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A great cat among the lesser cats

A great cat among the lesser cats
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Mammals of Southern Africa, Lesser cats of the world, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-19 12:04
Viewed: 7729
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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Caracal Lynx (Felis Caracal)

The largest of the African lesser cats and an exceptional climber and jumper, the caracal is a slenderly built cat with long legs and a short, sharply tapered tail. The Caracal resembles a cross between a leopard and a lynx. Its coat is reddish-brown with distinctive tufted ears and white markings around its eyes and on its throat, chin, and belly.

The caracal stands 475mm at the shoulder and weighs about 25kg. The Caracal is widespread and common, south of the Sahara. It is far more common in Southern than East Africa. The Caracal feeds on rodents, small antelope, hares and birds and sometimes eats sheep and goats. It is mainly active in the morning and evening although during the hottest months it hunts at night. The Caracal can survive for long periods without drinking as most of the moisture it needs comes from the tissue fluids of its prey.

Sexual maturity occurs at about 20 months. Gestation is 70 - 78 days and between 1 to 4 young are born.

The caracal is an endangered species.

They are mostly killed by farmers, because of predation on their livestock. In some areas of their range they are killed for their skin and meat by bush people.

I had the flash on for a fill in effect and instead of red eye I ended up with this green eyes. Has anyone got an idea why?

PDP, Callie, japie, Signal-Womb, extramundi, frederic, marhowie, RAP, jhm has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To hdl: Dankie vir die besoekgerhardt 2 09-19 17:38
To Annalise: Thanx for the wordgerhardt 1 09-19 16:45
To Callie: Jy het alles begin... :)gerhardt 3 09-19 16:28
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-19 14:01]

Ahh, very cute, will it bite me? I think I know hte answer. Grrrreat stuff Gerhard. Gorgeous portrait and as usual you've gone the extra mile and produced a craking note. Very well done.

Foul, Unfair! I love this cat, and have not one single picture, You know how to cut me deep, Gerhard!
Pragtige Kietiekat!
Red-eye in people, green eye in animals, it is the same thing. Some programes have a red-eye fix. I use black to clone over the green. Just go to any picture with suitable black, get the right size pixel, Alt and right click mouse, new window with green eyes, and rightclick. It takes a bit time, but if you use the magic lasso you can select it, I do not know how. Mooi nota, en wanneer stel jy my voor aan hierdie rooikat!?
Groetnis tot later

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-19 14:53]

Those eyes remind me of the cat in Shrek II. They are there to make you think "Shame its harmless" but surprise, surprise this kitty packs a punch. Beautifully packaged post as usual.

Very nice Gerhard. Everything here is very good with good exposture and sharpness. Its eyes are very captivating. Well done.

With this pose it looks like a beautiful big cat resting after meal. Very nice animal and encharming shot.

Very nice gerhard nice to see something other than a lion etc ))). the ear tufts give it away as a lynx, this one looks nice and alert puddy, intresting scratches on the nose though.

These are magnificent cats. I have never seen one in the wild, only in the zoo. Beatiful photo. A good explenation on the red-eye green-eye topic have a look at the following link.

Nice portrait of this 'cat' together with a good note.
The eyes of this Caracal are captivating.

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  • hdl (12)
  • [2004-09-19 17:11]
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From what I know about the caracal, I know that it is very rare and from what I read here above, the capture of one is even rarer. That alone makes the picture very exceptional and hard to make. The picture could use a bit of sharpness, but that's only due to the small light intensity. About the green eyes: I'm no expert, but I think it has something to do with the composition of the eye itself. We humans have eyes for daylight, most cats hunt at night, so they have eyes adapted to the dark. If you approach a normal house cat in the dark with the carlights on, you will see two green lights flashing back (we call reflectors on bikes also "katogen"). I assume that for the flash the same thing goes. Erasing the green in the eyes would make the picture better.
The caracal is a very beautiful animal (seen on photo, no chance in seeing that over here ;-)) and the capture is very well succeeded. Bravo for the picture and to make callie jealous (I didn't know there were animals he didn't have yet).
Afgaande op jullie kleine discussie, zie ik dat jij ook Suidafrikaans spreekt. Een Vlaming begrijpt dat ook, dus ik wens jullie nog veel succes in de kattenjacht (maar wel met de camera astemblief).

What a great looking animal!! Looks like the eyes are edging toward half-mast & the face seems to show an intangible aloofness. I like the effect(eyes)myself that your flash has produced. To me it adds an other-worldly quality. My wife says I'm strange at times..Hope I didn't just give it away!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-19 19:03]

Excelente retrato... la mirada de este felino es esplendida.
Muy buen encuadre y presentacion.
Nota interesante tambien.

Excellent picture... the glance of this feline is splendid.
Very good frame and presentation.
Interesting note also.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-20 2:48]

Gerhart, dit is wel degelijk, een zeer mooie Lynx kat, ik vind het prachtig de discussies onder elkaar in het zuid afrikaans, en zoals Hendrik zegt wij verstaan dit bijna allemaal.
De ogen van deze kat zijn schitterend, dit kleine driehoekje groen is al punten waard. De snorharen mooi in detail, en uw tekst is groot. Prachtig werk van de Zuid Afrikanen, Proficiat.

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