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Sleeping Caracal

Sleeping Caracal
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3, Digital RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 3:18
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One of the Caracals at Marwell Zoo, hard at work entertaining the crowds.

The Caracal (Caracal caracal), also called Persian Lynx or African Lynx, is a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat. The Caracal is labeled as a small cat, but is amongst the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the fastest. Males typically weigh about 13-18 kg (28-40 lbs), while females are smaller. The Caracal resembles a Eurasian Lynx and for a long time it was considered a close relative of the lynxes. Recent DNA research, however, has shown that the Caracal is not a close relative of lynxes at all, but is instead related to the Serval. The Caracal is 65 cm in length (about 2 ft), plus 30 cm tail (about 1 foot). It has longer legs and a slimmer appearance than a lynx. The colour of the fur is variable: it may be wine-red, grey or sand-coloured. Melanistic (black) Caracals also occur. Young Caracals bear reddish spots on the underside; adults do not have markings except for black spots above the eyes. The most conspicuous feature of the Caracal are its long, tufted black ears, which also explain the origin of its name – karakulak, Turkish for "black ear". Its ears are controlled by 20 different muscles to help it find their prey. The tufts of fur help pinpoint its prey.


Taken with a Nikon D70 and a Sigma 50 - 500 lens. Camera and lens on a tripod, remote shutter release used at lowest ISO (200) for max quality.

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great colors and focus
beautiful moment

aleks ;)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-28 3:38]

Hello Miles,
This sleeping Caracal is so nice in its pose and your caught it well.
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

HI Miles,
it's a beautiful and elegant cat, I like the pose so much. A wonderful shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-28 4:10]

Hello MIles
what a nice posture.....is it peeping from under its eyelids...i bet he defintiely knew he was clicking and must ve thot "what a cool posture i make!!!"
Brilliant execution and colors, the chipped tree trunk and the colour of the caracal go along very well together..
TFS & Cheers

Excellent shot Miles, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Great colours and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

Hello Miles!
Very funny picture with good quality details and beauty colours :)
I like also note.
Greetings from Poland,

hi Miles,
this is the first time I see caracal in sleeping pose, and realize that this beautiful but fierce creature could also turn like a tame house cat, nice detail and POV

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-28 6:35]

Hi Miles

What a beautiful shot and who needs to entertain when you look this cute asleep, very nicely composed with a lovely relaxed pose, very sharp detail and fabulous colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Miles,
What a peacefull image!
I like so much the mood and colours of the picture.
Very good your POV, texture seen on the trunk and the blurred background.
A different approach of this singular mammal.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-28 7:52]

Oooooh! What a lovely and beautiful thing this caracal asleep!
What a marvellous shot, Miles!!
Excellent in all aspects: sharpness, light, colors, DOF, POV, composition... Everything is great.
I love it.
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-28 12:08]

Hi Miles,
This is a very sleepy one. Very nice light you had here. The sharpness, details and colours are excellent. I also like your compo.
TFS Paula

Cool shot. What a beautiful animal

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-29 2:59]

Wow, Miles... What a beautiful shot!
Focus and exposure are excellent.
I love the pose, and those big ears, and the warm colors.
He looks soooo relaxed.
TFS. : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-30 15:27]

Hi Miles

Beautiful light and a great pose here. Lovely POV, nicely sharp and great composition



Once again this is a super fantastic shot of this really neat looking feline. Super job on the exposure Miles. :)

Hi Miles,
Another very moody image...
Good light and composition.
Technically well done...

Hi Miles,
What a nice capture. Wonderful color and sharpness. Composition, timing and background very nice. Notes useful. TFS
Well done

bonjour Miles

superbe image avec superbe pose au repos de cette animal
j'aimes le poil dépassant de ses oreilles


Hi Miles,
nice shot. Technically perfect picture. Excellent composition. Very pure and sharp.Well done. Tfs. Stev

beautiful +++++++

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