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|Tigers (Panthera tigris) |
Adult tigers are solitary and fiercely territorial animals. A tigress may have a territory of 20 km˛ while the territories of males are much larger, covering 60-100 km˛. Male territories may overlap those of many females, but males are intolerant of other males within their territory. Because of their aggressive nature, territorial disputes are violent and often end in the death of one of the males. To identify his territory the male marks trees by spraying urine and anal gland secretions on trees as well as by marking trails with scat. Males show a behavior called flehmen, a grimacing face, when identifying the condition of a female's reproductive condition by sniffing their urine markings.
A female is only receptive for a few days and mating is frequent during that time period. A pair will copulate frequently and noisily, like other cats. The gestation period is 103 days and 3–4 cubs of about 1 kg each are born. The females rear them alone. Wandering male tigers may kill cubs to make the female receptive. At 8 weeks, the cubs are ready to follow their mother out of the den. The cubs become independent around 18 months of age, but it is not until they are around 2–2˝ years old that they leave their mother. The cubs reach sexual maturity by 3–4 years of age. The female tigers generally own territory near their mother, while males tend to wander in search of territory, which they acquire by fighting and eliminating a territorial male. Over the course of her life, a female tiger will give birth to an approximately equal number of male and female cubs. Tigers breed well in captivity, and the captive population in the United States may rival the wild population of the world.
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Very cool, Vishal. Reminds me of the old Maharajahs and British colonial shots of the Victorian Era in India. Too bad most of the tigers in those pics were shot dead while smily faces with long moustaches placed their foot on the trophy while holding long big bore guns. I admire India's efforts for conservation and struggle against poaching in order to preserve these beautiful bengals.
Nice image Vishal, but I think a lot of detail is missing via the B&W version. I think color would have been more dramatic giving more attention and detail to the mouth(Yawn). In Black and white it gets lost.
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- [2006-10-11 20:44]
Beautiful! I also love the use of the sepia filter...and what a fantastic shot. The pic shows so much depth of character into the tiger's personality! It brings this majestic animal to life. Great focus and clarity!
This is a wonderful portrait of this majestic animal. I love the moment you captured there. Details, composition and DOF are great! I like the use of sepia filter that brings a good effect. Thanks,
Il est magnifique en noir et blanc, en couleur il doit etre superbe aussi.Merci du partage. Thomas
Young and fiesty this tiger. The Sepia is an interesting choice and it works to emphasize the stripes. Well done.