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Young female leopard in the Timbavati - I believe named 'Marula'.

 

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Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens @ 400mm, 1/500sec, f/6.3, ISO 400.

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Khwai Conservancy, Botswana.

 

 

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Pretty Girl @ Olare Motorogi Conservancy or just over the border into the Maasai Mara

 

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1/125 sec. f/5.3 230mm

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Hi

Here is my album on Flickr of Leopard shots over the last 18 months including an exceptionally rare sighting of a 12 year old female leopard killing a 6-9 month old Impala at a waterhole (PAN) in the Kruger on 22nd July -- https://www.flickr.com/gp/ajm057/232MXU - here attached is the first stride in the brief chase and a shot of the leopard about to bite the Impala's neck.

 

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WOW, ajm057, looked through the whole hunt on flickr, what a sighting! How was you adrenaline-level during this sighting? :-D 

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Bahati's male cub (she is the daughter of Olive). Taken at Brian Freeman's camp Masai Mara August 2017.

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The male cub with his shy sister

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Bahati herself. Very relaxed and we spent hours with her.

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Great photos @penolva - I especially like the shot of the grumpy male cub.

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On 10/10/2017 at 7:17 PM, offshorebirder said:

Great photos @penolva - I especially like the shot of the grumpy male cub.

Thanks he was a very photogenic little chap! 

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Kenya Trip report here...

 

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Hunting.  Porini Lion, Masai Mara, Kenya, February 2017

 

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Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens@400mm. 1/1250sec, f/5.6, ISO400

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South Luangwa NP November 2017

 

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Mating pair ...

 

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This big boy was scent marking his territory in hluhluwe imfolozi game reserve. was a very brief sighting. only about 2 mins.

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@Game WardenYes, Leopards mostly descend trees head first 😃

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Serengeti May 2017

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Serengeti May 2017

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Serengeti May 2017

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Serengeti May 2017

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Everyone's leopard shots are amazing!  Below from Sabi Sands, December 2017.

 

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Oh that looks to be Shadow and her cub how lovely. :)

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My first image post here for some months, my apologies, have been quite busy editing large numbers of images for work projects.

My recent month long Ruaha/Namiri TZ trip has been one not easily forgotten.
With lost bags, escaping a fatal plane crash by 24hrs, 
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a smashed D5 & 400 f/2.8E long lens combo (on only my 4th day!!) which saw my 70-200 +1.4tc become my long prime sad.gif and how one quickly must adapt to such setbacks, always a good reason to carry 3 bodies.
Highlights were four ........yes 4 amazing Caracal sightings, a zebra birth, great close encounters with a cheetah mum and sub-adult to a magical last day sighting of a lioness walking & carrying her 3 x four week old cubs over 4 km from their birthplace in the marsh to their new Kopje home to join the rest of her 10 other siblings.

Can't wait to return here again for the Gnu calving in 4 weeks time.

 

Here are a selection of leopard images from this trip.

 

Golden hour ascent (x2)
6.19am and the 3 yr old male leopard known as Moyo (Swahili, meaning "heart") climbs a tree to a beautiful golden hour sunrise, opportunities like this happen very rarely and was thrilled to capture him in such an iconic pose and soft golden light.
Ruaha NP

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/4
1/1000s
ISO 1000@ 100mm

 

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Leopard in Sycamore fig.

A wonderfully camouflaged male leopard known as "Ghost" descends from inside a beautiful Sycamore fig to grab his warthog prized kill below.
Ruaha NP

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5.6
1/1000s
ISO 640@ 135mm

 

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Sabre-tooth grimace

A young leopardess looks down and displays her best Sabre-tooth impression (indicating a submissive grimace/pose) as she had been caught out snacking on Ghost's warthog kill. I suspect this pair were mating recently.

Ruaha NP

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5.6
1/250s
ISO 110@ 175mm + fill flash -1.7EV

 

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Contentment in a Yellow fever acacia (x2)

Namiri Plains- Central Serengeti.

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5.6
1/2000s
ISO 360@ 280mm

 

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Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5.6
1/250s
ISO 250@ 280mm

 

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Leopardess on Vultures rock

A leopardess relaxes high up on Soit lemotony  (Swahili  for Vultures rock).
Namiri Plains- Central Serengeti.

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/6.3
1/2000s
ISO 450@ 280mm

 

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Descent from Soit lemotony (x2)

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5
1/1250s
ISO 6400@ 280mm

 

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The stare down

 

A leopardess stares down my lens on her way to an early evening hunting session,

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/5.6
1/2000s
ISO 1100@ 280mm

 

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Relaxing @ dusk

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
ƒ/4
1/500s
ISO 2800@ 280mm

 

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Cheers

Marc

 

 

 
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Posted (edited)

@africaaddict these are gorgeous! I hope you will do a trip report - between these and your caracal photos (and FOUR caracal sightings - what??!!) I think a lot of us will be really excited to see it!

 

And oh my, that plane crash, thank goodness you weren't on it - we had a thread about it as I recall and were wondering which ST members were in Tanz at that time.  

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Hunting leopard at Kambaku River Sands, Timbavati, South Africa. Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens@290mm, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO400

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Looking forward to my return next week!

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