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The Panther

The Panther
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Copyright: Serge BREARD (BREARD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Parc Animalier de Cerza [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-03 2:23
Viewed: 2754
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Photo réalisée dans le Parc Animalier de CERZA

Sri Lanka Panther (Panthera pardus Kotiya) is a subspecies of leopard whose range is only in Sri Lanka.
The weight of adult leopard varies from 50 to 90 kg for males (record: 127 kg, the weight of a lion) and 30 to 60 kg for female (sexual dimorphism as important for all cats, about 40% ) and body length ranges from 100 cm up to 1.60 m and 1.90 m for the African subspecies. Its height at the withers varies from 50 to 80 cm and its tail can measure up to 100 cm, including tail that serves to balance as it moves through the trees. Its longevity is a decade in nature while some Panthers reach easily 20 years in captivity.
The leopard is a solitary animal except only during the mating season (about two weeks per year), the male and female support during this short time to mate. The gestation period is three and a half months and the female can give birth two or three young in a rock crevice or hole in a tree.
Some leopards are black and are then called "black panthers". This is not a distinct subspecies, but a variation linked to a genetic mutation called melanism: the fur keeps its spots, but they are no longer visible in the hair. Although common in other cats (cats, jaguars ...), this mutation preferentially affects Asian specimens such as tropical forests of the islands of Java and Sumatra and especially in Malaysia, where two of a panther is black.
The body of the leopard is built for agility, which ease climbing trees: it has a powerful chest and legs well developed. Faced with other predators, the leopard can climb its prey in the trees protected from scavengers. It would thus be able to haul the carcass of a baby giraffe, whose mass can reach 150 kg at a height of 6 m2.
Speed: The leopard can reach the maximum speed of 65 km / h.
• High jump: the leopard can jump, jump three feet high.
• Long jump: usually seven or eight meters in a race, sometimes up to fifteen meters long.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-03 4:58]

Bonjour Serge,
Un animal de grande beauté que tu nous présentes ici. Un animal en capitivité aussi..il faudrait donc le préciser dans ta note, cela fait partie des règles..sinon on pourrait penser qu'en France ils se promènent en forêt ;.) J'aime beaucoup le mouvement de tête que tu as capté sur ton image.
Bonne semaine

Ciao Serge. Great capture for the handsome imponent animal. Exciting light and colours.


Ciao Serge, great portrait of superb creature in nice pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Serge,

Beautiful composition of this sleek & beautiful cat showing all of it's details quite nicely. Sharp focus, lovely colour, & a very apt point of view.

(Incidentally, I recently read 'The Man Eater of Punanai' which although not exlusively about these elusive cats ... still describes them very well.)

hello Serge very nice picture with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Serge,
nice panther. Incredible shot. Amazing natural colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Serge,
What a lovely creature. Exceptional sharpness and focus.
Lovely composition with nice clarity and very good contrast.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-03 8:54]

Salut Serge,position magnifique et perfection absolue dans une lumiere pas facile,un excellent resultat,mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-03 11:04]

Hello Serge,
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours. Very nice pose.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-03 13:02]

Hello Serge,
great details, very crisp, nicely composed and capturet ,perfect details. Nice work.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Serge,
A beautiful pictured of this leopard, very good details sharpness and beautiful natural colours, a good shot!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice night,
Best Regards,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-10-03 14:50]

Bonjour Serge,

Très belle capture (photographique bien entendu). Belle finesse de détails, exposition juste sous une belle lumière tamisée. Le cadrage serré focalise l'attention sur la bête. Et la très faible profondeur de champs permet de bien isoler l'animal du fond flou. Bravo pour cette belle réussite.


HI Serge,

Fantastic shot of this leopard with good details & in a nice pose.
Taken from a good POV & nice green in the BG. Well done & TFS.

Hi Serge, Wow what a fabulous capture of this amazing Panther, superb posture showing this majestic animal, impressive detailed sharpness, good exposure control under the harsh lighting conditions, excellent picture value Serge and very well done,
Best Regards,


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