Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Land Mammals Category) - Family - Felidae - Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Leopard, Cougar, Cheetah, Lynxes, Ocelot, Scottish Wild Cat

This challenge closed about 6 years ago.

The Challenge

The 13th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of TIGER, LION, JAGUAR, LEOPARD, COUGAR, CHEETAH, LYNX, OCELOT, SCOTTISH WILD CAT.

NO ZOO OR CAPTIVE ANIMALS

Interesting Facts

> There are 41 known species of felids in the world today, which have all descended from the same ancestor.

> Felids are purely carnivorous animals, subsisting almost entirely on other vertebrates.

> Aside from the lion and Cheetah, wild felids are generally solitary.

> Felids are generally secretive animals, and are often nocturnal, and live in relatively inaccessible habitats. Around three-quarters of cat species live in forested terrain, and they are generally agile climbers. However, felids may be found in almost any environment, with some species being native to mountainous terrain or deserts.

> The various species of felids vary greatly in size. One of the smallest is the Black-footed Cat, measuring 35 to 40 centimetres (14 to 16 in) long, while the largest in the wild is the tiger, which can attain up to 350 centimetres (11.5 ft) in length and weigh 300 kilograms (660 lb).

> The tongue of felids is covered with horny papillae, which help to rasp meat from their prey.

> All felids have retractable claws, although in a few species, such as the cheetah, the claws remain visible even when retracted. The claws are retracted when the animal is relaxed. They are attached to the terminal bone of the toe with a tough ligament; when the animal contracts muscles in the toe to straighten it, the ligament forces the claw outwards. Cats have five toes on their forefeet and four on their hindfeet, reflecting their reliance on gripping and holding down their prey with their claws.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

PLEASE ADD YOUR IMAGE TO THE GROUP, IMAGES THAT ARE NOT ADDED TO THE GROUP WILL RISK NOT BEING FEATURED IF YOU WIN

Cover Image: Lion Baby with Mother by Henry Jager

Completed

The Top Ten

Lion Baby with Mother by Henry Jager

Lion Baby with Mother by Henry Jager was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 7 votes.

  • The King by David  Preston
  • Like a pussycat... by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
  • Curiosity on two small feet by Owed To Nature
  • Young King by naturalnomad
  • Lie back and think of cheetahs by Anthony Brewer
  • Jaguar in Half-light by Diego Re
  • The meeting by Alan Mattison
  • Lowly Leopard Loitering!! by mrsjaques
  • Looking into your soul by Lynda Harris

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