I finally got round to editing some more of my big cat images so it is back to WHF for some Savage SundayShots (can't beat a bit of alliteration)!
A Black Jaguar this time and of all the big cats seen that day, the Jaguars were undoubtedly the scariest. An American big cat, the jaguar is largely a solitary, opportunistic, stalk-and-ambush predator at the top of the food chain. It is a keystone species, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of the animals it hunts. 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. For a demo see here -
Quite a tricky subject to photograph a) because she never stopped moving b) because she exuded attitude and c) because of the very dark fur. Though known as the black jaguar they are not evenly jet black and if you look closely you can see the spotted markings. I have tried to give you a variety of shots here including V2 which contains an extremely subtle self portrait. Sorry that 6 & 10 and 4 & 9 are so similar. They are in fact different shots, but Athena hasn't been to photographic modelling school yet and has a limited range of poses! Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy some of them.