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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 100, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 10:15
Viewed: 4779
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. tigris
Subspecies: P. t. sumatrae
Trinomial name: Panthera tigris sumatrae

The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is a subspecies of tiger found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island's national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers, indicating that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct.This has led to suggestions that the Sumatran tiger should have greater priority for conservation than any other subspecies. Habitat destruction is the main threat to the existing tiger population (logging continues even in the supposedly protected national parks), but 66 tigers were recorded as being shot and killed between 1998 and 2000 _nearly 20% of the total population.

Physical characteristics
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of all still existing tiger subspecies. Male Sumatran tigers average 234 cm (92 inches) in length from head to tail and weigh about 136 kg (300 pounds). Females average 198 cm (78 inches) in length and weigh about 91 kg (200 pounds). Its stripes are narrower than other subspecies of tigers' stripes, and it has a more bearded and maned appearance, especially the males. Its small size makes it easier to move through the jungle. It has webbing between its toes that, when spread, makes sumatran tigers very fast swimmers. It has been known to drive hoofed prey into the water, especially if the prey animal is a slow swimmer.

more info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumatran_Tiger

Picture has been shot at Tierpark Thüle

De Sumatraanse tijger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is een ondersoort van de tijger die alleen voorkomt op Sumatra. Deze tijger is kleiner dan de andere ondersoorten en heeft een donkerbruine kleur. Verder is de vacht donkeroranje. Vroeger kwam dit dier voor op heel Sumatra, maar tegenwoordig zijn er nog maar 500 exemplaren over, waarvan 400 in het wild. Het strepenpatroon van deze ondersoort bestaat vaak uit twee parallelle rijen.

De Sumatraanse tijger verschilt van andere tijgers in de afmetingen van enkele delen van de schedel. In sommige kenmerken staat deze vorm tussen de Javaanse tijger (P. t. sondaica) aan de ene kant en de Indo-Chinese tijger (P. t. corbetti) aan de andere kant in; mogelijk is deze ondersoort het resultaat van hybridisatie tussen de andere twee vormen. Sommige onderzoekers beschouwen de verschillen met andere ondersoorten als groot genoeg om de Sumatraanse tijger als een aparte soort te zien, P. sumatrae, maar dat is niet algemeen geaccepteerd.

Focal lenght : 300mm
Shutter speed : 1/250sec
Aperture : F6.3
Sensitivity : iso 100
Shake reduction : yes

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Very nice. Good, sharp detail without noise. I love his teeth, the fine details of whiskers, and the soft background. This is a spectacular shot. Nicely done, cheers!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-03 12:50]

Hi Thijs,
Deze tijger lijkt me nog niet zo heel oud, hij/zij heeft nog een leuk speels snoetje. Goede focus en scherpte, goede details en prachtig van kleur.
Ik zou niet graag tussen die tandjes komen.
gr. Paula

Hi Thijs,
Thanks for a wonderful dedication. This dedication is special because Tiger is the national animal of India! I love this!
The picture is good and excellent, I love the sharpness and details on this animal! The colors are superb.
I was looking for your pictures under NL! so missed this.
Looks like you had a very good trip to Germany.
Lets plan to meet in Leideschedam!

Goutham R

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