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So a few of the jaguars of the Pantanal have been collared and are followed by Panthera (I think) by radio telemetry. We did not have the advantage of using that technology to find the cats and in fact their is debate whether they are useful or in fact detrimental. So, I figured a way to remove the collars
From the safety of my computer without using sedative darts I gently de-collared this big boy. You can see the difficulty in photographing these big cats...there is only a small window of opportunity to get shots as it moves from one area of dense foliage to another with a small break, albeit with vines obstructing the view, allowing for decent shooting.
Eric

1 With collar






2 Sans collar






3 Now one with a wee bit better view of a different non collared cat






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Sep 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
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Oh dear...looks like the cat got out again!
Douglas



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They are gorgeous animals. Love the last shot.

Birdie



Sep 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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2 looks like more like sans cat [edit] this wasn't appearing at home, it is at work [/edit] Nice job on the collar removal, he looks a lot better without it.

The first shot is a fantastic example of what you have worked with in getting your jag shots. It aint easy!!!! And it's a testament to your skill and dedication that you do get such great shots.

3 is marvelous

Tim

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Sep 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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Eric, these animals look big! And powerful!

I guess cat radio collars are somewhat analogous to bird banding, and I often wonder if information from banding/tracking is being utilized to it's full potential. In any case, great images, and an appetizer for me! (T-2)

Greg



Sep 12, 2013 at 02:48 PM
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So beautiful big cat, Eric.

- Tam



Sep 12, 2013 at 03:20 PM
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wowzers! Nice set Eric.

Brian



Sep 12, 2013 at 05:04 PM
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Wonderful set, Eric.
Even though I knew better- in the back of my mind I once thought jaguars were pretty much like the western hemisphere's version of leopards.
But your fine images tell otherwise; these are big, super-powerful and very sturdy felines. They don't need to climb trees; there is nothing in their natural world the adults have to fear. Even big anacondas and caimans would likely avoid adult jaguars if given half a chance.
Charlie



Sep 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM
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Eric.

I have found that if you approach them carefully and scratch behind their ears, they will let you do anything you want.
I have removed many tracking collars this way.

Seriously. Nice job. I really like these bigs cat photos.

Al



Sep 12, 2013 at 07:20 PM
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Fine shots Eric. Great de-collaring
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A couple more before






and after...







Sep 12, 2013 at 09:50 PM
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A fine job of editing Eric. Some tagging protocols have been decidedly detrimental for some species. For some reason a study on penguins comes to mind. Cheers!


Sep 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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Another very nice set Eric, and you did well with the collarectomy. 3 is my pick too ~ Ron


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Eric,
Great shots and nice work "removing" the collar. It must have been a thrill to such a magnificent animal!



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Nice work here Eric,

I think you did a really good job removing the collars from these images.

What a superb animal the jaguar is, terrific that you got to see these creatures in the wild and thanks for sharing the experience through your photo's!

Paul.



Sep 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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douter wrote:
Oh dear...looks like the cat got out again!
Douglas

Don't you just hate it when the kids leave the door open
Eric



Sep 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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birdied wrote:
They are gorgeous animals. Love the last shot.

Birdie

Thanks Roberta...impressive specimens...much much larger than I expected and a joy to photograph.
Eric



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Tim Kuhn wrote:
2 looks like more like sans cat [edit] this wasn't appearing at home, it is at work [/edit] Nice job on the collar removal, he looks a lot better without it.

The first shot is a fantastic example of what you have worked with in getting your jag shots. It aint easy!!!! And it's a testament to your skill and dedication that you do get such great shots.

3 is marvelous

Tim

Hehe...I was doing this from my laptop in a place where the wifi sucked and it took forever to see that I had picked the wrong shot...so thanks for coming back once I fixed things up a bit. Your kind words are very much appreciated Tim! I'm happy to see you have time at work at look at FM...I'm sure your boss had no idea....till now
Eric



Sep 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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Plinian wrote:
Eric, these animals look big! And powerful!

I guess cat radio collars are somewhat analogous to bird banding, and I often wonder if information from banding/tracking is being utilized to it's full potential. In any case, great images, and an appetizer for me! (T-2)

Greg

Greg...you must be off today Have an amazing trip and come back with some cracking images. You will, no doubt, have the opportunity to see these guys lounging on the river banks, something that was impossible a few months ago with higher water levels. (That a bit of sunlight will make you shots something quite special I suspect).
Collaring is controversial at best, and certainly, photographically, an eyesore. I wasn't happy that that was my first experience. I was worried all my photos would have cats with collars...but fortunately, he was the only one.
Eric



Sep 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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canon.eos30d wrote:
So beautiful big cat, Eric.

- Tam

Thanks Tam...their size and obvious power is so surprising at first...yes, they are magnificent beasts.
Eric



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