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johnweir

Wonderful photography as with all your other images posted in this forum. Presumably a one in a million shot getting a normally marked leopard together with a melanistic one, must be a story behind the image. Absolutely beautiful. You give all us newcomers to wildlife photography standards to aspire to. These images have made my day, thank you. J.W.

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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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madaboutcheetah

Thanks so much @@johnweir - more pics of that BP in my report (india section) - if you wish to see! :)

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Zubbie15

A couple of leopards from Tanzania, 2016.



Big male leopard, Kusini Valley, Southern Serengeti


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Male leopard, Seronera Valley, Central Serengeti


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johnweir

HELP REQUIRED TO ACCURATELY AGE YOUNG LEOPARD.

I am presently working on a possible magazine article about a leopard family encountered in Botswana. (concession NG27A). The enclosed image was taken in June 2016 by Ben Recknagel (Munich) and appears with his permission.

 

The question is quite simply, is the juvenile leopard on the right of the image approximately 12 months or 24 months old. An accurate assessment is vital for the accuracy of the article. I tend towards 24 months.

 

Could any experienced leopard observers please send me your thoughts, I thank you in anticipation.

 

 

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africaaddict

HELP REQUIRED TO ACCURATELY AGE YOUNG LEOPARD.

I am presently working on a possible magazine article about a leopard family encountered in Botswana. (concession NG27A). The enclosed image was taken in June 2016 by Ben Recknagel (Munich) and appears with his permission.

 

The question is quite simply, is the juvenile leopard on the right of the image approximately 12 months or 24 months old. An accurate assessment is vital for the accuracy of the article. I tend towards 24 months.

 

Could any experienced leopard observers please send me your thoughts, I thank you in anticipation.

 

 

I would concur with your age approximation of being close to 2 years John, although this is never easy without a more detailed image, whether male/female (looks a male to me) and seeing it in the flesh.

 

My images below are of a male, both of which my guide and I assessed at around 2 years.

 

Cheers

Marc

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Have recently returned from another wonderful 3 weeks in Ruaha and was very fortunate to be granted an off road permit and a working assignment with TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority).

An alarm call by a pair of Black-backed Jackals led us to this young male leopard that had just killed one of it's older pups. Quite a rare sighting, a mature male lion had just arrived on the scene forcing the leopard to quickly snatch the jackal and attempt to secure his prize higher up the sausage tree, a special treat indeed.

All images from Ruaha Nat Park- Tanzania.

 

Leopard takes a jackel pup.
Nikon D5
Nikkor 400 f/2.8E FL VR
1/1000s
f/5
ISO 1100

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Leopard in early dappled light.
Nikon D500
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/800s
f/5.6
ISO 1000@ 400mm.

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Soulful eyes.
Nikon D500
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/1000s
f/5.6
ISO 1800@ 400mm.

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Nikon D500
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/800s
f/5.6
ISO 900@ 135mm.

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Marc

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Sharon Pincott

Wow, these images are stunning. I'll share here one from my latest book, but it's not the quality of yours @@africaaddict! (This photo happens to be in my 'elephant' book - Elephant Dawn - because I tell the sad story of how I discovered one dead very close to my rondavel in Hwange in 2007.)

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johnweir

Hi Marc (africaaddict)

Thanks for taking the time to reply to my leopard query (5th Dec), your images are absolutely wonderful, I spent some time in Ruaha in July, a truly magical place. Only saw one leopard however, with an impala kill, but from a considerable distance.

To return to my initial image (5th Dec), the leopard on the left, blind in one eye, is the mother of the other, the one I was keen to accurately age. I originally saw the mother leopard in July 2014 with 2 cubs, a few weeks old, eyes only just opened. The other cub/juvenile was killed by lions in June of this year. A chance meeting with Ben who took the images in July provided me with some valuable information on how the family had developed since 2014. I want to make sure that the juvenile in his images was one of the cubs I saw 2 years ago and not from a later litter i.e. 2015, I am now fairly sure it was. I have attached another of Ben's images of the juvenile (on the left of the image) which may influence your deliberations further. Sorry to trouble you with this. Is there anyone else out there with an opinion, 12 or 24 months old? Thanks again J.W.

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Hi, although not in the class of some of the amazing shots posted here i do have some Leopard pics im happy with, i have picked these couple as it was an amazing sighting in Ruaha this october just gone, apparently its not so common to have a male, female and cubs all fairly close together. Male on the left, female upper right and 1 of two cubs just visible on top of the large rock in the middle. I was lucky enough to get some closer pics of the male, and mum and cubs a bit after this. sigma 100-300 f4.5 on D7100.

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africaaddict

Looks closer to 12 months in this image, IMO.

I'm tending now to agree with Egilio.........this 2nd image puts things in a slightly different perspective, and it does appear to be closer to 12 than 24 mths @@johnweir

 

However, without a really detailed close up of the face on both sub adults for spot/whisker marks/facial comparison, one can never be 100% certain.

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11 month old male Leopard

Lebala, Botswana

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That´s Jane, the mom of the above cub.

Lebala, Botswana

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africaaddict

RIP- Furaha, the Queen of Ruaha

 

This is the last image captured (12 hrs before her death) of a very special leopardess named Furaha which means Joy in Swahili. Lorenzo my guide and I stayed with Furaha for 7hrs (on the 29th Oct) and due to curfew had to leave her @ 7pm, there was clearly something wrong with her, but the change in her demeaner started only around 5pm, she was vomiting and disoriented, it was very sudden, and we had hoped she might improve by the morning. We drove back to where we left here first thing next morning, just beside her favourite tree to find her body, we both broke down and cried that this beautiful creature was now gone.......so terribly sad.

It appeared she died sometime before midnight. An autopsy by the vet from TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority) whom we called straight away, was carried out that morning which revealed that she was NOT poisoned nor bitten by a snake or a victim of anthrax, which were our main concerns, nor had she recently given birth, which had been another concern as she appeared to be lactating, her thin body initially gave us that impression, so there was some small comfort that there were no cubs lost as well. Results of her death are still not fully known, other than her lungs, kidneys & liver had been damaged, a respiratory collapse the result. Her legacy will live on through her wonderful son Moyo who has inherited her wonderful spirit and relaxed disposition.

Over the period of my last 11 days in Ruaha, things were not quite the same.........something was gone. It was hard to drive past her tree and not get emotional.
We have both known her nearly all of her oh so short 6½ year life. She was probably the most relaxed and coolest leopard I've ever had the privilege to know.
The actual cause of death will never be really known due to TANAPA's limited resources, but it can almost be said it was a from natural causes.

Only the good die young...........RIP Furaha, the Queen of Ruaha.

 

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Furaha in happier times:

 

Taking the trunk route

 

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Sunrise gazing

 

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Any leopards around??

 

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Cheers

Marc

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Peter Connan

Very sad. Magnificent legacy she has left in your photos though!

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The circle of life. We are part of it also. Those lucky ones gets closer to other creatures. Thanks for sharing!

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But the life goes on, and here is, finally, what we have been looking for; Kruger NP - Nandzana waterhole on Nov 1st, 2016

 

 

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Bush dog

Selinda, last month

 

Young male with its prey, a baby impala

 

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Its mother

 

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@@africaaddict

 

Those pictures were taken in November 2014 in Ruaha.

 

I think that it might be Furaha?

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africaaddict

For sure BushDog ;)

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Same girl as in post #452 of this thread. Different lens this time, however (Fujifilm XF 55-200mm).

 

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Kwando Concession, Botswana, November 2015.

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travelingteachr

We had only 4 days in the Maasai Mara in January 2016. Still, here were the gems.

 

This is so much fun

Cuteness

Breakfast is served

The Descent 10

The Descent 11

The Descent 9

The Descent 7

The Descent 6

The Descent 5

You're next

power personified

Morning stretch

camo

The descent 3

The descent

Beaut

Peek-a-boo again

 

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Recent shots from the Masai Mara NR : Loran, a large male leopard using safari trucks as cover while stalking Warthogs and Luluka, who just killed an adult male reedbuck:

 

LORAN

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A Large Male Leopard near Double Cross

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Luluka, who just killed an adult male reedbuck and was dragging it a few hundred metres to cover

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