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Persian leopard in wild

Persian leopard in wild
Photo Information
Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 300D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Selen's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-25 3:16
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is one of my unique shot because Iran Leopards are very hard to see . after 6 montgh try for photography of this very hard subject . in early morning of november 2005 in one quick sightnig . I success that taken just 3 shot of Iran leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor
in Tandureh national park in NE of Iran .These two adjacent reserves (Tandoureh National Park and Protected Area), 40 km north-north-east of Quchan, incorporate a section of the Kopet Dagh Mountains with a spectacular central valley flanked by impressive cliffs and containing a large perennial spring (Chehelmere). Most of the area consists of montane steppe with Juniperus woodland on steep slopes and some riverine thickets in the valleys. Principal habitats include Artemisia steppe and open scrub with scattered Juniperus in the central valley (930-1,500 m), steep rocky hillside with good montane steppe and stunted Juniperus (1,200-2,000 m), summit ridges and plateaus with well-watered montane steppe and some rocky outcrops (2,000-2,612 m), and spectacular cliffs, crags and gorges. There is a dense stand of riparian woodland in the gorge below Chehelmere spring.The Persian Leopard (panthera pardus saxicolor) live between Northern Iran and northwestern Afghanistan in mountain steppe and coniferous forest scrub - anywhere having a reasonable amount of cover, a supply of prey and freedom from excessive persecution.

Diet and prey
In Tandureh national park, the leopards feed principally on the bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus) and Urial Ovis orientalis arkali which provides plentiful prey resource for these carnivores. Its occurrence in leopard feces (scats) and contribution to total relative biomass consumed make over 90% what has allowed us to identify this herbivore species as a staple prey item. Female goats are most frequently taken and positively selected by the leopards. Goat kids are not selected at all.another prey for PL is Wild boar.
No feeding competition exists between the leopards and other co-existing large predators in this national park .another wild cats in Tandureh national park include wild cat Felis silvestris and Jungle cat Felis chaus and Pallass cat felis manul . I wish that enjoy of this photo

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Beautiful photograph. I like the casual attitude of your leopard. Wonderful compostion. It's good that the leopard is not in the center, but off to the side. Great light, too. E

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-25 3:33]

Hi seyed,

A great shot and a nice story along with it,I like the composition with the of centered leopard,well done,


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  • [2006-07-25 4:36]

Dear Babak, I enjoyed and very unique shut from worldwild and TFS, Afshin

Hi dear Babak!

This is an excellent shot from you, I like this exclusive shot from this great animal, Very good and valuable shot.
Tanks for posting.
Regards, Amir

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-25 16:58]

Hello Seyed,
Beautiful capture indeed.. Good composition and well done on getting so near to this shy animal.

What a wonderful capture. He/she is looking straight at you. Fantastic. Beautiful colors. I also like the the cat is not centered.
TFS Kathy

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-09 6:32]

Nicely composed and good use of light. Well done.


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-12 4:22]

Excellent capture Dear Seyed! You are very lucky indeed. I like the soft background and the details in the eyes. Great job.

Salam Babak jan,
excellent composition and great colours.

besyar zibast

You are very lucky indeed excellent shot from you. I had the chance to take the Judean desert Leopard photo whil working in the Leopards research near the dead sea. Only few Leopards exist in southern Israel.www.eyalbartov.co.il

I'm impressed! I dreamed of meeting a Persian Leopard while travelling through Southeast Iran. It didn't happen...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-14 16:51]

Amazing! It worths all the efforts!
Very well done and TFS Seyed

amazing pic! you are very lucky to capture this rare creature in nature, thank you so much for sharing and greetings, Ori

unbelievable! I wish you can shoot other pesian wild cats in wild:Pallas cat,Sand cat,Lynx,Jungle cat,Wild cat & specially Yooz(cheetah),Also Leopard in other areas.

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