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Serval

By ColleenA
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Comments


26 Aug 2013 6:11AM
Great shots, I like V1 best, but only by a whisker!

Lavina

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26 Aug 2013 6:13AM
Both images are excellent wild life studies.
26 Aug 2013 6:21AM
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 Plus
9 192 18 Greece
26 Aug 2013 6:23AM
Two wonderful captures, Colleen, I like V.2 very much, showing off her beautiful coat so well. Carol
26 Aug 2013 6:33AM
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.
26 Aug 2013 7:28AM
Superb images - a lovely coat in V2. You have some amazing images Colleen. Smile

Carol
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 7:58AM
wonderful detail and colour colleen v2 for me today love the comp a belter nice one Wink
andy
What luck and what a treat.

P.
26 Aug 2013 8:33AM
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 Plus
7 310 1 England
26 Aug 2013 8:37AM
Grand capture Colleen!! Great to see them in the wild!!
widtink Plus
3 406 2 Scotland
26 Aug 2013 8:40AM
Beautiful image Colleen , what a fantastic animal SmileSmile

Rod
26 Aug 2013 8:52AM
Two beauties of this alert feline, Colleen!

Richard
26 Aug 2013 8:54AM
Beautiful markings.......only ever seen a Serval in captivity..........GrinGrin
scrimmy Plus
7 388 5 Scotland
26 Aug 2013 9:17AM
puts our house moggie to shame Smile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
26 Aug 2013 9:19AM
Excellent find, Colleen, and well captured in that light.

Dave
NDODS Plus
5 4.8k 125 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 9:34AM
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
26 Aug 2013 10:11AM
A perfect timed shot.
Irishkate Plus
5 33 91 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 10:12AM
A wonderful wildlife lesson as I don't know much about Servals
I love that rear view in V2.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 10:16AM
2 excellent images Colleen, great looking animal, V2 he so alert, interesting introSmile

Cliff
Tish1 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 10:35AM
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 12 16 England
26 Aug 2013 12:08PM
Wonderful capture Colleen and you have handled the conditions very well.

John
26 Aug 2013 12:21PM
Superb shots.
debu
mikbee Plus
8 3 8 Scotland
26 Aug 2013 12:27PM
A new cat for me Colleen !!
Good shots.
Mick.
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
26 Aug 2013 1:41PM
Wonderful pictures of these cats in the wild-- enjoyed!
EMJAYCEE Plus
6 9 10 England
26 Aug 2013 2:55PM
Two excellent captures Colleen.
Shame how the cricket finished which ever team you were supporting.Sad
Joan.
well captured colleen.ray
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 4:04PM
Such a majestic cat Colleen, and so lucky to see in their natural environment
Lillian
26 Aug 2013 5:23PM
Really lovely shots
Ju
Wow - lucky you, have only ever seen Servals when it is too dark to take a photo. Lovely to see this.
ali63 Plus
4 733 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 8:43PM
Wonderful captures,

Ali SmileSmile
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
26 Aug 2013 9:59PM
Two fine shots of this long limbed and beautifully marked feline
26 Aug 2013 10:08PM
Two lovely shots Colleen and love the write up. Cathy
27 Aug 2013 3:37PM
great expression captured in V1 Colleen (think I have caught up )

Graham
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 5:15PM
I'm not sure if I have seen one of these, nice one!Grin
Ryan
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
4 Sep 2013 10:20PM
beautiful cat, love how wel you have shown the graceful shape and the little sidelamps really stand out.

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