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Felis Catus – a dedication to Callie de Wet:

As my possibility for taking pics. of the wild animals is a little more limited than they seems to be for Callie – my story will be more in this way:

Felis Catus is widely spread all over the world. This specimen – a Persian Blue - is known to be around my neighbourhood and it was for me a challenge to capture a pic. of this beast. The normal length of this variant is app. 30-40 cm and the weight around 8-12 pounds.

One afternooen after parking my car in the garage I changed to my olive green combat outfit and started the hunt around the estate. It covers app. 1000 sq.m. and is combined of green flats, trees and some minor hills. As I already for many years ago sold out my semiautomate Nikon FE with the 400mm tele and 2X teleconverter I had to trust my Nikon885 with the standard 35mm lens. This alone made this expedition to a great challenge, as I had to be prepared to crawl right up to the nose of the Felis to activate the macro function.

With some luck I found the Felis in a relaxed mood not far from the house probably in a state where hunger was just fulfilled. As known the Felis is a predator who contributes to keep a low level of mouse and some times also birds within its hunting fields. As the Felis this afternoon seemed to be less aggressive as they often is know to be, I was able to creep right up to it’s face, making small comforting animal noises in the process. Finally only some 15cm from the beast I took of the lens cap and made ready for the freehand shot. Time was critical and I choose the full automatic adjustment at the camera – no time for organizing shutter, light measuring, activitate and load the blitz etc.

The Felis tried several times with it’s knife sharp claws to capture the lens cap – who hang in a loose strap – but after some time, again took a more relaxed position in which moment I instantly shot this picture of the beast. I have been photo hunting this beast for a long time and it was a great satisfaction to have this shot of the little predator. Even without the optimal condition one could want for this kind of picture I think I had a reasonably good result, especially the difficult working condition taken in consideration.

Supplement info: In these days with many interesting thing discussed on TE, I like to stress that I’m a great admirer of Callies unique animal shots where not only the pics. is of superb quality but also his detailed comments.
I also underline that I am familiar with the TE’s rules where maybe the Felis Catus is a side step. On the other side the picture is launched under the category: Humorous – (which is a serious matter).

Any comment most welcome!

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