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One of the few Bengal Tiger shots I have taken that I really like. As in most of my animal photography the eyes are central in capturing the essence of the moment.

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is a member of the Felidae family; the largest of the four “big cats” in the genus Panthera. Native to much of eastern and southern Asia, the tiger is an apex predator and an obligate carnivore. Reaching up to 4 metres (13 ft) in total length and weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), the larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids. Aside from their great bulk and power, their most recognizable feature is the pattern of dark vertical stripes that overlays near-white to reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts. The most numerous tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger while the largest subspecies is the Siberian tiger.

Highly adaptable, tigers range from the Siberian taiga, to open grasslands, to tropical mangrove swamps. They are territorial and generally solitary animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey demands. This, coupled with the fact that they are endemic to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. Of the nine subspecies of modern tiger, three are extinct and the remaining six are classified as endangered, some critically so. The primary direct causes are habitat destruction and fragmentation, and hunting. Their historical range, which once reached from Mesopotamia and the Caucasus through most of South and East Asia, has been radically reduced. While all surviving species are under formal protection, poaching, habitat destruction and inbreeding depression continue to be threats.

Nonetheless, tigers are among the most recognizable and popular of the world’s charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. Tigers appear on many flags and coats of arms, as mascots for sporting teams, and as the national animal of several Asian nations.

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    astonishing capture! love him looking over those precisely placed paws.. remarkably composed

  • thanks my friend!

    – Dennis Stewart

  • cdudak
    cdudakover 5 years ago

    Awesome love the look in the eyes….Kay

  • Thank you cdudak:) – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • DanielTMiller
    DanielTMillerover 5 years ago

    Great shot, beautiful eyes.

  • From one nature photographer to another…thank you my friend. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Dennis!!

  • thank you Marvin! – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asherover 5 years ago

    Great eye contact, well done.

  • Thank you Jason, and thanks for stopping by. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • anna mark
    anna markover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot :)

  • Thank you so much for commenting. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 5 years ago

    Nice Kitty-Cat – great capture :o))

  • Thanks bdazz…Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    such a fabulous image, stunning colours,dawnx

  • Thanks Dawn, much appreciated. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 5 years ago

    Lovely,cute pose!!

  • Thank you Sir Lance:) – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 5 years ago


  • wow is good! Thank you for commenting. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

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