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The Big Cat

The Big Cat
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Copyright: Kedar Kulkarni (kedarkulkarni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 234 W: 0 N: 346] (1459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger, Tigers in India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 2:52
Viewed: 4164
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our vehicles approached the area near kala pahad (in Pench). The guide asked us to stay still, and be silent. He said there is some movement on the right. Soon we heard the alert calls from Spotted deer and peacocks. Everyone was excited. All eyes, Binocs and cameras were searching for the big cat in that forest. And there she came walking straight towards us. Excitement at its peak! First 5-6 snaps were blurred due to the hand shake. Blame it all to the excitement of seeing that big cat. This was the first snap which I could get without much of the hand shake. This was taken when she was about 70 to 80 feet away from us. Hope you like it.

The Pench tiger reserves hosts about 50 odd tigers in 750 sq km of Jungle. We were very fortunate to see one of the tigress in our morning ride. She is mother of 3 cubs of about 11 months each. The cubs are about to move away from the mother and start ruling their own territory. Unfortunately we couldn’t see any of the cubs along with her this time.

For the sake of protection from the poachers the forest department have installed a GPS collar on her. They were planning to do that for one dominant male and one of the strongest cubs in the jungle. But according to our safari guide they were not able to get near the dominant male. They had tried installing the collar to the cub, but the cubs have destroyed it. So now she is the only tigress in the jungle having a collar.

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I can imagine how excited you must have been on spotting this queen, Kedar.
Despite quivering hands, you have taken a good picture of her in the natural habitat.
The grass in the foreground hides the Tigress partially, but it also makes the environment very natural.
Thanks and all the best.

Hello Andrei,
excellent capture of this beauty, beautifull natural colors, light,
have a nice day,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-05 22:03]

Hi Kedar,
Outstanding shot of this big cat among the tall grass and I like its cool and unconcerned appearance. I could not make it to Pench this time despite lot of planning. I can understand your excitement on seeing this beauty...but you have done well here. Excellent composition showing the natural habitat. Kudos.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-06 19:40]

Hi Kedar,
excellent production of the cat. Such a beautiful shot with excellent graphic of the grassess.
Nice natural shot with natural surroundings.


Hellow Kedar,
This is a magnificent cat, what a pity about the illigal poaching going on all over the world with all species of bird, mammals,reptiles etc.etc.Lying down one would hardly notice this powerful beast.I would love a trip to India some time to capture some of these amazing animals.

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