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Taken 3-Feb-15

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Keywords:Big Cat, Jaguar, Nindiri, San Diego Zoo
Photo Info

Dimensions4621 x 3081
Original file size1.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken3-Feb-15 09:32
Date modified7-Feb-15 15:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D Mark II
Focal length133 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/20 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 12800
Metering modePattern
Wild Hides Behind Wide Eyes

Wild Hides Behind Wide Eyes

I’ve taken many shots of Nindiri, the jaguar over the years (since she’s my favorite of all the big cats), but I had never before caught her with her eyes so wide! She makes no secret of the fact that she’s a ferocious jaguar, and seems to feel a certain responsibility to live up to the South American native word for jaguar, yaguara, which means “animal that kills in a single bound”. So, her natural expression tends to be more serious looking, with eyes barely open - the phrase “if looks could kill” comes to mind. But somehow, I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the sweeter side of this wild girl. Maybe she thought she was hiding so well that no one would notice, or perhaps, in true cat-like fashion, she just didn’t care. But my affection for her grew even stronger, seeing this new facet of her personality!