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What Cat's do best, even big cats.
This beautiful cat is a rare beauty seldom seen in the wild, a Jaguar.

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar's present range extends from Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tucson), the cat has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 1900s.

This spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build and its behavioural and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. While dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, the jaguar will range across a variety of forested and open terrain. It is strongly associated with the presence of water and is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming. The jaguar is a largely solitary, stalk-and-ambush predator, and is opportunistic in prey selection. It is also an apex and keystone predator, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species. The jaguar has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to the other big cats. This allows it to pierce the shells of armoured reptiles and to employ an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain.

The jaguar is a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. Threats include habitat loss and fragmentation. While international trade in jaguars or their parts is prohibited, the cat is still regularly killed by humans, particularly in conflicts with ranchers and farmers in South America. Although reduced, its range remains large; given its historical distribution, the jaguar has featured prominently in the mythology of numerous indigenous American cultures, including that of the Maya and Aztec.

I hope you like him, I think he is stunning but then I love cats. I don't think I've done him justice at all but he wasn't exactly active.

I hope you all had a great Easter, unfortunately I had to work but someone has to and that is why I only had time to click the last few days. I hope you will forgive me if I missed you out and for the lack of comments.

Best wishes,
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:What Cat's do best.
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:6 Apr 2010 - 12:00 PM
Tags:Big cat, Cat, Endangered, Jaguar, Lora park, Panther, Pets / captive animals, Tenerife, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 12:06 PM

two cracking detailed captures steve wonderful colour v1 takes it by a whisker nice one Wink
andy

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 12:16 PM

stunning shots but v2 gets my vote as he/she is looking at you

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Vince_S
Vince_S  5 England
6 Apr 2010 - 12:32 PM

Two excellent shots. V2 for me because of the eye contact.
Vince

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 12:35 PM

2 really excellent shots of a wonderful creature. Feel like your looking through the t.v. screen, wonderfully done and presented.
Regards
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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 - 1:08 PM

Two great shots Steve very well done
Harry

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PurrfectlyKat

two very good shots, very particular to big cat shots.. very impressed...

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 1:17 PM

Two stunning captures, Patti

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 1:22 PM

Reckon you did full justice to this handsome big cat. Love both images, each so different.

Ann

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gingerdelight

Two wonderful captures.
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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 1:52 PM

Tw great shots.
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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 2:08 PM

Two great shots, V1 for what you have as the title. What cat's do best!! Steve that is a fantastic write up you have given us.
wonderful shots
Lillian

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 2:14 PM

Like them both, but prefer seeing the eyes in v2.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 2:51 PM

Two lovely captures of this beautiful cat.
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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 3:27 PM

Two lovely images of this Jaguar
Alexa

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 - 5:03 PM

2 great images of this powerful big cat. I think the eyes in V2 swing it for me.
maggie

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janty66
janty66  7 England
6 Apr 2010 - 5:27 PM

2 wonderful shots..

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Evgenya
Evgenya  4 Russian Federation
6 Apr 2010 - 5:44 PM

Two excellent shots, Stephen. Superb...
Regards, Evgenya

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 6:02 PM

Great moment.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 6:38 PM

Excellent shots and write up

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 - 6:48 PM

Both shots spot on Steve.
Brian

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 7:29 PM

Two great shots worthy of individual uploads and hope you like the mods.

Ian

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
6 Apr 2010 - 8:05 PM

Two super shots.V1 for me.

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 8:46 PM

I love big cats and this is noe exception two good shots Ina

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6 Apr 2010 - 9:03 PM

Version 2 for me.

Ken

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 9:58 PM

I assume these were taken in a zoo, it is so sad to think these beautiful cats are kept locked up. Pity we don't like to do this to criminals!

Two good images, particularly like the eyes on V2.

Paul

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Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 11:04 PM

Two really great shots.

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goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 12:14 AM

Two gooduns Steve, but vers.2 for me today...Bill

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DanielD
DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 12:43 AM

Great picture set - very rare cat, indeed. Excellent composition for both. Good documentary presentation. Congrats

Dan

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 5:11 AM

Two cracking shots. well taken Steve.

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metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 5:44 AM

Two beautiful images. superbly presented. Well done
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7 Apr 2010 - 10:43 AM

Good shots.

A.

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Nice shots! Smile

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7 Apr 2010 - 1:27 PM

What a stunning animal these are, really beautiful and two great shots

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7 Apr 2010 - 3:01 PM

2 great shots Steve, a very well written intro too,
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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 - 5:40 PM


Quote: Two cracking detailed captures steve wonderful colour v1 takes it by a whisker nice one Wink
andy

I agree great work.
Peter

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 6:42 PM

Very useful narrative Steve to copliment these two great shots. I think my choice is for V2 but that is just a personal opinion.
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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 7:51 PM

Wow....gorgeous...beautiful beast
Gerry

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sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 9:37 PM

Two superb images V1 is my favourite - Elizabeth

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 8:30 PM

Two lovely images Steve,well captured !!

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PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 10:01 PM

Two superb images, Patti

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 10:19 PM

Impossible to choose between these two shots, they're both so good.

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Bowenite  5 Australia
9 Apr 2010 - 7:43 AM

Nice work. Well done.

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Imagephotographics

Two wonderful images Steve - well done

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Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 9:27 AM

really lovely shots, there could be a caption to this pair

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redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 10:07 PM

Two great images Steve.
Martin

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