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African Leopard

African Leopard
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-18 13:40
Viewed: 4960
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the African Leopard. This was taken at the Endangered Leopard project I visited a couple of weeks ago.
I was lucky enough to get very close to this big cat, who was very interesting to observe.

Here are some facts about these Leopards

Scientific Name: Panthera pardus
Size: About 28 inches at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 140 pounds
Lifespan: 21 years in captivity
Habitat: Bush and riverine forest
Diet: Carnivorous
Gestation: Approximately 21/2 months

The most secretive and elusive of the large carnivores, the leopard is also the shrewdest. Pound for pound, it is the strongest climber of the large cats and capable of killing prey larger than itself.

Physical Characteristics
Leopards come in a wide variety of coat colors, from a light buff or tawny in warmer, dryer areas to a dark shade in deep forests. The spots, or rosettes, are circular in East African leopards but square in southern African leopards.

When a leopard stalks prey, it keeps a low profile and slinks through the grass or bush until it is close enough to launch an attack. When not hunting, it can move through herds of antelopes without unduly disturbing them by flipping its tail over its back to reveal the white underside, a sign that it is not seeking prey.
Leopards are basically solitary and go out of their way to avoid one another. Each animal has a home range that overlaps with its neighbors; the male's range is much larger and generally overlaps with those of several females. A leopard usually does not tolerate intrusion into its own range except to mate. Unexpected encounters between leopards can lead to fights.
Leopards growl and spit with a screaming roar of fury when angry and they purr when content. They announce their presence to other leopards with a rasping or sawing cough. They have a good sense of smell and mark their ranges with urine; they also leave claw marks on trees to warn other leopards to stay away.
Leopards continually move about their home ranges, seldom staying in an area for more than two or three days at a time. With marking and calling, they usually know one another's whereabouts. A male will accompany a female in estrus for a week or so before they part and return to solitude.

Did you know?
The elegant, powerfully built leopard has a long body, relatively short legs and a broad head. Its tawny coat is covered with dark, irregular circles called "rosettes."
Both lions and hyenas will take away a leopard's kill if they can. To prevent this leopards store their larger kills in trees where they can feed on them in relative safety.

Notes from outtoafrica.nl

Thanks for looking

sAner, Runnerduck, marhowie, thistle, AndyB, Fisher, annagrace, scottevers7, Alan_Kolnik, TAZ, red45, dew77, coasties, deud, Callie has marked this note useful
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A fantastic portrait Alan. She looks like she's about to fall asleep.
Great detail, sharnpess and pov.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Great portrait of this beautiful cat, Alan.
Very good POV, great details and nice colours.
Excellent work.

Great shot Alan!
Again very beautiful cat and perfect quality. Maybe I would changed the composition a bit, but the rest is great.
Very well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-18 15:51]

A nice capture Alan,
I like his pose,he looks a little fed up or maybe just deep in thought.
Excellent composition,good sharp detail and great colours.
Great work,well done.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-18 15:51]

Superb shot of this leopard!
The details are really stunning.
Good composition and colours too.
Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-18 15:54]

Excelent shot, and well done on this composition.
Excelent work.


Great capture, Alan! I love your focus, POV, composition and attention to detail. Awesome!

You were close to get this excellent shot. Superb color and detail in this composition. Another excellent big cat sht. Great notes to help educate me..Thanks..

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-18 23:36]

Alan, a beautiful animal, a great photo.

I have never seen one of them.

I like composition and pov. Great expression upon its face.

Excellent view of this animal - very sharp, and great colors. I guess I'm one of those who would have preferred a slightly differnt composition (with the head filling more of the left side of the picture), but still very strong image. He does look deep in thought. By conicidence, I just saw a remarkable TV program by Attenborough on leaopards, filming them at night with infrared cameras, when they are most active. Quite worth seeing if you get the chance.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-19 3:41]

Lazy and beautifull. I like her pose. Details on fur, light, POV - all very good. BG isn't best but not bad at all also.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-19 3:57]

Beau portrait photographique bien réalisé pour ce superbe félin qui semble bien calme. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-19 4:06]

Hello Alan!
I like your cats very much and this is one of them.Details,expression on face and composition are excellent.TFS...

Another masterful shot from you Alan. You sure know how to bring the best out in these Cats! Nice POV. Very good clarity and tack sharp too. Nice work. Thanks :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-19 6:18]

Hello Alan,

This is a great picture of a beautful Leopard. Very sharp details, stunning color, superb exposure, very good POV, great DOF and above all; perfect composition. All that's lacking is some catchlight in the eyes, but that's only a minor nit. The photo is great! TFS!


Nice portrait Alan. Very good exposure, details and colors..Beautiful animal this - He looks a bit pissed-off to me. Don't know why though..Excellent write-up, Well done!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-05-19 9:55]

nice image! good expression on his face! thanks for sharing

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-19 15:50]

Hi Alan
My favourite kitty! Nice mug shot, and one can see this is not your average or common garden variety cat - love that face

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