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Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF70-200mm 4/L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 11:17
Viewed: 8609
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is a subspecies of tiger found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers, which isolate Sumatran tigers from all mainland subspecies.[2] About 400-500 wild Sumatran tigers were believed to exist in 1998, but their numbers have continued to decline.[3] According to the RSPB in March 2008 there were approximately 300 Sumatran Tigers remaining in the wild.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies as compared to the Siberian tiger which is the largest.
Sumatran male tigers average 8 feet (2.438m) in length from head to tail and weigh about 265 lbs.(120.2 kg). Females average 7 feet (2.134 m) in length and weigh about 200 lbs (90.718 kg).
The smaller size of the Sumatran tiger makes it easier to move quickly through the jungle. Also, their stripes are narrower than other tiger species. The tiger's patterned coloring is an adaptation for camouflage in their natural habitat, which is often tall grass. The males, especially, have a more bearded and maned appearance in which neck and cheek hair are well developed.
Webbing between their toes, when spread, enables the Sumatran tiger to be a very fast swimmer. It will, if given the chance, run hoofed prey, who are much slower swimmers, into the water.
The white spots on the back of tiger's ears are called "eye spots" or "predator spots." These spots are believed to function as false eyes as well as to make it look larger to any predator approaching from behind. This is particularly helpful in keeping cubs safe.
Sumatran Tigers commonly prey on larger ungulates like Wild Boar, Malayan Tapir, and deer, and sometimes also smaller animals such as fowl, monkeys, and fish.Orangutans could be prey, but since they spend a minimal amount of time on the ground, tigers rarely catch one. Sumatran tigers will sometimes prey upon mice and other small mammals when larger prey is scarce.

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Hi Bill,
A very nice photo of this tiger.What a handsome animal.Very well composed ,with excellent natural colours and lighting.

Hello Bill,
fantastic capture of this Tiger with well chosen POV and perfect focussing. Good contrast of the orange colours in the green surrounding. Fine composition, I like it.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-28 14:29]

Hi Bill,magnificent specie and fantastic pic.What a perfection in this difficult situation and light! Truely a very professional work,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Bill,
Very beautiful picture of the tiger, excellent details sharpness, very nice eye-contact and beautiful contrast, very well capture,
Thanks for sharing a nice nice day,
Best Regards,

majestic creature in the bamboo forest, TFS Ori

Interesante trabajo de la luz. Buenas la nitidez y el encuadre.
Saludos Bill: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Bill,
Excellent capture! Everything is perfect in this photo - sharpness, details, colours, composition, pose of the tiger and POV. I also like the eye contact, it's great. Well done!

Beautiful animal and beautiful photo Bill! Very good POV and composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hi Bill,
what a nice photo of this aniamal. Incredible. What a situation.
Nice natural colours.
Have a nice weekend,

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