Big Cat Diary in Spain

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Imagine getting paid to photograph these fantastic cats. Like the rest of us mere mortals I don’t get paid to photograph them but I did get to see them everyday for the past week and could have sat and watched them all day.

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The lion King of Beasts always looks regal when he decides to sit up and cast his eye over his land. Sadly this chap doesn’t have much land to look over however I suppose he doesn’t have to worry about predators with rifles hunting him down.

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I pretty much had him to myself whenever I went to see him. Most days he would simply be sleeping in the hot sun as cats do.
I decided to sit with him and see if he’d pop his head up to see if I could get the money shot, face straight on with eyes locked on me.
Once he decided it was time to poke his head out from the grass his gaze followed me wherever I walked, too hot for him to walk out for a close up shop though.
Below is the money shot, my crack at the greatest photograph of a lion ever!

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A photograph I’m pretty happy with. Originally I wasn’t going to take a camera on this trip as it was going to be relaxing by the pool for a week. Thankfully I did or there would be no close up shots of these beautiful cats without my trusty old zoom lens.

Everybody Wants To Pass As Cats

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A couple of shots from the Fuengirola Bioparc of its resident leopard. When this pussy cat came towards the glass you could feel it looking right at you.

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Bit of a scorcher when we were there, most of the animal were seeking a bit of shade to chill out in.

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Leopard facts: They move fast around 36 miles per hour, they can leap over 20 foot and they can jump 10 foot. If it’s after you the chances are it’s gonna get you.

One of the good things about the Costa Del Sol that you can jump on the train anywhere from Malaga down to Fuengirola for less than a tenner. Fuengirola is the last stop and when you come out the station keep walking forward and you’ll come to the finest little zoological experience you can get.

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Gucci my cat

Not been out with the cameras for a wee while so here’s one I grabbed of our cat Gucci at the weekend, probably the best photo I’ve got of any of our cats.

This fellow we rescued from the Cats Protection he came with the name and a blanket. He’s a bit of a softy and nowhere near the levels of murder that his predecessor Maverick was capable of. Guch considers a leaf to be a decent present to leave on the front step which I suppose is a lot nicer than a broken necked pigeon!

The Stalking Tiger

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Fuengirola Bioparc and the tiger enclosure. This photo looked pretty good on the back of the camera, unfortunately the full screen version was a bit dull and colourless through the glass of the enclosure. I’ve gave it a wee tweak and a run through the old Nik Collection to try and bring the colours out a bit more.

Would have been good to see it running straight at the glass but it clearly wasn’t in the mood for performance on that day.
Oh and a monkey too.

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The cat and friends

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“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”

Quite like this photograph of this fine looking leopard. Probably about a foot away from me although we were separated by a fairly sturdy piece of glass.

Pressed publish instead of preview so might add to this one later.

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Quite possibly one of the finest zoos you can visit, if you’re ever in the Fuengirola area check out the Bio Park and take a walk around the lemurs.

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The animals are winding me up

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Going through the old files and having a play around with some shots from our trip to Fuengirola at the start of this year. The Biopark is without a doubt the finest zoo I’ve ever been in.
More to follow in this post as I edit and upload.

Photograph below is by wee mini Blogger Photography Kai my number one daughter.
This little lemur was mesmerized by it’s reflection in her sunglasses and stood staring into her eyes for what seemed like ages. It would have made a cracking photo of the both of them looking at each other but unfortunately I was too slow and it leaped over her head and off to join his buddies.

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