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Hi everyone,
Many thanks for the C&Cís on my last upload Ė The Conversation. You could see some weird stuff too!

I originally adult tagged this, but several EPZers felt it didn't warrant it, so I've removed it.... .... These are the two Snow Leopards at WHF, Ranschan 8 and 7year old Mizi . In the early evening on Saturday we were in the very privileged position to witness them mating, a rare sight indeed. Often during the day we heard the most amazing caterwauling and it was these two.

Snow Leopards conservation status is listed by CITES as Endangered. Their habitat is the mountainous regions of Asia, Afghanistan, Himalayas, Russia, Mongolia & Nepal. They tend to be solitary animals only getting together during the mating season. Their main food include sheep, deer, hares and mice. The main threat Snow Leopards face is poaching for the fur trade (3 skins to make one hat), loss of habitat caused by deforestation and dam projects, and loss of food sources.

Based in Kent UK WHF is an active partner in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP), as well as setting up education programmes for the people that share the habitats of these wonderful cats. Letís hope the pairing of these two amazing animals produces young to help swell the numbers.

V2 a wider shot shows those wonderful tails and V3 another close head shot. These aren't going to win any natural history competitions but it's SO rare to witness this I wanted to share it.
Thanks for looking.
Barbara

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:160mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mating Snow Leopards
Username:baclark baclark
Uploaded:28 Jun 2011 - 5:57 AM
Tags:Endangered, Mating, Mizi, Pets / captive animals, Ranschan, Snow leopards, Whf
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acousticmist
28 Jun 2011 - 6:51 AM

Three cracking shots.............Martin

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 7:16 AM

Don't like being intruded on Barbara !!!!Wink Love is.........Ron.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:20 AM

Amazing ....
she looks so laid back and him ? scarey

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User_Removed
28 Jun 2011 - 8:37 AM

Oh yes, all are excellent.

Lucien.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 9:01 AM

And just think Barbara, she went up the tree to find him againWink
Especially as we all thought she looked too tired and had a headache coming on ...again, and again!Grin
Truely amazing privlege to of been there and not only witness but get some images as well
Brilliant shots Barbara, all of them..mine from the other side so... next week we'll get those out shall we?...and Maggie, did she get any?
Outstanding!
Lillian

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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 9525 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 - 9:10 AM

Great shots, and as you say, an extremely rare opportunity.

( I think you've been a bit over-sensitive with the adult tag....anyone who's got the filter on to avoid full on adult stuff is going to miss out on these super shots!)

Roger

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gingerdelight
28 Jun 2011 - 10:09 AM

These are absolutely wonderful, so very well captured. Her face is so serene, but his! Goodness, just as well she cannot see him, it's quite demonic! Thank you so much for sharing these with us.
Carol

PS: I agree with Roger that the Adult tag should be removed, these are natural history shots and it's a shame that some people should miss them.

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morpheus1955
28 Jun 2011 - 10:45 AM

Fantastic set of images, very well captured indeed.

Hugh

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 11:41 AM

Amazing shots - what a privilege to have been there; you must have been so excited..
Ann

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 12:20 PM

I may well put these up again soon without the adult tag!
Barbara

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 12:48 PM

UPDATE Have discovered that it is poossible to remove the adult tag. Have done, so in the hope that it won't offend.....
Barbara

Last Modified By baclark at 28 Jun 2011 - 12:49 PM

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 1:02 PM

Glad you changd the tag, as you already know, I don't ever check out "Adult"! Have to say, these 2 look to be enjoying the moment!! Well captured images.

Trust the paintwork and on-going thunder have sorted themselves out?

Ann

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 3:35 PM

Well, thanks for sharing them with us, Barbara Smile Just love the two ever so different expressions on their faces, especially in V1 - so this has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 4:50 PM

Bleeding heck Barbara,the poor chap looks in pain here !!
I am sure he is enjoying it though.
Excellent shots.
Mick.

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
28 Jun 2011 - 5:48 PM

wonderful set Barbara, love all 3
Tammy

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 7:07 PM

rare animals and three special shots Barbara
regards
Yung

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 8:45 PM

V1 is absolutely wonderful - and I'm sure she would agree too, she looks positively ecstatic! Tell you what, though, if Terry bared his teeth and snarled at me like that I would definitely have a headache coming on..... WinkWink
Theresa

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2011 - 4:23 PM

Well captured Barbara

Bernie

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Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2011 - 9:59 PM

wow, this is a fantastic set, the eye detail of the male is wonderful

Linda

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2011 - 11:47 PM

Hi Barbara, this is an amazingly unique opportunist shot! I'm sure however that no-one would be offended!
I thought the adult tag was a joke!
Looking forward to more from your day out! Certainly seems to have been worth it!
Tony

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