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Close Encounter

By SteveMoulding    
I had a most beautiful experience yesterday on my birthday. A close encounter with this male Cheetah. An absolutely gorgeous cat. He gave me the honour of getting close to him and he sat beside me while I stroked him gently on the head, neck and cheek. And he PURRED loudly whilst I touched him. It was the best birthday present ever.
Thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads, every single one is read and appreciated very miuch, Thanks. Sorry I didn't get around to voting yesterday. I was out from dawn til late, fortunately with my camera. I will endeavor to catch up on all your new pics today and tomorrow.

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: GT_Steel, jack33, barbarahirst and 36 more

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jack33 11 53 England
1 Apr 2009 10:37AM
What a great birthday present,its a nice shot. I like the frame tight around the head too.

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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 10:38AM
Happy birthday for yesterday
I think that shot is wonderful
What an animal
And lucky you!!
motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 10:45AM
WOW, what an amazing close-up.
Steve_S Plus
14 181 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 1:00PM
Great capture Steve, nice crop
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
1 Apr 2009 1:41PM
A great image and what a nice experience, you share your birthday with my son. - gary
jayjay52 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 2:25PM
What a great way to celebrate your birthday. I am reeeeeaaaally envious!!! Happy birthday for yesterday!
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
1 Apr 2009 3:18PM
Happy belated Birthday! What a wonderful present, one to remember for sure...Great shot of this beautiful cheetah. Lovely close crop.....Sandy
SteveMoulding 10 3 7 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 4:16PM
Thanks for your good wishes and comments everyone.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
1 Apr 2009 4:56PM
Lucky you, a marvelous capture, such a beautiful cat.
Mikelane 12 1 Wales
1 Apr 2009 5:08PM
Excellent capture ,good detail well done regards
Ayelet_A 11 11 3 Israel
1 Apr 2009 5:21PM
Happy birthday Grin

Wonderful shot - great crop and details. I'd suggest trying to brighten the eye a little in PS to reveal more details, hope you don't mind Smile

iancam 11 23 England
1 Apr 2009 5:44PM
Happy Birthday for yesterday Steve, What a fantastic experience.

Excellent shot and detail
Clayey 11 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 6:12PM
Very very brave man, are your hands still there? Thanks for the comments on my own picture, looking at your portfolio I can see you have the same likes in photography as I do & I will add you to my favourites so I can keep track of what you are shooting. Happy birthday and I hope you have many more. Regards Peter.
shandoor 10 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 6:31PM
Wonderful shot and what a super birthday you had obviously that is so great
janty66 12 3 England
1 Apr 2009 7:45PM
superb shot, like the crop, brilliant detail...
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
1 Apr 2009 10:16PM
Lovely closeup!
whiteswan01 11 13 England
1 Apr 2009 10:54PM
Happy birthday for yesterday was that eagle heights you went to A superb crop
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 11:02PM
great close up wonderful detail love the eye contact
Tigress 11 Scotland
1 Apr 2009 11:11PM
Glad you had a great birthday. I did the very same thing in S Africa- it's a buzz isn't it? They are so huge- but such great purring ! I was alone with two adults and then 5 cubs- that was a challenge ! ( 5 running at you at once ! Fabulous !)
Great shot of a cheetah- love the lines- they say they use them as "sights" to view prey
lyntonB 12 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2009 12:56AM
Super shot, nice detail and composition.

2 Apr 2009 8:31AM
Great close up,
JPT 10 5
2 Apr 2009 9:41AM
Great picture, Jim.
Roly 12 Wales
2 Apr 2009 7:40PM
Philip_P 14 71 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2009 9:38AM
Great shot Steve & what a wonderful birthday present.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2009 10:04AM
wow wonderful
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
3 Apr 2009 10:05AM
I see you share your birthday with Iancam and I missed his too, lovely shot Steve, must have been a wonderful experience,
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
5 Apr 2009 11:20AM
great close up. All the best for your birthday.
poppy59 10 United States
10 Apr 2009 11:44AM
Steve, This is a beautiful shot of this cheetah. Just a great job. Have a wonderful day. Bill

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