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The Big Cat Sanctuary: Fishing Cat

So, I've decided to upload my Big Cat photos in stages - one species at a time! I took around a thousand photos and whittled it down to 114 that I like (and hope to put into one of those cool photo books you can make). I took my pocket rocket (my Canon Powershot SX260) and also the Lumix bridge camera that was a much appreciated hand me down from my future brother-in-law. :)

The Lumix was actually my back up, as it performed pretty badly at BirdWorld (all my photos there were taken on my Powershot) and I was really wary of it after using it at the SESHA show - when I got home from that event, I found that a lot of photos which I thought were fine on the viewer were actually slightly blurry or out of focus. So I was really paranoid about ending up with unexpectedly bad shots.

The battery on my Powershot died by lunch time, however, so I had to switch to the Lumix. And I'm glad I did! The guide was helping us all get the best from our cameras, and although I found it tricky at times I think I got some nice shots with it. I'd glanced through my morning photos during lunch, and had been really disappointed because they didn't look as good as I'd thought at the time; I started feeling really down about it. But then I overheard the guide telling someone that, on average, people on this course would take a few thousand photos and only have seven or eight really good ones - or just one good photo, if they were picky. And that was normal and totally oki. So I brightened up a bit, because I figured getting just one shot I was happy with was totally doable. :)

So anyway, these are my Fishing Cat pictures, taken with the Lumix. I want to stress that I don't think all of these are wonderful; I chose these ones because there were things I liked about them and that made me happy. I'm not trying to pretend I'm a Proper Photographer Person. As for the watermarks - I feel a bit pretentious using them, but our guide strongly recommended that we mark all images before putting them online. Something to do with a proposed bill that means all photos without a watermark that are found on the internet are free to use. And I have had pictures stolen and sold before, so ... no harm in taking precautions, I guess.

D'oh! I love his pose here, but I managed to get sun glare or something in the corner and didn't realise until I'd viewed the image on the computer. I guess I could edit it out if I knew anything about photo editing, but I'm not really that bothered about it.

Fishing Cat

He was really hard to get close-ups of (as you see more of my images, you will realise that headshots are kind of my thing), because he kept darting up to the log and then darting away again. My Lumix isn't very fast and I don't have multiple shots, so I had to prepare meter readings then snap quickly!

Fishing Cat

Again, I could probably fix the white balance of the log in the foreground if I could be arsed. But I like his little face. :)

Fishing Cat

I think I shared this one earlier...

Fishing Cat

Ha! Obligatory arty shot. I focused on the wrong thing and I was going to throw this image away, which I was gutted about, because I really like his pose ... but then I thought that, maybe, it does kind of work. So I kept it.

Fishing Cat

Another head shot.

Fishing Cat

See how sleek and otter-like he is!

Fishing Cat

Oh look, another head shot. Also: otter face!

Fishing Cat

Ha! Now, the next few I'm not sure about - I sort of feel like I ought to crop them in tighter, that there's too much space around the subject, but at the same time I rather like the feel of it. So I'll keep them how they are for now.

Fishing Cat

He's so fierce and little. <3 I much prefer the smaller wild cats over the big ones.

Fishing Cat

Little hunter!

Fishing Cat

I love his pose; the carefully contained strength in his muscles, the intent in his eyes. Cats are so cool.

Fishing Cat

Fishing Cats can sit with their bums in the pond. They don't care. :P

Fishing Cat


The Fishing Cat is found in Southern Asia, and is listed as endangered. They have slightly webbed toes and can swim underwater, using their tails as a rudder! They eat fish (obviously), birds, small mammals ... and also snails and snakes. Despite their diminutive size, they are strong enough to take down larger prey, like calves and dogs! Man, these cats are just badass! In the water, they hunt by tapping the surface so that the fish thinks there's a tasty insect that's fallen in. 

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purseaficionado
Jun. 27th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
I love his otter face :-) he looks like he's about to bolt off somewhere!
And I don't blame you at all for watermarking, especially of you put them other places like forums or submit to sites, which if you're not you definitely should! Always wonderful shots.
clevortrevor
Jun. 27th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
I love him!
maggies_lens
Jun. 27th, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
Well, this post made me every sort of happy. Beautiful shots, do NOT sell yourself short. Like you, I also prefer the small wild cats. There's something just truly awesome about them. Very much looking forward to seeing the rest!
meri_sielu
Jun. 27th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
He is gorgeous! Great thoughts Sari :)
re_vised
Jun. 27th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
He does look like an otter! How interesting.

I really like your artsy shot - I'm glad you kept it. :)
kismythi
Jun. 27th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Tease, breaking it up into several posts. How will I ever wait?!? Looking forward to seeing the other posts <3

I love these pics - The cat is adorable! You can definitely see an Otter like connection.
mystereos
Jun. 27th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
He's just beautiful :)

-Bridget
siberian_angel
Jun. 28th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Up until today, I've never even heard of this species. O_o When you posted the teaser the other day, I was looking for a word to properly describe it - and today you helped me out: Otter! That's exactly what I was reminded of when I saw the teaser photo.
Don't worry about the tags. I should have done so once I got into photography more and more, because theft happened to me too. I guess if I ever get back into the saddle (figuratively speaking), I'll tag them again.
And you, my dear, have an excellent eye for photography. Don't hide your light under a bushel.
emaciatedwords
Jul. 9th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Pretty kitty! Lovely shots.
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