|Copyright: Geoff Taylor (geoffash26)
|Date Taken: 2006-03|
|Camera: Canon 20D, canon 300 f4 is|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-03-06 16:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A stunning example captured at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation |
The name "cheetah" comes from a Hindi word meaning "spotted one" or from the Sanskrit word "chitraka". An adult has yellow or tan fur with solid black round or oval spots measuring .75 to 1.5 inches (1.9 to 3.8 centimeters) in diameter. The spots cover nearly the entire body; only the white throat and abdomen are unmarked. The tail ends with 4-6 black rings and a bushy, white tuft. The spot pattern plus the ring pattern on the tail enable the identification of specific cheetahs (by humans). The head is small with eyes set high and a black "tear mark" running from the inner aspect of each eye down to the mouth. The teeth are small to accommodate large nasal passages. An adult cheetah weighs 80-140 pounds (36-64 kilograms), is about 32 inches (81 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and 48-56 inches (121-142 centimeters) long with another 28-32 inches (70-81 centimeters) in tail - males are a little larger than females. Cheetahs are sometimes mistaken for leopards - much heavier animals with rosette shaped spots and no tear marks
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Hi Geoff, looks like you had a good day too.
A fine detailed capture of Pepo.
- [2006-03-06 18:14]
Nice shot, good detail and good focus on the eyes, excellent colour.
Great shot, Well done!!!
Nice version of Pepo, he was playing hard to get on sat and the light was really contrasty...
Nice in your face shot Geoff with some good detail.