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DarkPenguin
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« on: July 24, 2008, 10:05:22 PM »
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Biggest mammal victory over reptiles since the meteor.

http://www.halbrindley.com/photos/leopard-seq/01.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008, 01:24:11 AM »
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Biggest mammal victory over reptiles since the meteor.

http://www.halbrindley.com/photos/leopard-seq/01.html
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Awesome - - great shots - at the end of the lens ?
Simply great.


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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 06:53:23 PM »
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Amazing images.

Cats rule.  Dogs drool.

 
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 10:38:05 AM »
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Those were interesting, but I think the fellow got a little too excited over nothing.

That was a very young croc, about 1/5th as large as they actually get. I can truthfully promise you that said cat would be a light snack for a 25' nile (or saltwater) crocodile.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 10:45:41 PM »
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Great capture for that guy!

I guarantee a leopard with a strong grip like that could have taken down a croc double this size.  Leopards can haul huge animals up into trees.  Their neck, jaw and overall body strength is legendary.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2008, 12:39:44 AM »
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Great capture for that guy!
I guarantee a leopard with a strong grip like that could have taken down a croc double this size.  Leopards can haul huge animals up into trees.  Their neck, jaw and overall body strength is legendary.
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I do agree leopards are amazing animals. However, the largest male leopards only get around 150-200 lb. Leopards typically prey on animals that weigh less than 100 lb. Those "amazing feats" that they occasionally perform involve their climbing up a tree with an impala, which are only around 150-200 lb animals, with a maximum weight-carrying capacity being 3x their weight (450-600 lb).

By contrast, the largest saltwater crocs weigh 2500-3000 lb. and get 20-25' in length. That little thing that Mr. Leopard caught was only around 150 lb and was about a 5' young/juvenile animal.

As previously mentioned, a leopard would be a snack for a full-grown saltwater crocodile.




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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008, 04:42:14 AM »
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Crocs are formidable creatures. But this one obligingly popped his/her head out of the water for a portrait.

Nice smile! Click!

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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2008, 09:29:05 AM »
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Nice smile! Click!

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2008, 10:14:40 PM »
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Of course, when not having their portrait taken, crocs need to eat.

This one has a penchant for pork chops. One has to be carful though, to let go of the chop at the right time.  

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Foot note: In the interests of social responsibility, I'm obliged to spoil the effect of these shots by warning everybody not to try this. There's an element of trick photography here.

I'd also like to dispel any inference that the Chinese might be a bit stupid. They are not.
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2008, 09:29:33 AM »
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I'd also like to dispel any inference that the Chinese might be a bit stupid. They are not.
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And they can move at amazing speeds! Note that from the time the person tosses the pork chop to the time she has backed out of Harm's way (the croc's name is Harmon, I assume), the water ripples haven't changed one iota. And your camera must have been firing at an incredible two frames every microsecond!

Nice shot, Ray.
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And they can move at amazing speeds! Note that from the time the person tosses the pork chop to the time she has backed out of Harm's way (the croc's name is Harmon, I assume), the water ripples haven't changed one iota. And your camera must have been firing at an incredible two frames every microsecond!

Nice shot, Ray.
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Thanks Eric! I see there was no need for me to mention that this is trick photography for your benefit   .
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2008, 04:45:03 PM »
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Thanks Eric! I see there was no need for me to mention that this is trick photography for your benefit   .
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My careful scrutiny of the image was the result of my natural skepticism of anything written or shown by any grumpy old geezer, like you or Rob C or me.

And here's an 'emitocon' just for you:    

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My careful scrutiny of the image was the result of my natural skepticism of anything written or shown by any grumpy old geezer, like you or Rob C or me.

And here's an 'emitocon' just for you:   

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Steady on, old chap! I might be as grumpy as you and Rob, but I'm probably a bit fitter. On my last photographic trip, I clambered down from the top of Australia's highest waterfall to the bottom, along a winding, tortuous track through the rainforest, with camera around neck, lenses in waistcoat and tripod in hand.

At the bottom of the falls I did a lot more clambering over huge boulders, looking for an interesting angle to shoot the falls. This was tricky because a camera around one's neck tends to swing as one climbs over rocks, and a tripod in one hand is a bit of a handicap.

The procedure I adopted was to place tripod and camera on top of any huge boulder I had to negotiate, clamber around the rock, then collect the camera and tripod from the other side, and repeat the process further along. Progress was slow and arduous.

Unfortunately, I made a very silly mistake (that's unusual, isn't it   ) and failed to recognise the opening in the rainforest undergrowth where I had entered this rock-strewn bed at the foot of the waterfall. It was not a well-trodden path I had taken.

I never did find that narrow track. After much wasted effort, I decided to take the longer route entailing more clambering over huge boulders. I finally hit the official track that all tourists take and began the seemingly never-ending climb to the top where my car was parked.

I can tell you, my heart beat took a long time to subside at the end of that day's outing. I might not have got the spectacular photos I was aiming for, but I sure got some good exercise.

Take care of your health, old chap!  
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2008, 10:38:55 PM »
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I'll go right out now and look for some boulders. Having my 5D dangling around my neck sounds a bit risky, however, and it probably does little to improve fitness.

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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2008, 10:46:12 PM »
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I'll go right out now and look for some boulders. Having my 5D dangling around my neck sounds a bit risky, however, and it probably does little to improve fitness.

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In the interests of complete humility, I should add that I made another silly mistake on that trip. I forgot to take my backback when packing the car.
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2008, 11:20:25 PM »
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Those who are antagonistic towards me might think this is yet another example of my straying off-topic.

I think my contribution is still relevant. The original video of the croc/leopard tussle does not appear to be faked. It's a teenager croc and probably manageable by a mature leopard.

Unfortunately, the video stills are very low resolution and for this reason I find my interest is subdued.

However, the point raised about a conflict between a fully grown croc and a fully grown leopard, are of interest. I tend to believe that the leopard would not win in this situation.
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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2008, 11:24:39 AM »
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Crocs are formidable creatures. But this one obligingly popped his/her head out of the water for a portrait.

Nice smile! Click!

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LOL.  Did you get him to sign a model release?  He looks like he's posing for a hollywood headshot.
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