Flehmen response

Posted by Steve Kaluski on Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:54 am

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Continuing with Tigers.

This was taken when two young cubs emerged from the thicket, his sister scented the bushes prior, he then followed to sniff the leaves, then turn to us and gave the Flehmen response, - 'in which an animal curls back its upper lip exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed, and then often holds this position for several seconds'.

Thanks to those who viewed or commented on the previous posting.


Subject: Tiger (Panthera tigris) illustrating the Flehmen response
Location: Ranthambore, India
Camera: Canon 1DX MKII
Lens: 100-400 f/4.5 MKII
Exposure: 1/1600s at f/5.6 ISO8000
Original format: Landscape, slight crop from the top and RHS
Processed via: LRCC Classic & PSCC2019

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by Carol Clarke on Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:49 pm
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The allure of pheromones, caught on the tongue and drawn back into the mouth for closer analysis - a nice illustration of this classic behaviour, Steve!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:33 pm
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Terrific illustration of this behavior- quite an unusual capture, I imagine.
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by Cindy Marple on Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:54 pm
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Wow this is quite the capture if this behavior. Love the eye contact, wrinkled face/nose, and the big tongue sticking out. Nicely composed.

by Arindam Bhattacharya on Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:03 pm
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Stunning capture of Flehmen response. Beautiful.

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