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Puma concolor.

Puma concolor.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super, Digital ISO 400, Cokin Skylight UV Neutral 58mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Great cats - Grandes felinos, Zoo animals, North American Felines, Captivity, Felidae of the world: First series, kitty kitty !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-29 13:37
Viewed: 9668
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae

Common names:
All languages: Puma
English: Cougar, Deer tiger, Moutain lion, Red tiger, Catamount, Panther
Spanish: León, León colorado, León de montaña, León americano, León bayo, Mitzli, Onza bermeja

• Length: 1,5 to 2,7 m including the tail: 55 to 90 cm
• Height: 60 to 75 cm
• Weight: 35 to 105 kg
• Coulour: Plain, from gray to red brown. The muzzle, the back of the ears and the end of the tail are darker. Body underside white. The youngs are mottled.
• Characteristics: Relatively small round head, retractile claws.

Whole american continent, from Canada to Peru.

Temperate forests, Subtropical or tropical dry forests, Savanna, Temperate desert. From sea level to 4 500 m high.

The Puma doesn't have permanent den and shelters in caves, under rocks or in the dense vegetation.
Each one has a vast territory (However, the female's is smaller than the males, from 15 to 50 km2 against 60 km2).
It is a lonely animal which only tolerates a congener during reproduction period.

The Puma hunts by approaching silently, and can run up to 80 km/h to conclude. It eats essentially cervidaes, but smaller mammals and birds too. In forest, it often hunts in the trees. It kills its preys by biting to the nape of the neck.

Reproduction :
• Sexual maturity: 24 to 36 months (the females are mature more quickly)
• Coupling: All the year
• Gestation: 90-97 days
• Numbers of youngs by litter: 2 to 6
The coupling takes place after a short love race.

Conservation Status:
Registered on the IUCN red list as "Near threatened".
The Puma suffers from persecution because considered as a threat for the livestock, and from destruction of its natural habitat.

willie, mogens-j, Lesley, Fisher, red45, Callie, Lourens, gerhardt, Signal-Womb, Luc, hummingbird24, PDP, deud, alejandroguzman has marked this note useful
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Oh, I love these pictures of lazy cats and this is a very nice one too. Very nice colours and composition Sebastien and Happy New Year.

Excellent post Sebastien. Good DOF and POV. Good composition. Well done

Composition, détails dans le pelage, exploitation de la lumière, profondeur de champ réduite au sujet, arrière-plan flou et cadre artistique font de cette photo une très belle réussite. Bravo Sébastien!

Good post Sebastien.
Nice warm colours, good details and pose.
Well done.

Happy New Year.

Lovely portrait of this handsome big cat, a little bit of blown hightlights on the chest, but doesn't subtract from this image. Well done.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

Stunning shot, well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-12-30 10:35]

Heeeeeeeeere, kitty, kitty, kitty.
Seriously, excelent details, colors and Composition of the relaxed Mountain Lion.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-30 11:35]

pros: cat, light, pose, colours, note, details
cons: none

Absolutely great shot, Sebastien!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-12-30 12:15]

Hi Sebastien
This is a beautiful mug-shot of this American Kitty. The mood created by you is very nice and it adds a bit of mistery to the cat.

Superb image, Sebastien. Detail of this reclining cat is fantastic!!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-30 15:05]

This is a real beauty Sebastien. He is really soaking up the sun and does not have a worry in the world (unaware of his conservation status). The composition and sharpness is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting. May you and your family have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-31 6:48]

Nice pussycat. Good colours and composition. Very clear, well done...

Firstly, please allow me to wish you all the best for 2005, Sebastien. I have been away for a while and missed some of your shots, I have a weeks vacation left and might drop off the radar again.

This lazy cat is very well captured. Nice composition and a lovely golden light. The note is a nice support for this great shot.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-05 7:04]

Nice light on this cat! great details

Fantastic pose and play of light that really shows up the texture of the coat. A superb shot and excellent note. An A+ post.

kikou mon ami , merci pour tes dernieres gentilles paroles ... je n'ai pas encore eu le temps de revenir sur tn, cependant dans 10jrs je pars en vacnaces au Kénya et je pense qu'apres on me reverra ici...j'en ai besoin...j'admire toujours autant tes photos...celle -ci est prise avec finesse et tendresse pour imanné de cet animal toute sa beauté...les couleurs sont superbement bien rendues...bravo...amitié BI

Definitely an air of contentment in this photo, Sebastian. I find this composition pleasing to see. Not a care in the world has this cat. You have good detail here, and I especially like the lighting and the warmth it sheds on your subject. Well done, and TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-25 16:07]

Very nice picture Sebastien, the pose is very cat-like - sleepy and content. Excellent details and the lighting is nice. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 18:12]

Sebastien, a very beautiful animal, a great shot.

Excellent mixture between dark and light shades.

Great sharpness, pov and composition.


Very nice photo, Sebastien. I love the "pose" of this cat, lazing around. Nice light and colors, too.

Hello Sebastien !

Very nice portrait, with a magnificent lighting and DOF, as well as the composition.

Take a look my Puma when you have some time. :-)

Have a nice beginning of week,

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