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Now I've got the taste

Now I've got the taste
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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, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-22 4:45
Viewed: 4431
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another post of the Snow Leopard from the rare leopard project.
This is the Male after a nice chew on a rabbit!!
I've added some facts about this scary looking big cat.

Facts about the SNOW LEOPARD
Status: Endangered
Description: Soft grey coat, white on belly. Head and limbs are marked with solid black or brown spots; body is covered with brown blotches ringed with black, and a black streak runs down the back. Tail is heavy with fur and the bottom of the paws are covered with fur -- for protection against snow and cold.
Size: Head and body length is 47-59 inches, while the tail is 31-39 inches long.
Habitat: Mountain steppes and coniferous (pine/evergreen) forest scrub at high altitudes (5900-18000 feet). Prefer mountain regions in the winter, moving to meadows and rocky areas during the summer months.
Range: The high mountains of Central Asia, specifically the Himalayas, Altai and Hindu Kush. Jammu & Kashmir is situated in the central region of the Snow Leopard range. Snow leopards have a broad home range covering about 100 square miles because of the lack of abundant prey.
Food Source: The snow leopard's prey include wild sheep (such as Bharal, the blue sheep), wild boar, gazelles, hares, markhor, bobak, tahr, marmots, mice and deer. They stalk their prey and usually spring from a distance of 20 to 50 feet.

Reproduction: Breeding season is usually January-May, with gestation lasting 98-103 days. A female will give birth to one to four young. The young open their eyes at 7-9 days, eat solid food at 2 months and follow their mother on hunts at three months.
Population: Extremely rare in most of their range due to the demand for skins. Although trade in snow leopard furs is illegal, it continues, threatening the snow leopard's existence. An estimated 3,000-10,000 are left in the wild, and about 370 are in captivity.
Longevity: Snow leopards have lived up to 15 years in captivity.

Notes from www.kewa.org

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Wow... A not so friendly Snow Leopard. The ears are back and the eyes have a very mean expression. Very good capture Alan. Razor sharp details and excellent POV. Nice one! Thanks.

Good Lord, he's wacked... Why is it that every irbis has this insane cruel figure more than any large known feline, every other has a certain mix of nobility air or graciousness but the snow leopards are that straight from hell look of madness, must be the altitude or the fact that they miss it in the parks ! I love them though !

Great shot Alan! This cats expression/look combined with the bloody mug make this an exceptional capture..Very good sharpness, details and colors seen in this very good close-up portrait..Yep, it's nose likin' good! ;-))

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-22 6:59]

"You come one step closer and I'll . . . "
He is an angry dude, and you caught him in the middle of his feed time. Excellent capture Alan, so sharp and clear. And getting that expression and blood on his face - well done!

Great shot Alan!
Superb pose of the cat and superb photo.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-22 10:30]

A fabulous shot Alan,
An excellent pose you've captured here!
Very nice detail,great DOF.
Good work,very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-22 11:57]

Great animal Alan! What a face, what a eyes! Beautifull porteait taken in right moment. Superb work!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-22 12:02]

Hi Alan, nice shot. He still looks hungry! Good composition and details. Did he catch the rabbit? Nice work.

Very good shot. Great POV and very good details.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-22 18:43]

Alan, great eye to eye contact.

Excellent composition and sharpness, great pov. Another stunning shot.

A great capture, Alan! The focus is great and I love the expression on the big cat's face. Excellent post!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-23 2:35]

Very nice shot Alan!
Clear eyes,details and composition are perfect.

Hello Alan!
Wonderful shot of your cute model.Details and composition are perfect.thanks for sharing.

Very good portrait, Alan.
I like the expression and the pose. Well composed, good exposure, nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-23 3:36]

Beau et intéressant portrait bien réalisé pour cet impressionnant léopard. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Interesting & very well done !

awsome picture :) he looks like he is ready to eat you. Great details,pin-sharp, lovely colours !
well done

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-23 13:04]

Perfect portrait. Like the look in his eye and the tongue hanging out. Great details too.
Regards Toni

Impressive facial features. Really close and some gore in there as well. Very well done, Alan.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-25 14:10]

Hi Alan
One of my favourite wishlist cats - I have never seen one and would love to get my lens onto one. A very and the tongue is a bonus - nice job

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-03-27 15:13]

I'm glad I was not in front of this leopard, he seems to be ready to kill and eat you ! :-)
Wonderful picture, Alan.

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