw and suffocates the animal with a bite to the neck. Once a cheetah has made a kill, it eats quickly and keeps an eye out for scavengers—lions, leopards, hyenas, vultures and jackals will steal from this timid predator. Unlike most other cats, the cheetah usually hunts during daylight, preferring early morning or early evening.
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Predators and Threats
A shy creature that roams widely, the cheetah is not seen as easily as some other cats. Never numerous, cheetahs have become extinct in many areas, principally due to shrinking habitat, loss of species to prey upon, disease and a high rate of cub mortality. In some areas, 50 to 75% of cheetah cubs die before 3 months, as they are highly susceptible to disease at this age.
Did You Know?
• The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning "spotted one."
• The young cub has a long gray-blue coat and a black underbelly that rapidly lightens and becomes spotted.
• Early peoples trained cheetahs for hunting, and many civilizations depicted them in their art and in written records.
• Cheetahs were so popular that Akbar the Great of India was said to have kept a stable of about 1,000.
Source: African Wildlife Foundation
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Fantastic image Natley! Awesome point of view, colors and composition! I love it! Happy New Year!
- [2011-01-09 1:59]
Excellent photo of this majestic Cheetah looking over its territory. Great POV, sharpness, natural clear colours and composition. A beauty!
- [2011-01-09 2:59]
excellent composition in excellent details. What attract me pose is its proud glance and pose.
you have rendered a wonderful skin colours and well featured slim body.
Lovely view of the wild cat.
super pose of this beauty
great sharpness good details and lovely naturel colours
Kan 'n mens nou vir beter omstandighede vra as dit?
Perfect pose and composition with the cat in the open and against a lovely, un-cluttered background.
Well capture Natley. Good exposure and detail.
An amazing composition with impressive pose of the cheetah; very good sharpness and lovely colours. Best regards, Pambos
Beautiful photo. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
splendid portrait of cheetah,captured in a
beautiful posture where is can see the features physical of this fast feline
Unbelievable...and that with your little Sony. Does it have a 200X zoom lens? :) Simplicity and beauty...what more does one need. Good...very good...excellent!!!
- [2011-01-09 6:48]
Very nice capture...thanks for sharing
Fanctastic capture from South Africa. Excellant colors and low POV of this beutiful Cheetah.
- [2011-01-09 7:43]
Wonderful Shot! The Cheetah's expression is precious, classic & contributes much to the image's greatness.
Cat's have such complex facial muscles - more so than humans at times - which you have clearly illustrated.
- [2011-01-09 10:20]
A well composed pic depicting a sharp and clear subject, clear BG, good DOF, good POV and is well lit.
One word: WOW!!