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Snow Leopard

Snow 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, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 16:29
Viewed: 5867
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today for me, was a wonderful experience. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to visit a very impressive private rare leopard collection.
This collection of rare and endangered leopards, are very well cared for, and some have already successfully bred.
This was a wonderful chance to get close to these extremely elegant Leopards.

Already on TN, some photos from this collection have already been posted. This is my contribution, a chance to share these images of some of the most stunning big cats.

My first post is the Snow Leopard, which have sucessfully bred.

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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Margit, Paulosousa, Signal-Womb, sAner, marhowie, radz, Comandante, dew77, coasties, thistle, TAZ, odin has marked this note useful
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Beautiful capture Alan, composition is very good as is the detail. Such a beauty, you were very lucky to get this opportunity of these rare cats. I once read that you should always over-saturate animals pics, most times this works and I generally follow this rule. Very good work.

Nice image, that stare is really something.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-05 20:34]

That's a beauty, Alan. Elegant indeed. Something about leopards. Just so graceful. You did a grerat job on this shot: details are sharp, good light, excellent composition. TFS. : )

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-05 22:30]

Excellent shot!!!Great eye contact,nice compostion&perfect DOF.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-05 22:52]

Alan, this is really very nice.

Great pose, great eye to eye contact.

Excellent composition too.

Hi Alan!
What a cute cat.He is smiling.Very good details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-06 3:54]
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Hi Alan!

Excellent capture. I really love the eyes, this must be a female ... she's so pretty! Composition is perfect, details are crystal clear and POV & DOF are great. Well done! How and why did you get this great opportunity?


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-06 4:11]

Wonderful shot Alan!
Lighting,very clear eyes,expression on face,details DOF and composition are excellent.
I think this is male.TFS...:-)

Wow, a big smile for the camera! Nice looking cat Alan. Lovely bright eyes and awesome coloured coat. Excellent POV, sharpness and light. It's a winner! Well done. Thanks

Great shot Alan!
I love this gaze. It has something special in the eyes.
As always perfect capture with perfect details. I like it very much.
Well done!

Magnificent animal Alan! It sounds like a wonderful opportunity not only to photograph them but to get close and observe them as you say..Your shot is well composed and the dead-on eye contact a big plus..Great details and exposure with a pleasant setting/BG. TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-06 7:42]

Beau et intéressant portrait photographique pour ce superbe léopard. Bonne netteté mais on ressent un peu le flash...
Well Done !

Beautiful portrait, lucky you! I would just increase a bit the saturation and comtrast.
Well done.

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