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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

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

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.

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

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Hari, I hope you don't mind me being frank but not for me. Leopard is kind of lost between the branches who stands out (specially the left one). Also the branch that covers half of the head does not help much. Also a bit more space above the leopard would probably benefit the overall viewing pleasure at this photo

 

Disclaimer: just saw the movie Salt Of The Earth so my judgement is heavily influenced :)

 

 

Why not showing us also the colour version??

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Thank you @@xelas - for the honest feed back and one that i agree with a 100%

 

Overall it's a half attempt at salvaging something - alas i must think it's shabby composition to begin with ........ Will try and post the color version later in the week - it didn't work at all IMHO ;)

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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.

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@@madaboutcheetah Fabulous Hari. Impressive cat, impressive images. I love how the green sets off the yellows.

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Thanks @@Geoff - first of all, I consider myself lucky to live close enough to Kabini - just a 4.5 hour drive for me.

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@madaboutcheetah Images 2, 3, and 4 are nice pictures but number 1 is an absolute cracker, the slight twist to the body so it's visible but the head is straight on with the intense eye contact really making it the stand out shot of the set.

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Just like the focus of this young female.

 

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Timabavati, May 2016. Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens @ 400mm. 1/100sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 - it was getting pretty dark!

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Peter Muigai.

I must admit for three years being in Nairobi National Park this is my first decent Leopard frame!!

 

To many it might nit nor will it raise a surprise, but if you have been into Nairobi National Park looking for Leopards you definitely know what am talking about. Am so happy I shared the photo!

 

Peter Muigai.

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#1; Samburu, Kenya

#2: Samburu, Kenya

#3: Masai mara, Kenya

#4: Oserian, Naivasha, Kenya

#5: Samburu, Kenya

 

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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.

He's a big old feller.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Peter Muigai.

 

What a magnificent leopard capture!

Big CONGRATULATIONS on the sighting and on the image.

You're Nairobi National Park's resident big cat photography specialist.

Tom K.

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janzin

Some fabulous leopard images here! Having just returned from the Masai Mara and an astounding, and totally unexpected seven individual leopards, I had to post a couple of shots.

 

The leopardess Osirata, Naboisho conservency, Masai Mara, Kenya. Shortly after this photo was taken, some lions came by and chased her up a tree....she looked quite terrified. We returned in the a.m. and she was no longer up there so we assume she got down safely!

 

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Young leopard Olare, son of the famous Fig. Olare Motorogoi Conservancy.

 

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Morkel Erasmus
This was one of the most interesting, awesome, insane sightings I've ever had on safari.

Not going to rehash the whole story here, but you can read the whole account (with more pics) here:



Not the best photo, and a bit of a crop as it happened at a fair distance, but being up a slope we could see it all play out.


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@@Morkel Erasmus what an awesome sighting! We just got back from the Mara and were seeing Wild Eye vehicles all over the place :) Perhaps you were in one of them (although this sighting was before we arrived.)

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Tom Kellie

~ @@janzin

 

Your recent leopard images are extraordinarily sharp!

The Osirata portrait is one for the awards! Exceptionally lovely micro-contrasts.

Your recent Kenya safari was the very stuff of safari dreams.

Thank you so much for posting the photos here for all to enjoy.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Morkel Erasmus

 

Although the link to the complete tale isn't viewable where I live, the photo you've kindly posted is dramatic enough!

What a sight! If you were guiding guests, they must have had elevated pulse rates after observing such an encounter.

As ever, your photography sets a high standard.

Thank you for posting the photo here.

Tom K.

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A few quick edits taken last week in South Luangwa NP :

 

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johnweir

The attached image was taken in the northern Serengeti near Sayari Camp July 2015. We attended a possible sighting the previous day, a leopard had been seen hauling a gazelle kill high into a tree. On arrival the kill was visible in the tree but no leopard, hardly surprising for at least 10 vehicles were lined up near the tree. We waited for a considerable time but to no avail. Interestingly it was the only tree for miles around, so very exposed. The following day very early in the morning we approached the tree from another direction and sure enough the leopard was in the tree with the kill. The leopard came down the tree as we approached so we backed off and she returned to the kill before eventually leaving again. In all we watched her for about 30 minutes during which time we were the only vehicle present.post-50942-0-38648500-1478296139_thumb.jpg

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These 2 leopard images were taken in July 2016 during a stay at Namiri Plains Camp. s. Serengeti. Tanzania.

Location is 7 miles SW of Seronera airstrip on secondary track, between Maasai and Boma Kopjes. (Close to Seronera River ).

Image 1: As seen, taken very late afternoon in poor light, low cloud. Gives a very good impression of the actual sighting. (200mm, f7.1, 1/160).

Image 2: From the same series, image cropped and lightened only. Wish the leopard had turned it's head. (400mm, f5.6, 1/40).

 

Would welcome any constructive criticism.

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@@johnweir I like the first image for the sense of place it conveys - very difficult light to work with. I would be tempted to try a B&W conversion for the second image in an effort to increase the contrast / texture - no idea how it would go though! Thanks for posting.

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. Took the liberty of having a look at your images, beautiful. Gives me something to aspire to. Have converted one of the images from the same series into B/W and fiddled about with the contrast as you suggested, not too sure about the result. Does however give a different perspective on the sighting. Thanks again. J.W.

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madaboutcheetah

Kabini, Karnataka again ........... The melanistic Leopard aka Black Panther!!!!

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