Tim Melling – Puma

Tim writes: It is an amazing experience making eye contact with a wild Puma. This was photographed just outside Torres del Paine National Park in the south of Chile which must be the best place in the world to see these elusive animals. This one was creeping stealthily towards some Guanaco (a South American Camel cousin) when he paused and stared right at us. They feed mainly on Guanaco in this part of the world, and they are constantly on the lookout for Pumas. When they see one they give a whistle, which is only ever given as a Puma alarm. The easiest way to spot a Puma is to look where a herd of alert Guanaco are all looking.

Taken with Nikon D500 and Nikkor 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4x converter at f5.6 ISO 2800 1/1000s


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