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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Cheetahs in Namibia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-25 7:41
Viewed: 5430
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Cheetah is also captured in the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.

Yesterday in the wikipedia section we saw the always visible semi-retractable claws of the cheetah. Always visible...except the compared to most cats little dewclaw.
As it didn’t know what a dewclaw was…here is a dewclaw photo from wikipedia

We continue in the description section of the contents in Wikipedia.

Adaptations that enable the cheetah to run as fast as it does include large nostrils that allow for increased oxygen intake, and an enlarged heart and lungs that work together to circulate oxygen efficiently. During a typical chase its respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute.While running, in addition to having good traction due to its semi-retractable claws, the cheetah uses its tail as a rudder-like means of steering to allow it to make sharp turns, necessary to outflank prey who often make such turns to escape.
Unlike "true" big cats, the cheetah can purr as it inhales, but cannot roar. By contrast, the big cats can roar but cannot purr, except while exhaling. However, the cheetah is still considered by some to be the smallest of the big cats. While it is often mistaken for the leopard, the cheetah does have distinguishing features, such as the aforementioned long "tear-streak" lines that run from the corners of its eyes to its mouth. The body frame of the cheetah is also very different from that of the leopard, most notably so in its thinner and longer tail, and unlike the leopard, its spots are not arranged into rosettes.
The cheetah is a vulnerable species. Out of all the big cats, it is the least able to adapt to new environments. It has always proved difficult to breed in captivity, although recently a few zoos have managed to succeed at this. Once widely hunted for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.
The cheetah was formerly considered to be particularly primitive among the cats and to have evolved approximately 18 million years ago. New research, however, suggests that the last common ancestor of all 40 existing species of felines lived more recently than that - about 11 million years ago. The same research indicates that the cheetah, while highly derived morphologically, is not of particularly ancient lineage, having separated from its closest living relatives (Puma concolor, the cougar, and Puma yaguarondi, the jaguarundi) around five million years ago.These felids haven't changed much since they first appeared in the fossil record

Thanks for looking and reading…

Adanac, uleko, nglen, Argus, crs, Juyona, marhowie, haraprasan, ferranjlloret has marked this note useful
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-25 7:54]

Hello Annick,
WOW, this is another BEAUTY, the quality is perfect. The image has amazing details and splendid color. A masterful piece of work my friend, thank you.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-25 8:02]

Hello ANnick,
I love this animal and this capture showing it at rest while sharply on guard is superb!
Great details and lovely light and colours. I wonder how close you were?
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-25 8:02]

Hallo Anick,
Weer een fantastisch portret van een cheetah. Alles in deze foto heeft een hoog kwaliteitsgehalte. Het lage standpunt en het schitterende licht zorgen voor de perfectie. TOP!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-25 8:19]

Hi Annick You pictures of the Cheetah are first class . This one looks so relaxed . The eyes are so brightand clear . With fine detail with natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 10:16]

Hello Annick,
Great close portrait of a Cheetah I like the play of light on the face and the composition with the vegetation in front taken with fine sharpness and DOF.
NIce one and TFS!
Kind regards,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-25 10:29]

Hello Annick,

You have chosen very well the light so that light and shdow falling on the cheetah matches with the pattern of the fur. The image has a high quality as usual. Very good details can be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

hallo Annick
weer een beauty
echt een ansichtkaart
zo veel scherpte en details
te gek zo dicht bij
groetjes lou

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-25 10:51]

Hola Annick,
exquisita captura,
color y foco realmente agradable...
excelente trabajpo,

Hi Annick,
This looks like the same old cheeta from your last post.
You can even see the tirednes in the eyes here.
A great shot of him/her relaxing in the shade.

Hi Annick,
The eyes here are fantastic mf, excellent eye contact in this beautiful portrait.
Well managed exposure - The light & shadow adds a certain dynamic?
And I like the natural framing with the native grasses FG, nice touch :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-25 23:32]

Ha Annick,

Wederom een mooie opname van het snelste dier,mooi vasgelegd in een goede compositie,en laag standpunt,bedankt


Hi Annick,
A nice capture of this beautiful Cheetah. Very well portrayed with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-26 8:07]

Annick, so beautiful and a good shot with perfect view. Nice dteails and a sharp picture. Ganeshh

Hi Annick, fantastic capture of cheetah. Very good sharpness and good eye contact.
TFS - Regards - Adil.

Hi Annick,
Another superb portrait. Congratulations.
TFS. Greetings. Ferran.

I had the luck to see them threetimes in Nambia. I was always very impressed. A nice close picture with a great framing.
Best wishes,

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