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Cute Quartet


Cute Quartet
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200F/4L + EF 1.4x II, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Baby Animals 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 11:28
Viewed: 3805
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
4 shots of the new African Lion cubs at whipsnade zoo...Playing, resting and eating!
These cubs are only about 2 months old but are pretty big already - they look about the size of a large domesticated cat.
I've been looking forward to getting up to see them ever since I heard the news that the first cubs for 30 years had been born at Whipsnade, it was just unfortunate that I picked a very busy day; not only was it fathers day so there were hundreds of families there, but there was also a coachload of camera enthusiasts on a field trip!
I'll make a point of getting back up there as soon as possible before these boys and girls get too big!


General info about the African Lion, courtsey of ZSL:

Animal facts
Unusual among big cats, lions are social and all females in a pride are related. Males are recognised by their large mane which makes them look powerful when fighting off intruding males. Males usually feed first, followed by females, then the cubs. Over 50 per cent of cubs do not survive beyond their first birthday, due to starvation or being killed by males that take over the pride.

Where they live
Africa, south of the Sahara

Habitat
Savannah, woodland

What they eat
Zebra, wildebeest, impala and the young of larger mammals such as buffalo

IUCN status
Vulnerable

Photo notes: Used Canon 1.4x extender (still too short!) handheld with lens hood pressed against glass.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-20 11:36]

Hi Andy, nice presentation of these cute fellows. Nice lighting, colours and detail. Well done and TFS.
Dean.

Hi Andy,
You got some good shots from that distance. I was hoping someone would get into the enclosure with a strimmer to get the grass down a bit!!!!!
You've captured four good moments here. These cubs are going to be photographed so much over the coming months.
Well presented, thanks for posting.

Have a good week.

Hi Andy

The composition is great with perfect exposure, good lighting and clear details. This is a great phtot story.
Well done! :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-22 14:09]

Very cute shots Andy. I especially like the bottom left picture. Sharp focus, well exposed and good POVs. Well done & TFS!

Regards,
Pieter

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-23 14:56]

Andy

you have managed to create a great snapshot (time frame) of their day giving a wonderful window into their lives. I really like the 4 shots together, the are well exposed and have a great DOF...
Emma

hi andy
presentation bien faite de cette partie de jeu entre lionceaux.merci c'est du bon travail.
laurent

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