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A sort while ago I was out leading a photosafari in the southern part of the Okavango Delta when we had this great sighting. We were having the customary afternoon tea before heading out for the game

Leopard from Kabini/ Karnataka ....... This guy is named, "The Temple Male" because apparently a lot of times, he is spotted asleep on top of an old ruined temple in Zone A.

It's been a few years since I posted any Leopard Show us your, so here are a few from more recent trips to SLNP & Ruaha.   Big kitty rollover SLNP- Zambia   Camera Nikon D4S Lens AF-S VR Nik

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Lebala, October 2011

 

Young leopard

 

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and its mother.

 

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pomkiwi

Catching flies.

 

Sabi Sands, September 2015.

 

Nikon D7100, 80-400mm @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec ISO 3200

 

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The same leopard a little more relaxed!

 

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madaboutcheetah

Mike, I have a hunch that female Leopard is "Jane" ............ the mum with the cubs this season that traverses both Lebala/ Selinda. She had the den at Selinda and is now spending a lot of time at Lebala.

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Is Jane the female with three young cubs that you saw at Selinda a few months ago? If so, I do think that it's neither of the two females of my last post.

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Kwara, October 2006

 

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The same leopardess in October 2009

 

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@@Bush dog especially love the last two in your last post - stunning!

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@@Bush dog - Lovely images and fond memories of a wonderful Leopard. In Jan 2008, she picked off an impala in front of us while we were having a cup of coffee at LK prior to going out on drive.

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Masai Mara, May 2012

 

Bahati

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theplainswanderer

The moment Id longed for!

 

With two previous safari trips to Africa I was hopeful of finally spotting a leopard and more so getting a photograph. Our safari started in the greater Kruger in an area renowned for leopard - over 5 days we searched and yes I did see two fleeting glimpses of a leopard but on each occasion they dissappeared into the bush allowing short and distant views. Whilst I was thrilled to have finally seen a leopard I was still hoping to see one close and take images. After our great time in South Africa we boarded a plane for Windhoek and our 21/2 weeks in Namibia - mainly self driving.

 

Well on our first day into Etosha right near the Von Linquist gate there they were - two superb leopards - I managed a few phots of this magnificent animal before he slinked away! Thrilled as i was i had no idea that there was so many more leopard sighings to come and we encountered 7 different leopards during our time in Namibia which I will post progressively.

 

Etosha was truly spectacular and we saw so much great wildlife - but to finally see not just one but a number of leopard sightings was just fabulous - hope to post a number of animal and bird images from our trip and also some reviews in coming weeks.

 

David Taylor

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As we approached a dip in the road to cross a sandy creek bed on the drive out from Okanjima, Namibia I did what habitually as a bird lover I always do - scan right and left along the creek or creek bed. As I turned to look down the creek bed I could hardly believe my eyes - there sitting in the sand was a magnificent leopard. What followed was a wonderful half hour - just my wife and I watching this amazing animal - he crossed the road and settled on the other side ... no other vehicle came by and it was an experience we will never forget - heres a few of the images I captured

 

 

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xelas

And in Namibia! That is just once-in-a-lifetime sighting you two have had. Fabulous, and same great photos !! Lucky You are!

 

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a leopard sighting?
My friends all have them, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a leopard sighting? (*)

 

(*) courtesy of Janis Joplin, slightly adapted, might work on my next trip :)

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Love your lament xelas - its worth the wait - they are such magnificent animals to see wild - do hope on your next trip you get your leopard!

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offshorebirder

Super stuff @@theplainswanderer!

 

All the better that you found it and spotted it all on your own. And then were able to enjoy it alone - wow.

 

What a fine gentleman he was!

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We enjoyed a couple of lovely leopard sightings at Mashatu (Don't start on me! I said the guides were great. My gripe was with the management)

 

We found this gorgeous female emerging from cover in a dry river bed and followed her.

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As soon as she got to the top of the river bank it was clear she had spotted something

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and she began moving very stealthily

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She hid herself in a small thicket.

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It was only after she had been there a couple of minutes that we managed to see what she had got her eyes on. A steenbuck, sheltering from the wind.

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we settled in to watch, even though the distance between the leopard and the steenbuck was about 50 metres and she had little chance of success unless the steenbuck blundered towards her

 

The steenbuck had no idea she was there until a couple of Meve's Starlings settled on the branch above her and began squawking.

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she was not pleased.

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By the time she'd finished giving the starling the evil eye, the steenbuck had disappeared.

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Here's another shot that combines the manual focus Canon 300mm f4, the broken FD-FX adapter, and a Fuji X-T1. This was at Kwando Lagoon, November 2015

 

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madaboutcheetah

@@Swazicar - I think I saw her in September/October 2015 - She was injured i think

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@@Swazicar - I think I saw her in September/October 2015 - She was injured i think

 

 

@@madaboutcheetah If she's the same cat, she didn't appear (to me) to be injured when we saw her (which was getting into late-ish November, so perhaps she had healed). We followed her for (what I thought was) too long; she was off the beaten path and our guide sort of got stuck having to wait for a vehicle that was coming from Lebala (where apparently it was a slow morning), but which got lost on the way. Anyway, we were with her for quite a while.

 

-tom a.

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That's her (I think)

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That looks almost certainly like the same leopard -

 

These pics were roughly less than half a KM from Lagoon camp itself.

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Not sure this BW works? ....... This one from Lebala.

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