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Cheetahs Can't Climb Trees

Cheetahs Can't Climb Trees
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-12-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Cheetahs 1, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 12:14
Viewed: 38100
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cheetahs are not supposed to be able to climb trees because they cannot retract their claws (they use them for stablity whilst running - rather like the spikes in a sprinter's shoes). This makes their claws (supposedly) unsuitable for climbing. No-one had told this young male or his brother as both were looking for prey in this acacia tree.

Samburu is an excellent Park for big cats. It is best if possible to have your own experienced guide and vehicle - otherwise what you see can be a compromise. I was able to watch this pair for ages - and was way late for lunch!

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To delic: ClosenessJamesp 4 02-19 13:23
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Hi James,
Very nice shot of my favorite big cat... I hope one time I could see one in his natural habitat :-) Excellent composition and good details.
Thanks for sharing and I add this photograph directly in my favorite!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-11 12:48]
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Hello James,
Majestic cheetah photograph! Great composition and light. How close were you with that lens?

amazing creature, did not konw they climb trees. TFS Ori

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-02-11 14:42]
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Wow, this is an amazing photo. I suppose you took this from a car, right?
Fantastic pose, composition, sharpness and colours. Almost perfect!

Thanks for sharing!

Very interesting post and note.
Good result despite of difficult light condition.
Excellent pose composition.
Background is good too.

that is one sexy cheetah bitch i would rail that cat all night

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