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On Saturday I like to indulge my love for big cats and today is no exception! Here's a shot of one of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation's Amur Leopards. I can identify most of their tigers now but not the the Amur Leopards so I'm not sure who this is. Suffice it to say they are very quick and fiesty and you need your wits about you!

It is thought that in the wild less than 50 of these amazing animals are left, living in a conservation area in Russia.
The Amur Leopard is the worlds most endangered cat.

They can run up to 37 mph for short periods and leap some 20 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. They are good strong climbers taking their kill up a tree to eat alone and can descend head first back down. Amur leopard feed mainly on on roe and sika deer.They have longer legs and fur in comparison with other leopard species, the fur varies from 2.5 in spring to 7.5 cm in winter allowing them to survive in the snowy cold climate.

Thanks for looking, available LARGE. Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.
Barbara

Camera:Pentax K-m Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax 50 -200DA
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Amur Leopard
Username:baclark baclark
Uploaded:26 Sep 2009 - 9:20 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Pets / captive animals
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quinnywhufc
26 Sep 2009 - 9:24 AM

great pic !

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 9:34 AM

Stunning Barbara, envious pic, where is the HWF???

Martin and Bev (bpearson3).

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Good shot Barbara.

Chris

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 9:41 AM

So hiding up a tree is no good then?!

Fantastic capture of this rare cat.

Tony

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GordonLack
GordonLack e2 Member 4GordonLack vcard United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 - 9:47 AM

Great capture Barbara, glad you weren't on his menu. It's a shame that they have been hunted to almost extinction.

Gordon

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maggieh
maggieh  5 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 - 9:50 AM

Saying hello to a close friend? He looks pleased to see you. Great shot.
maggie

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 9:55 AM

Looks like your on his menu Barbara

Bernie

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bpearson3
bpearson3  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 9:59 AM

Barbara....... I am so envious. I wish I lived nearer to Kent!
This is stunning. I can even see the creases in the Amur's tongue.
10/10. Well worthy of an award.

Love Bev x

Last Modified By bpearson3 at 26 Sep 2009 - 10:00 AM

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jools59
jools59  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 10:01 AM

This is fab Barbara....tried out some shots at colchester Zoo...unfortunately it rained all the day and the animals were shy to come out...ahhh better luck next time...thanks for sharing...Jools

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baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 10:08 AM

Thank you so much for the award Bev. I am delighted that you like the image!
Barbara

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 10:22 AM

Another full on portrait Barbara, information excellent. Congrats on the award. Ron.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 10:30 AM

Absolutely stunning WOW, the detail is amazing, fabulous colours, you really have caught the essence of this most magnificent beast, super write up too.

Hugh

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somnathchatterjee

i simply love this image, well done.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 11:20 AM

"fiesty" indeed by the looks of things! Amazing bit of timing on your part and a magnificent looking animal. Enjoyed reading your write-up too.

Ann

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 11:23 AM

I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of those teeth! A super capture, Barbara, cracking detail and great timing to catch it like this. Excellent.
TrevB Smile

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 1:23 PM

Superb shot,
Alan

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Adderwatcher
26 Sep 2009 - 1:36 PM

A simply beautiful portrait of this handsome beast. excellent shot.
Scott

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 - 2:35 PM

An absolutely stunning image brilliant detail well done
Harry

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arifgalica
26 Sep 2009 - 3:32 PM

fantastic pics
from me and my son kujtim h elove very much leopard

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 3:37 PM

Wonderful image and thanks for the info.
Joan.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 6:00 PM

I love the ''snarl'' here Barbara.
A well timed take.
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 - 6:20 PM

great shot barbara.ray

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 7:17 PM

Beautiful image with superb detail and colours very well timed
Alexa

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Little Jo e2 Member 122272 forum postsLittle Jo vcard United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 - 8:55 PM

A classic big cat photo that has been superbly executed. I love the way you've got the detail of the rough tongue too. It's a joy to see it.

Jo

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 8:58 PM

excellent, congrats on the user award.lesley

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User_Removed
26 Sep 2009 - 10:21 PM

Stunning animal, stunning image, award well deserved (if i had'nt already given mine out then this would have won another).

Lovely expression on his face, such a cute creature. Beautiful.

Alison H

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2009 - 10:50 PM

Deserves a load of attention this is Great

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PattiW e2 Member 8PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2009 - 2:26 AM

Stunning capture, Patti

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wyatturp  8 England
27 Sep 2009 - 11:05 AM

Super to view!!

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photophantom
27 Sep 2009 - 11:37 AM

brilliant timely close up
Dennis

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gingerdelight
27 Sep 2009 - 4:00 PM

Stunning shot Barbara! Great write up, but what shame about the remaining few in the wild.
Carol

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27 Sep 2009 - 7:11 PM

Absolutely superb Barbara. Beautiful shot. Antony

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popeyeee
popeyeee  4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2009 - 9:35 AM

love this one barbara WOW

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ventile
ventile  7152 forum posts Wales
7 Oct 2009 - 8:20 AM

Wonderful shot and great info too.Thanks
Dave

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pj12
pj12  6 Bulgaria
11 Oct 2009 - 6:40 PM

Very well done, perfect shot!

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