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Good morning.....another Monday is upon us
Thank you for all your votes and comments , hope you are not tired of my Wildlife yet as i have a few more to come.
A huge Thank you to carol for her UA, much appreciated....
I have been to the Game lodge at least 15 times and had never come across a Serval. This time we came across two on separate drives. Both times the sun had already set so it was almost dark when I captured the images.
A Serval is a medium sized Wildcat related to the Caracal. It is one of the tallest cats. It has the longest legs of any cat relative to their body size. Their pattern of the fur is variable. Spotted black on tawney with stripes from its head down to his neck. They have very large ears and have an acute sense of hearing. We were lucky enough to watch it hunting for mice but did not witness the kill.

I am only uploading V2 as a back view just to show the stripes on the head and also how long its legs are when standing.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2013 - 5:47 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Serval
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:26 Aug 2013 - 5:57 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 6:11 AM

Great shots, I like V1 best, but only by a whisker!

Lavina

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 6:13 AM

Both images are excellent wild life studies.

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Aug 2013 - 6:21 AM

This must be a rare sighting Colleen !! Such a beauty in a good condition !! I love the alert pose in V2. We have a cloudless sky here - so I am sure you guys should see the clouds lift and be able to enjoy the mountain !!

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 6:23 AM

Two wonderful captures, Colleen, I like V.2 very much, showing off her beautiful coat so well. Carol

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
26 Aug 2013 - 6:33 AM

It maybe the first time i see a serval,even in a picture. It looks a little like a"Finnish" lynx,but is bigger. Anyway very rare,so well done ,Colleen !GrinGrinGrin ----- Jukka.

Caziwinkles
26 Aug 2013 - 7:28 AM

Superb images - a lovely coat in V2. You have some amazing images Colleen. Smile

Carol

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 7:58 AM

wonderful detail and colour colleen v2 for me today love the comp a belter nice one Wink
andy

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 - 8:13 AM

What luck and what a treat.

P.

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
26 Aug 2013 - 8:33 AM

Have seen Serval's in captivity Colleen, but first time I have seen pics of them in the wild. What a brilliant experience. Never bore of these, keep them coming Grin. Moira

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 8:37 AM

Grand capture Colleen!! Great to see them in the wild!!

widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 8:40 AM

Beautiful image Colleen , what a fantastic animal SmileSmile

Rod

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 8:52 AM

Two beauties of this alert feline, Colleen!

Richard

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 8:54 AM

Beautiful markings.......only ever seen a Serval in captivity..........GrinGrin

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 5365 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 9:17 AM

puts our house moggie to shame Smile

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 9:19 AM

Excellent find, Colleen, and well captured in that light.

Dave

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 9:34 AM

Beautifully captured, their camouflage is incredible it is a wonder that you manage to find him let alone capture him. "Wildlife photography at its best Colleen"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 10:11 AM

A perfect timed shot.

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 10:12 AM

A wonderful wildlife lesson as I don't know much about Servals
I love that rear view in V2.
KateGrinGrinGrin

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 10:16 AM

2 excellent images Colleen, great looking animal, V2 he so alert, interesting introSmile

Cliff

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 10:35 AM

Is it a Leopard? is it a Tiger? or is it a Tabby? Unusual cat, have only ever seen them on the TV Wild Life programs before so a big congrats on finding him/her and more so given the time of the capture..

Tish

jdinne
jdinne  11 England
26 Aug 2013 - 12:08 PM

Wonderful capture Colleen and you have handled the conditions very well.

John

debu
debu  4 India
26 Aug 2013 - 12:21 PM

Superb shots.
debu

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 12:27 PM

A new cat for me Colleen !!
Good shots.
Mick.

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 1:41 PM

Wonderful pictures of these cats in the wild-- enjoyed!

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 2:55 PM

Two excellent captures Colleen.
Shame how the cricket finished which ever team you were supporting.Sad
Joan.

raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 - 3:25 PM

well captured colleen.ray

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 4:04 PM

Such a majestic cat Colleen, and so lucky to see in their natural environment
Lillian

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 5:23 PM

Really lovely shots
Ju

AlexAppleby
26 Aug 2013 - 6:10 PM

Wow - lucky you, have only ever seen Servals when it is too dark to take a photo. Lovely to see this.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 8:43 PM

Wonderful captures,

Ali SmileSmile

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2013 - 9:59 PM

Two fine shots of this long limbed and beautifully marked feline

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 - 10:08 PM

Two lovely shots Colleen and love the write up. Cathy

digital_boi
27 Aug 2013 - 3:37 PM

great expression captured in V1 Colleen (think I have caught up )

Graham

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2013 - 5:15 PM

I'm not sure if I have seen one of these, nice one!Grin
Ryan

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 10:20 PM

beautiful cat, love how wel you have shown the graceful shape and the little sidelamps really stand out.

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