March 1, 2013

Jaguar, Ecuador

Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic

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A jaguar on the hunt trips a camera trap at a spot frequented by piglike peccaries, a favorite prey. To the Waorani, one of the native groups in this area, jaguars are ancestral spirits that visit shamans in dreams to tell them where game is plentiful in the forest.

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22 comments
Tatyana Akindinova
Tatyana Akindinova

красавец зверь!Обходит владенья свои.Фото очень привлекательное по цвету и сюжету.


Michael Haas
Michael Haas

great photo...some of the black "drawings" on his fur look like faces. The cameras probably take a lot of pics of other animals, too.

Rob Leslie
Rob Leslie

I don't understand why people are dissing the photographer because he wasn't standing there in a position to be killed by a wild animal. This picture is amazing and I cant imagine it is that easy or cheap to be able to set one of these up properly. Would have taken a great deal of time to get. Very cool.

Cara Cadiz
Cara Cadiz

Amazing photo. Feels like the jaguar is staring into my soul.

pala lechat
pala lechat

As mysterious and solitary as such cats are, can one simply take a photo without an automatic camera? I am grateful to the photographer for capuring such an amazing image, it is truly lovely.

gail paterson
gail paterson

I love photos of any cats big or small but I would rather it be a hand held camera or tri pod as this makes it a more personal photo

David Moser
David Moser

A beautiful creature to be sure, although I would have more impressed if the shot was taken by a human who put in the time, instead of a machine,

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

I do have a soft spot for cats, big and small.
That particular camera must have been strategically positioned to have captured this brilliant image.
Kudos to you, Steve Winter.

Shailesh Sharma
Shailesh Sharma

@David Moser Yes, or may be I would have appreciated the picture more had not I read the photographer's comment. (btw we still call him photographer or trap cam retriever?)

David Moser
David Moser

@Myra Linara the camera WAS strategically put there, but seeing as it has a motion sensor, and flash, the "photographer "really didnt have to do that much

David Moser
David Moser

@Shailesh Sharma @David Moser As I said, if he would have put in the time....for all we know he set the camera and took the evening off to go have coffee and it was pure luck that a Jaguar passed by.  Still you cant deny the beauty of the cat...

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