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Red Panda

Red Panda
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 5:07
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)Also Called: Lesser Panda , hun-ho, wah, red cat bear

Length: 42 inches
Weight: 11 lbs
Gestation: 134 days
Offspring: 1 - 4
Life Span: 14 years

Description: The red panda is a smaller relative of the Giant Panda. Like the giant panda, scientists are not sure where to classify the red panda. It has similarities to both Procyonidae (raccoons) and Ursidae (bears). Currently it is classified as Ursidae though some scientists believe it should have its own family. The red panda is usually red on its upper surface and black underneath. The face is white with black "tear" tracks under each eye. The Red panda has a long, furry tail with alternating light and dark rings. This tail is not prehensile. Like the giant panda, the red panda has an elongated bone in its wrist that functions as a thumb and allows it to grab food. The red panda is very agile and uses its tail for balance when climbing.

Birth & Offspring: Several days before giving birth, a female red panda begins preparing a nest where her young will be born. During the first few days, the mother will spend between 60 and 90 percent of the time with her cubs. After a week, the mother spends more time away looking for food coming back frequently to groom and feed her young. After 90 days the young leave the nest for the first time. Young red pandas will stay with their mother until the next breeding season. Male red pandas have nothing to do with raising their young.

The above obtained from http://www.thebigzoo.com/Animals/Red_Panda.asp


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 6:23 p.m.
Date: 7th October 2006
Weather conditions: Twilight
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/40
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 360mm
ISO: 400
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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bonjour Pam,
Comment résister à une telle créature?
La photo est superbe, belle netteté, belles couleur.

bravo et merci du partage

wow..............!!!! no comment....

What a rich zoo you have in Auckland, Pam!
A delightful portrait of this cute Red Panda.
The image is so sharp I can literally count the hair on its whiskers.
This picture is the zenith of perfection in nature photgraphy in my opinion.
Thanks for sharing it.

A great portrait Pam.
Very clear with great detail and colour.
Don't get to see these much down this way.
(There are some Indonesian Water Buffalo at Barrytown though)
Great job,well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-09 6:45]

Cute look nice shot,nice POV&Details...

Hello Pam !
This little panda is so cute ! I love his look and his big hairy ears ! Sharpness and details are outstanding, perfect exposure, beautiful colors and composition... Simply a perfect picture ! Very well done !

what a lovely portrait, pam! :-)
the little furry friend is so cute and he is looking directly
into the lens, not shy at all, and so close.
we have some red pandas in the cologne zoo, too, but they are
always hiding somewhere or high up in a tree.
the details and colors are so perfect, it looks so lively, like i could pet him.
excellent job & take care, thorsten.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-09 8:28]
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Hello Pam,
You have captured a lovely portrait with a good focus. I love the expression on his face, very cute. TFS :o)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-09 10:35]

Lovely close-up of the little Panda, his face and eyes seem incredibly small and cute! Good lighting and really sharp!
TFS, Ulla


What a cute potrait this is , those glassy eyes are amazing. Details , colors and sharpness is excellent
Goutham R

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-09 13:24]

Hi Pam,

A very cute shot of this loved one,shows very nice colors,maybe a bit tight crop,but still a very nice shot,


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-09 13:59]

Hello Pam , Beautifull portret lovely face , beauty colours light pov sharp ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Lovely capture Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.
Lisa insists that this is added to my favs....you've earned me some points in the good book tonight ;)

Hello Pam,
this is a loveley portrait shot. I love it. Fantastic eye contact, excellent sharpness, details and perfect framing. This is a superb composition my friend. Thank you.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-09 14:55]

Hi Pam

What a wonderful shot of this cute little Panda, great composition and I love the eye contact, the detail is superb with excellent colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Salut Pam
Félicitation pour cette belle prise de vue avec ce beau portrait.Tout est parfait couleurs,détails et composition.
Encore une fois Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-09 17:42]

Hi Pam,
Cute, very cute panda. Beautiful picture and very sharp. Good composition, perhaps just a little bit tight on the left side.
Regards, Francois

Brilliant! What a cute face he has Pam. Glad you filled the frame, details are wonderful. VERY WELL DONE.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-10-09 18:41]

Hi Pam,
This is the first really close-up shot I've seen of one of these amazing creatures. Whenever I see them they're normally way up in a tree, out of camera range and just peering down. It's a great shot, wonderful light and detail, perfect DOF with a great background. Top job. I think just a little more contrast would be good but perhaps just my monitor.

Hi Pam,
A wonderful close up portrait of a Red Panda. You did a great job in composing this shot. The DOF and smooth background is excellent to isolate the panda's face. The colour tone is superb and adds a softness to the shot that I really like. Very well seen and executed!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-10 3:29]

Wow, Pam... He is so fuzzy, I want to reach out and touch him.
What superb details!
That is a cutie, alright. I love his curious look.
Excellent POV, focus, and exposure.
TFS. : )

Hi Pam,
Thanks for this amazing portrait of an animal that I didn't know anything about :) Details are really good and this is a great eye contact. Nice colors and POV, this guy is a little beauty and I appreciated your notes about it. Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-10 14:31]

So cute, wonderful expression, lovely details, POV and colours. Just lovely



opps PT all out

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-10 16:48]

Hi Pam,
Cute, lovely, a very pretty face. A portrait simple perfect and a tender shot!
TFS, José M.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-12 12:03]

Bonjour Pam!

Félicitations pour cette belle photo,j'aime bien l'éclairage qui met la tête du spécimen en évidence. Bravo pour la netteté et le charme.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-17 1:33]

Hello Pam,
What a CUTE panda, his portrait is a pleasure for my eyes ! He seems so real on my screen and I like how he seems to look at us. Exposure, POV, colors and sharpness are excellent.
Bravo my friend.

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