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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 100
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 2:00
Viewed: 4861
Points: 20
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Another one from yesterdays trip to Marwell Zoo. This has been the first time in a long while that I have caught the Servals sat out in the sun outside of their dens, and away from the fence. My friend who was with me has a mobile phone ring tone of some Guinea Fowl calling, which was enough to get the Serval to look up at the camera for a few seconds, long enough to get some snaps with the eyes open and looking directly at us.

Serval Cat, Leptailurus serval, found throughout Africa, with a preference for savannah areas where their is water available. Although not listed as seriously endangered, numbers are now dwindling due to human encroachment on their habitat, and hunting for their pelt. Now protected in most countires.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-02 2:10]

Hi Miles,

You caught this one very well. Its a nice and sharp portrait. The branch in front is a bit disturbing but nothing to worry about. My compliments!



A very detailed and sharp pic of the rare cat. The lighting and colour is very good.


Hi Miles,
nice detailed capture of this lovely cat.
Hope you are keeping well.

Merhaba Miles,

Expression is so easy and natural thanks both to the zoo management and photographer. Well done and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 3:44]
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I've tried a couple of times to shoot the Marwell Servals but have failed each time :-(
This is absolutely superb!
The warm lighting is fantastic!
Very, very sharp with lots of detail and excellent clarity.
Brilliant composition.
Superbly well done,


Hi Miles
Ha Ha Ha Look at his face ;-) Beautiful shot Everything looks great, saturated colors, perfect sharpness and composition Very good job

Beautiful Serval, Miles.
You photographed this cat very well.

great sharpness and detail.very nice colors.wonderful capture!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-03-03 8:15]

Nice capture, good sharp focus and excellent light and details. Nicely done!



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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-05 11:23]

Hi Miles

You may be jealous of my weasel but I am jealous of your Serval shot! That expression is amazing and I love the relaxed pose of the body. Wonderfully sharp and detail with an excellent POV



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