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Brother Cheetah

Brother Cheetah
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 21:58
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Points: 12
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Cheetah . . . Acinonyx jubatus

This is one of the 2 brother Cheetahs at the Auckland Zoo. He was resting and we could see him right next to the dirty glass window.

“Cheetah” comes from the Hindi word meaning “Spotted one” or from the Sanskrit word “Chitraka”

Adults weigh about 36-64kg
Height / length about 81cm to the shoulder, 121-142 long with another 70-81 cm tail – males are a little larger than females.

Cheetahs are sometimes mistaken for leopards – much heavier animals with rosette shaped spots and no tear marks.

Spine can bend allowing body to stretch.

Hip bones can turn where attached to skeleton allowing longer steps

Heart and lungs are bigger that other cats to allow more oxygen to the muscles for energy.

Claws can only be pulled in partway allowing grip similar to spikes on a rugby boot.

These adaptions leave the cheetah with:
• Minimal fat reserves to cope with hunger
• Reduced ability to climb
• Little strength to bring down much larger prey
• Smaller jaws a=nd short canine teeth to kill and eat prey
• Little chance to fight off other predators or defent their young.
• Small, streamlined head increases speed through decreasing air friction

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-16 23:36]

Hi Janice

Lovely close-up composition - good detail and colour too - though the bG is a little on the light side. Well observed and captured.


Hallo Janice
Lovely close up of this beautiful animal. I like the way you have captured this one from the side, giving us a side view of the face to appreciate. He looks relaxed and unconcerned with you photographing him. Beautiful and clear detail of the eye, the snout, the whiskers the fur and most of all the lovely patterns and markings on the body. Great sharpness, and a load of jealously here, for you being so close to this beautiful creature! Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Janice,
Wonderful tight close up of this beautiful Cheetah, what an awesome looking animal, excellent detail I love the pov, and he certainly doesn’t mind your presence, lovely work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Janice,
Nice closeup mf. Even with shooting through the dirty glass, great results. I use the 24-105 also, a fine lens..
Thank you for sharing this one.

You've captured a very different but wonderful moment/pose.I love the natural 'softness' that your sharpness brings out in the image, if you know what I mean...
The details especially are amazing, especially the eye!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot!
Warm regards,

Hi Janice, Your 30D gives very fine results already. I like this close up of one of the fastest animals on earth. The action of it looking back makes it interesting. TFS.. Murray.

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