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I had a most beautiful experience yesterday on my birthday. A close encounter with this male Cheetah. An absolutely gorgeous cat. He gave me the honour of getting close to him and he sat beside me while I stroked him gently on the head, neck and cheek. And he PURRED loudly whilst I touched him. It was the best birthday present ever.
Thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads, every single one is read and appreciated very miuch, Thanks. Sorry I didn't get around to voting yesterday. I was out from dawn til late, fortunately with my camera. I will endeavor to catch up on all your new pics today and tomorrow.
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 135-400mm set @ 135 & standing back.
Title:Close Encounter
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:1 Apr 2009 - 10:02 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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jack33
jack33  653 forum posts England
1 Apr 2009 - 10:37 AM

What a great birthday present,its a nice shot. I like the frame tight around the head too.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 10:38 AM

Happy birthday for yesterday
I think that shot is wonderful
What an animal
And lucky you!!

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motorsportpictures

WOW, what an amazing close-up.
Scott

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 1:00 PM

Great capture Steve, nice crop
Steve

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 1:41 PM

A great image and what a nice experience, you share your birthday with my son. - gary

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 - 2:25 PM

What a great way to celebrate your birthday. I am reeeeeaaaally envious!!! Happy birthday for yesterday!
Jenny

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 3:18 PM

Happy belated Birthday! What a wonderful present, one to remember for sure...Great shot of this beautiful cheetah. Lovely close crop.....Sandy

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 4:16 PM

Thanks for your good wishes and comments everyone.
Steve.

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maratsuikka
1 Apr 2009 - 4:27 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,FANTASTIC IMAGE;I LIKE IT VERY MUCH

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 4:56 PM

Lucky you, a marvelous capture, such a beautiful cat.
Bob

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
1 Apr 2009 - 5:08 PM

Excellent capture ,good detail well done regards
Mike

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Ayelet_A
Ayelet_A  6 Israel3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 5:21 PM

Happy birthday Grin

Wonderful shot - great crop and details. I'd suggest trying to brighten the eye a little in PS to reveal more details, hope you don't mind Smile

Ayelet

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iancam
iancam  5 England
1 Apr 2009 - 5:44 PM

Happy Birthday for yesterday Steve, What a fantastic experience.

Excellent shot and detail
Ian

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Clayey
Clayey  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 6:12 PM

Very very brave man, are your hands still there? Thanks for the comments on my own picture, looking at your portfolio I can see you have the same likes in photography as I do & I will add you to my favourites so I can keep track of what you are shooting. Happy birthday and I hope you have many more. Regards Peter.

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 6:31 PM

Wonderful shot and what a super birthday you had obviously that is so great
Alexa

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janty66
janty66  7 England
1 Apr 2009 - 7:45 PM

superb shot, like the crop, brilliant detail...

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 8PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 10:16 PM

Lovely closeup!

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whiteswan01
1 Apr 2009 - 10:54 PM

Happy birthday for yesterday was that eagle heights you went to A superb crop
Dawn

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 11:02 PM

great close up wonderful detail love the eye contact
andy

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Tigress  6 Scotland
1 Apr 2009 - 11:11 PM

Glad you had a great birthday. I did the very same thing in S Africa- it's a buzz isn't it? They are so huge- but such great purring ! I was alone with two adults and then 5 cubs- that was a challenge ! ( 5 running at you at once ! Fabulous !)
Great shot of a cheetah- love the lines- they say they use them as "sights" to view prey
June

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lyntonB
lyntonB  7 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2009 - 12:56 AM

Super shot, nice detail and composition.

Lynton

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2009 - 8:31 AM

Great close up,
Alan

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JPT  5
2 Apr 2009 - 9:41 AM

Great picture, Jim.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
2 Apr 2009 - 7:40 PM

Excellent.

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Philip_P
Philip_P e2 Member 971 forum postsPhilip_P vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2009 - 9:38 AM

Great shot Steve & what a wonderful birthday present.
Phil

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2009 - 10:04 AM

wow wonderful

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2009 - 10:05 AM

I see you share your birthday with Iancam and I missed his too, lovely shot Steve, must have been a wonderful experience,
Geoff.

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photophantom
5 Apr 2009 - 11:20 AM

great close up. All the best for your birthday.
Dennis

Last Modified By photophantom at 5 Apr 2009 - 11:21 AM

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poppy59
poppy59  5 United States
10 Apr 2009 - 11:44 AM

Steve, This is a beautiful shot of this cheetah. Just a great job. Have a wonderful day. Bill

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