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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Endangered, Great cats - Grandes felinos, Zoo animals, North American Felines, Felidae of the world: First series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 2:11
Viewed: 6459
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken through glass at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California.

Mountain Lion
a.k.a. puma, cougar, panther, catamount
Puma concolor

What does it look like?
Next to the jaguar, the puma is the largest American cat. In the Southwest, the adult males weigh from 100 to 160 pounds, and the females from 60 to 110 pounds.

The body of the puma is elongated with a long tail, small head and small rounded ears.
Pumas are buff colored above and lighter below.
They have contrasting dark and light markings on their muzzles and on the backs of their ears.
The tip of the tail is dark brown. The kittens have dark spots.

What are some behaviors?
Except for mothers with kittens, lions are solitary animals. An individual may range over 100 square miles or more. The range of an individual may overlap with other mountain lions, particularly males overlapping female territories. The pumas usually avoid one another in these areas of overlap. They will leave scat, scrape in the dirt with their hind feet, or urine-mark foliage or boulders as scent information for other cats. Active defense of a territory is unusual.

A hunting lion goes to places where it is more likely to find deer, like a water hole or a canyon bottom. It waits in ambush or stalks deer at these sites. Prey is captured with a quick rush. The lion grasps the deer around its shoulders with its sharp retractile claws, and delivers a killing bite to the neck. The lionís long canine teeth typically separate the neck vertebrae and severe the spinal column. Death is usually quick for the deer and the killing is relatively safe for the lion.


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Nice image, the glass has caused a slight cooling of the image, a smear across the left side eye, and a reflection on the right side jaw, which is a shame as this could be a stunning image otherwise.

Great capture Manyee. Lovely detail, sharpness and depth of colour. The reflection in the eyes looks like it is of something man-made I think and is therefore a little distracting but I couldn't tell you'd taken this through glass which means your technique is excellent. I also like your tight crop. Beautiful animal, beautiful shot, thank you for posting it for us :)

Lovely shot. Good work through glass. Always the risk of reflection. I have uploaded a workshop where I have increades the contrast and decreased the brightness. Well done. Thanks

Well done on this face to face with a M.lion.
Excelent portrait and composition.
I tried a w.s. for something to do.


The white balance may not have been set correctly as to why of the blues in your image.

Nice portrait, very cute pose. It could be good to increase a little contrast and saturation.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-03 21:09]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Manyee for this very close portrait.

Exceptional close-up, Manyee. The crop is a bit tight, but its personal taste. Nica details shown. Very well done.

A beautiful image, Manyee. Perfect sharpness, great light. It's amazing you took this through glass. It is a wonderful photo!

A lovely cat Manyee,
Both Workshops have improved the Leftside blur (glass?)
Nicely composed, good detail and well exposed.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with one of these big cats, they are lovely animals.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend

great colse up, TFS Ori

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