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Cats, are definitely not my favorite animal. I thought I’d just put that out there from the start, so the challenge was in photographing a subject I dislike and have no access to, well unless I trapped my neighbors cat that poops in my back yard. (however we haven’t had any mice in over 10 years so it’s somewhat forgivable)
Maybe I should clarify my statement I don’t like “Domesticated Cats”, large and wild cats on the other hand are off the hook cool!
And unlike the annoying little backyard poop machine access to these large predators is actually real easy, (in the off season) it only costs $9! I ran up to our awesome Hogle Zoo and headed straight for the Tiger (we used to have four now we have one, I can only presume the others have been sent to other zoos for breeding)
When I got there the big guy was resting, and I had him all to myself, so I slapped on the 70-300mm and started snapping away and apparently the sound of my shutter really pissed him off, because he walked straight towards me and stared my down for a second before he started bellowing! If you’ve never heard an Amur (Siberian) Tiger bellow/grunt it’s loud and very intimidating, and echoes through the entire zoo. Tigers do not “meow” And I love that about them.
Here are a few more shots of the big guy.
Hogle Zoo also has a beautiful Snow Leopard (who hid from me so I didn’t get any shots of it) and two Siberian Lynx.
Here is Dmitri the Amur Leopard rumor has it he’ll be getting a girlfriend soon.
He was really tough to shoot since the fencing is farther away and doesn’t blur away as well as the tiger’s enclosure, not to mention he was pacing like crazy and the enclosure was mostly in shadow with just one small section in direct sunlight. When you can’t beat the fence embrace it! (Or use really fast glass which sadly I do not have)