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Top Predator
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-28 9:02
Viewed: 3460
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's hard to believe that this is one of two top predators in Madagascar - the other being the Nile crocodile. It's a fossa, made popular or perhaps notorious by the animated film, Madagascar.
It will prey on small to medium animals including mammals, fish and birds and is particularly good at catching lemurs.
Previously thought to be nocturnal only, recent observations indicate the fossa have a pattern of activity known as cathemerality (nocturnal or diurnal), depending on season and prey availability.
Based on size, I think this must be either a female or juvenile male. I was able to find only one other fossa image on TN and that was behind a chain link fence. Taken through glass at Cincinnati Zoo & Biological Garden - handheld 1/32 sec at ISO 3200.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-03-28 9:32]

Hi Greg,
This is the best shot of a fossa I have seen.
Congratulations on capturing this rare predator in beautiful light and sharp details.
Wonderful pose and POV as well.
TFS. : )

Hello Greg.
Admirable picture!
Extraordinary "pose" of this wonderful animal!
Excellent perspective, sharpness and coloration.
I liked much of this work!
Congratulations and TFS!
Josť Roberto

Hi Greag.
Perfect capture of this animal.
Amazing position of it.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Greg, I not only enjoyed your super shot but also the informative note. TFS.
Regards Les

Hallo Greg
Thanks for sharing this interesting animal which I have only seen once or twice in magazines. It is indeed and only a pleasure to stop by and image that is captured so well, with great focus and composition. Details of the ears, snout, big eyes, whiskers but most of all the paws are well seen. The Fossa is without a doubt a striking animal with prominent features that cannot be missed. The tree trunk on which you have captured this beautiful animal rounds of this image to its best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Greg,

Very great image.
Sharpness, detail, lighting and composition with a very successful set square.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-29 16:10]

Hello Greg,
A superb shot!!! Love everything about it. The pose is awesome and the detail, color and exposure is of excellent quality. Outstanding!!! This is a new animal for me!

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