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12-05-2016, 05:42 AM   #4756
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typical photos of "cat poses"

but these aren't your normal house cats

Cats In A Tree [Pentax K 5 II + Tamron AF 70 - 300 macro zoom ld 1:2]

- are the leopards "playing" or what ??

(found on our first day in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, We say another set of leopards the next day but only found them in a tree. Very hard to spot, best way was to look for the tail hanging below the limb. I saw one early in the Lake Manyara National Park but it leaped from cover and was across the road in front of us and into the brush so quickly I had no chance with the camera. It was probably less than 50 ' in front of the moving vehicle.)

A Cat Jumping [Pentax K 3 + HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR]

- the leaping cheetah is not attacking, it just changed position from one end to the other

(found in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Ne)

A Cat Stretching [Pentax K 5 II + Tamron AF 70 - 300 macro zoom ld 1:2]

- the cheetah is stretching out (or doing yoga) before starting out on a hunt

(found on our last day in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania, we had see others as well: two resting in the shade on our first day, two adolescents males feeding and then a mother and cub feeding on the second day)

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12-05-2016, 10:48 AM   #4757
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Here's another typical pose of a big cat
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Quick: can you spot a gannet in this picture? If so, you may the skills to be a first class bird-watcher. Scan from a chrome
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Buffalo


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Cape Buffalo literally a few feet below the dining room at the Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge Tanzania

As we sat at the window, my wife noticed an animal moving a few feet below the balcony outside. I didn't see it initially and finally spotted the hindquarters as it passed into thicker brush. I grabbed the camera and ran out but missed the shot. We heard another animal and then saw the cape buffalo.

As I climbed on the stone and leaned over to get the photo, my wife became unhappy with me afraid I would lose my balance and tumble into the brush below. I fired off several frames. This was the best result no pp. It was about 10 feet below,maybe 20 feet out in heavy brush and was moving from our left to the right while it grazed. The brush was very thick and you never saw the complete animal.
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Yes they are amazing at disappearing in the bushes, despite their bulk, Much the same applies to elephants, and when I'm in Kruger Park, that is my greatest fear-and elephant hiding behind a tree.
Baboon in early afternoon light
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Those elephants are even worse when they come down on you from up in a tree.
Went back to a Florida trip and worked up some unused bird images. This fellow was standing still as a swash from a wave came in and the backwash pulled out, and consequently like a kid in the same situation, his feet have been buried by sand, but interestingly, his legs changed the deposition flow of the backwash creating a trail of finer sand.

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This red-shouldered hawk is a little wind blown.
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Before posting another Florida bird, here's a Florida manatee.
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young and older hyneas
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Blue-wing teal,although the blue isn't visible here.
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Avocet - dainty-looking shorebird.
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A bird which is not, under any meaning of the word, dainty
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