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By howlinstein
This beautiful jaguar suddenly came racing out of the undergrowth and stood up looking at me. It was so close I even managed to get a good shot with my 200mm lens. Unfortunately it's partner was much more shy and refused to come out of the deep undergrowth.

The Jaguar, Panthera onca, is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus. It 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.

The jaguar is a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. However, 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.

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teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
15 Aug 2009 5:22PM
WOW! What a wonderful pose - super detail, light and colours. Grerat capture.

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MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 5:31PM
....terrific shot....Mike
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
15 Aug 2009 6:24PM
Great image

baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 6:36PM
Lovely capture and stance of the leopard.
woollyback 12 50
15 Aug 2009 6:58PM
Superb pose and colours

shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 7:03PM
Wonderful image with super colours and what a pose you got right place right time brilliant
9 10 10 England
15 Aug 2009 8:07PM
Very considerate of him/her to pose for you. A really good capture.
15 Aug 2009 8:29PM
Great picture,
15 Aug 2009 9:19PM
Everything about this photo is soooo soooo good!! Well done Jonathan on a stunning image.
Fantastic capture and lovely colours. Great detail, crisp, clear. well done.

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