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Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Leopard (Panthera pardus)
BR Hills, Karnataka, 12 August 2007
Camera :  NIKON D200
Shutter-speed :   1/200 sec
Aperture :   f 4
Exposure Mode :   Aperature Priority
ISO :   400
Exposure Compensation :   -0.7 EV
Flash :   No Flash
Focal Length :   400 mm
Although the leopard is known to be the most adaptable and the most widespread of the large felids, its shy and elusive nature keeps it nearly invisible. Its striking coat of yellow with black rosettes varies from tawny, golden hue in common forms to nearly jet black in the rarer melanistic form. Pound by pound, it is one of the strongest big cats, able to kill and haul prey many times its size, up trees.