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Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)

By AnnChown  
One of the many images taken yesterday at the WHF in Kent in the company of fellow epzers Lillian, Val, Bob, Moira and Elaine.
The fishing cat lives throughout southern and south east Asian, the Himalayas in Nepal and is scattered throughout India. It attracts fish by lightly tapping the water's surface with its paw mimicking insect movements. The young reach adult size at less than 1 year of age, but little is known about the details of their reproductive or social behaviour in the wild. They are threatened in the wild by habitat loss and by hunting for food and their fur. When swimming, the fishing cat uses its short flattened tail like a rudder. They are one of only four cats which cannot retract its claws, along with cheetahs, flat headed and Iriomote cats.
Thanks for looking and for your time. Comments and criticisms are very welcome. The image is very noisy (although it's been through the denoiser) as it was shot at ISO 6400 (should I have denoised it a bit more?).
A big thank you to Moira Mrswoolybill for her UA for The wooden cross!

Tags: Cat Whf Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Fishing Cat

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Comments


debu 6 India
1 Nov 2012 10:24AM
Superbly captured,well done!
debu

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nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
1 Nov 2012 10:26AM
Super timing and capture, Ann!
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
1 Nov 2012 10:34AM
A fantastic image, Ann, I feel as though the cat is going to leap out of the screen at me at any minute Grin Carol
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 10:42AM
Superb shot Ann, excellent dof, superb detail and tones, I love the pose, excellent timing too SmileSmileSmile

Hugh
AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 10:42AM
Just love this image Ann...the eyes say it all! Ann.
1 Nov 2012 10:43AM
Some nice detail in this one Ann, love the eye contact,
Fred.
I'm glad I'm not a fish Ann, these eyes are set on something and if you were a fish you might well be a goner.

Superb details and crisp eyes. Grand work.

Dougie
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
1 Nov 2012 10:48AM
This is fantastic,Ann,like the detail and colour in this fine capture,
opsss the eyes contact is amazing too,very well done,
saeid
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 10:58AM
Such intensity in those eyes- a superb image Ann.
Interesting narrative - I don't know much about wildlife.
KateGrinGrinGrin
1 Nov 2012 11:01AM
The concentration on the face is priceless............nice angle also.........GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 11:03AM
This is new to me, Ann.......a fishing cat....how clever, and what a wonderful shot, head on, those eyes taking in everything.
Ronnie.
1 Nov 2012 11:09AM
very fine capture Ann great eye contact

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
6 424 3 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 11:40AM
A wonderful capture Ann
Carole
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 11:58AM
belting detail ann wonderful colour and tones a cracker nice one Wink
andy
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
1 Nov 2012 12:05PM
superb POV and edifying description (thanks)
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
1 Nov 2012 12:36PM
Superb image Ann.

Ken
Ayoob 5 Australia
1 Nov 2012 12:52PM
Fantastic capture,nicely presented..........Grin
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
1 Nov 2012 12:57PM
A great capture Ann, the eyes are fun of intent
Good details too
Regards Richard
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
1 Nov 2012 12:59PM
A wonderful capture Ann. Ready to pounce.......Sandy
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
1 Nov 2012 1:06PM
The downside of the denoise is it smooths out detail as well. Selective denoise on the background?? (but don't ask me how). Did you mean to use that shutter speed? The positives - it's a beautiful composition and pose, and sharp on the eyes. Lovely image, Ann.

Dave
User_Removed 4 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 1:33PM
Hi Ann, Fantastic photo with huge detail in the eys and face. Must admit when we were walking around these were my favourites. Very well taken on another great day out..
danbrann Plus
12 629 17
1 Nov 2012 1:53PM
Well photographed Ann showing such great facial detail.
lovely photo nice detail like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Seems to be very furious..... nice capture. Deep
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 2:27PM
Wonderful image that shows the cat's true predatory nature.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
1 Nov 2012 2:43PM

Quote:The downside of the denoise is it smooths out detail as well. Selective denoise on the background?? (but don't ask me how). Did you mean to use that shutter speed? The positives - it's a beautiful composition and pose, and sharp on the eyes. Lovely image, Ann.

Dave



I was also curious about the shutter speed Ann unless it was moving very fast! To just use software to remove noise from background, use the program to take noise away on a layer mask, then paint black in just over the cat, that removes the denoise software from just the cat and leaves the background with the noise removed.

Regards

Trev.
ValSaxby Plus
11 145 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 3:28PM
Lovely image Ann - the eye contact is superb. It was a great day yesterday not sure how we are going to follow that one up Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 3:33PM
The shutter speed puzzled me as well. Maybe you were waiting for the pounce but even then 1/1250 seems excessive!
But meanwhile - the important thing is the capture of intense, single-minded concentration. In its heart of hearts, every domestic moggy snoozing by the fire is dreaming of this.
Moira
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
1 Nov 2012 3:35PM
A very intense kitty ann-- love the eye contact!
A lovely image. Thanks for the write-up.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 4:37PM
Thanks everybody for your comments about the shutter speed - obviously it's too fast and my ISO too high. I guess it's down to inexperience and the fact that I don't normally 'do' wildlife. I usually shoot manually and check each shot, but shooting in aperture priority it's a different matter, and I think I simply forgot. We were moving from enclosure to enclosure with different lighting conditions in all, and this was the last one - I should have been more aware. Ooops! Smile
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 4:55PM
Don't think there's much of complain about as this is a really arresting image. Those eyes are amazing and the headshot stunning.

Ann
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 5:09PM
All that said Ann, it's a magnificent image, clear sharp eyes, the focal point of any wildlife shot!
With eyes like those I could follow it anywhere. so clear and sharp nice shot.

John
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3554 Canada
1 Nov 2012 5:51PM
Isnt it odd that there are Catfish, and Fishing Cats!

This is a very good shot. The noise in the background is not at all bad. I downloaded this, and what I can say is that the white balance is a little cool, looks better a little warmer, and the cats face ONLY can be sharpened, as it lost a little from the noise reduction software. But wish I had taken the shot, or had the opportunity. I would be a lady for the day and tag along!



regards


Willie
1 Nov 2012 5:54PM
Wonderful Eyes captured here Ann, and very well placed in the Frame.
Glad you had a smashing Day.

John Smile
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 6:53PM
Thanks for your feedback Willie!
Quote:Isnt it odd that there are Catfish, and Fishing Cats!

This is a very good shot. The noise in the background is not at all bad. I downloaded this, and what I can say is that the white balance is a little cool, looks better a little warmer, and the cats face ONLY can be sharpened, as it lost a little from the noise reduction software. But wish I had taken the shot, or had the opportunity. I would be a lady for the day and tag along!



regards


Willie

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 7:20PM
Sounds a clever cat this one Ann !!
Good eye contact.
Good shot.
Mick.
1 Nov 2012 9:06PM
Looks great to me and the noise isn't really an issue on screen.
Alun
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
1 Nov 2012 9:11PM
Great intense look in those eyes Ann.
Downside for me are the blue stripes in the cat - you could really warm this right up and then knock the saturation back - or go into curves and adjust the blue channel. It is noisy - you could have made a small feathered selection around the cats head for sharpening its quicker than layer masks - bg's rarely need sharpening though.Smile
Brian.
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 9:14PM
You have really caught a great look here Ann. if you hadn't mentioned the noise I honestly wouldn't have realized.
Derek
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 9:21PM
Ann,
OK so you forgot the ISO, but it was getting dark, and we were all exhausted and 'very happy' and these Fishing Cats were a bonus fron the lovely Andy!!
You have a great shot and I fully agree here with Willie..would be proud also to call it mine!
well done
lillian
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
2 Nov 2012 8:37AM
Piercing eyes of this cat Anne, almost hypnotic. In answer to your question regarding South Luangwa, it was not ( our second week was there ) This individual was taken on Busanga plains, he had a brother too !!
Ron.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
2 Nov 2012 2:18PM
You have managed to capture his intensity and power beautifully, regardless of the iso or shutterspeed...well done!
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 9:01PM
That concentration is intense. Great pov too.Smile
3 Nov 2012 1:47PM
Lovely image! Smile ..hope to see you on my pictures Wink
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 8:10AM
You have caught the expression wonderfully Ann - like others I dont think the noise is much of a problem.
Jason
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 7:39AM
A great Face on image...
Eyes sharp...
That the main feature...
DOF I think is spot on...
B/G is well thrown out so you can not see if it in a cage or in the wild...
Great work...

Dave
Misty56 8 22 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 12:01AM
this is a stunner, he looks like he is going to pance at you, end to a wonderful day
30 Jan 2013 11:33AM
Wicked

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