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Sand cat

Sand cat
Photo Information
Copyright: Yukiko Aramaki (Violetteddy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 1 N: 53] (160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax MZ-3, Sigma 70-300 DLMacro, 35mm negative
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-19 6:34
Viewed: 31936
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo at a zoo. When I visited there, Sand cats were not on public display. Fortunately, one of the zookeeper kindly offered to show me a non-public section so I could see these cats of the dunes. They were behind the thick glass and the reflection was hard to avoid.

A distinct characteristic of Sand cats would be their broad head with large ears set low down on the side of their head. This is believed to help a cat to present a low profile when hunting in barren areas, and also to protect the inner ears from wind-blown sand. Their fur is pale sandy brown to ocher, a little darker on the back and whitish on the belly, chest and lower muzzle. They have long hair between the pads of their paws and it covers the pads, protecting them against hot sand.
Head and body length: 40-57cm
Height at shoulder: 25-26cm
Weight: 2-3kg
Their distribution range is from northern Sahara, Arabian Peninsular to western Asia.
They prey on birds, jerboas, hares, reptiles and locusts.

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Hi Yukiko,
An excellent shot on this Sand Cat. Youn managed shooting thru the glass well. Colors and detail look excellent. A nice pose. I have tried several times at the zoo to photo thede guys, but nothing this good. Nice work!

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-05-19 8:55]

bellissimo ritratto di felino complimenti

hi yukiko ,
what an amazing pic,it seems that the cat is pondering over something and is about to speak.good POV ,color and composition.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-20 5:58]

Hi Yukiko,
Great shot, no sign of the glass at all. Excellent detail and colour, great job on the scan too, very nice work!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-22 21:10]

Superb capture, Yukiko. I've never seen those cats before, it's a well composed picture with a good technique. Thanks !


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-05-28 3:21]

hi yukiko,
it is a beautiful shot... nicely focused on the head...
I like the expression...


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