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King of the Leopards

King of the Leopards
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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: 2013-10-13
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-18 13:28
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Points: 12
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What a lucky stroke we got on Sunday afternoon. We drove into the KNP for our afternoon KNP drive and hardly saw any animals until we came across this beautiful leopard wandering straight towards our vehicle. It was very clear he was used to vehicles as he crossed the road right in front of us just sauntering along with no care in the world. Suddenly he stopped on the left hand side of the road and sat down surveying his kingdom just like a king would do. And this was my moment to get this shot. I only got one like this as he turned his head away most of the time leaving me looking at the back of his head. This is the biggest leopard Iíve seen so far in the KNP and I named him King of the leopards.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The leopard (Panthera pardus) is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of Africa and tropical Asia, fromSiberia, South and West Asia to across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it is declining in large parts of its range due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting for trade and pest control. It is regionally extinct inHong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Syrian Arab Republic, Libya and Tunisia.
The leopard /ˈlɛpərd/ is the smallest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. Compared to other members of the Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but is smaller and more slightly built. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguars do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers.
The species' success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, and its notorious ability for stealth. The leopard consumes virtually any animal that it can hunt down and catch. Its habitat ranges from rainforest to desert terrains.
Leopards show a great diversity in coat color and rosettes patterns. In general, the coat color varies from pale yellow to deep gold or tawny, and is patterned with black rosettes. The head, lower limbs and belly are spotted with solid black. Coat color and patterning are broadly associated with habitat type. Their rosettes are circular in East Africa but tend to be squarer in southern Africa and larger in Asian populations. Their yellow coat tends to be more pale and cream colored in desert populations, more gray in colder climates, and of a darker golden hue in rainforest habitats. Overall, the fur under the belly tends to be lighter coloured and of a softer, downy type. Solid black spots in place of open rosettes are generally seen along the face, limbs and underbelly.

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照的很清晰 這近的距離豹看起來很生動
毛皮亮麗 眼睛犀利 真不虧是動物王者

Ciao Natley, great portrait of superb creature, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-19 1:04]

Hello Mama
such a splendid capture of this leopard. The portrait gives a nice details of the spots and its fur. The stunning whiskers are really a good view.
Lively shot.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-10-19 12:39]

Hi Natley
most beautiful portrait

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-23 10:43]

Hi Natley,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful leopard. Gorgeous light and colours with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Natley,
Just beautiful! I like the sharp detail and those piercing yellow eyes. Lucky you.
Love Carl

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