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#21 rickmck

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:59 AM

Wow, so many fabulous leopards, people! Keep 'em coming...

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:25 AM

Ken, I remember Helena's video of this sighting.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:04 AM

Here's some of my favourite Leopard images from the last few years.

It's hard to believe these cubs are from the same litter, however cats in the wild frequently have multiple partners and because of the way their reproductive system works, it is possible for each kitten in a litter to have a different father.
Cats are induced ovulators, meaning that they drop an egg when stimulated by the breeding male.
The female on the left is quite dark with Cheetah/honey colored eyes, whereas the male is much lighter with the more standard olive eyes.
Photography (and tracking) was not easy in the thick Acacia thorn scrub and yellow grass.
Very cute nonetheless!
Deception Valley- Central Kalahari GR. Botswana

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Sis & bro
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Sisterly love
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Curiosity
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A 3yr old very inquisitive male Kalahari Leopard, Deception Valley Lodge
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Big Boy, the resident huge 4yr old male from Mapula Lodge relaxing in a tree in soft evening light.
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He had just been snacking on a Zebra foal that he killed the previous night, hence the attention of all the flies.
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We spent over an hour with mum and her two 3mth old cubs, in the Sth Luangwa NP whilst staying @ Tafika camp.
This was pure joy, sitting quietly observing these three.
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Not too close!
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The female Leopard, Shangwa poised to jump.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:35 PM

Marc - lovely shots - a real inspiration.

Looking at your equipment I was wondering if you had any experience with the 600VR?

Thanks for sharing

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:54 PM

Great additions to the thread Marc, thanks for posting: that last image, with the light, is wonderful. Is it fill in flash?

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:53 AM

some supurb leopard pics in this thread! Truely inspiring (and humbling)...
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:13 AM

Marc,

Thanks for sharing these...... The last one in particular is the stand out amongst them!

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:26 AM

Thanks Hari.


Marc - lovely shots - a real inspiration.

Looking at your equipment I was wondering if you had any experience with the 600VR?

Thanks for sharing

Nick


Thanks Nick

No experience with the 600VR, but I do know it's very similar in image quality, but NOT hand holdable, both are outstanding.
It took me nearly 6 months of searching just trying to get my hands on the 500 and I know the 600VR is even harder to acquire and even more expensive of course. My choice of the two would be the 500, due to it's lighter weight, better min focus distance, easier to pack in cabin luggage and occasional hand held usage.
Also, as good as the 200-400VR is, I sold mine to fund this 500VR purchase and haven't looked back. :o



Great additions to the thread Marc, thanks for posting: that last image, with the light, is wonderful. Is it fill in flash?


Thanks Matthew

This was taken with fill flash and vehicle spot light.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:56 AM

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^ The Bicycle Crossing Male ^
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^ The Bicycle Crossing Male ^
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^ The Matshapiri Female ^
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^ Jakkelsdraai Female and Cub ^
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^ Son of the Ostrich Koppies female ^


I do have a bit of an unfair advantage though

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:11 AM

Graham, you do not have an unfair advantage at all. Your profession gives you the opportunity to capture such terrific

shots on a much more frequent basis than we keen safari goers can manage. I'm just happy to be able to visit Africa twice

a year to spend time with the animals, birds and places that I love. My own photos are just a record of wildlife, people

and places to remind me of all the good times I've had. I so enjoy looking at all the wonderful photos that you expert

photographers put up on this forum for us all to enjoy. So thankyou to all the brilliant photographers who bring pleasure

to me and many others.


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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:56 AM

Some great photos here. It's taking me a while to catch up with all the great threads which were posted whilst I was away.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 12:07 PM

Graham, thanks for posting the images. Moreso than Jan, I rarely get to Africa myself, so seeing the amazing photographs serves as my virtual safari. Great pics everyone, great thread :angry:

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:59 AM

Graham, thanks for posting the images. Moreso than Jan, I rarely get to Africa myself, so seeing the amazing photographs serves as my virtual safari. Great pics everyone, great thread :lol:


Yes, an outstanding thread! I just missed half an hour of work...

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 05:25 AM

Ken/Geoff,

Apparently, Amber is denning in the Selinda concession at the moment.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:47 PM

They're some great shots everyone is sharing on this thread, please keep-it up!
I too can't make it to Africa as often as most. This is from our last trip Sept. 07 in Sabi Sands..
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My old Canon rebel xt iso 200, 100-400 @250 1/250 @ f5.6
Hopefully I can up-date the war-horse for my return in April!!! <_<

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:28 AM

See here :).

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:19 AM

OK, I'll give this a try. First a question, can I show an image that is in my gallery here??? Don't see how to do this.
So instead I will upload one and see if/how that works-
Ok, now lets do "Preview Post" and see if it pops up there-
Nope, didn't show in preview so will go ahead and post and see if it's there.
Image is of the Manyalethi male at MalaMala, Sep 2005.
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hmm, showing a thumbnail.
How do I make it show full size like Dyer and sniktawk???
Let's try a link to the photo in the gallery-
http://safaritalk.ne..._278_224397.jpg
And again -
http://safaritalk.ne..._278_224397.jpg
Still no joy.
try this
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Still no joy. Still only thumbnail. Oh well, that's enough "fun" for tonight. Maybe more guessing later.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:15 AM

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I went into your gallery and copied the link for your image. In the reply window you see all the menu buttons with one having a little picture, click on this and paste the link into there. It should show up.

Lovely photo of a handsome leopard.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 06:12 PM

thanks twaffle, guess it was too late at night for me to find that!!!
so I'll try another photo, same leopard, same day, he was in tree with kill then came down to the water as above
Do I copy image location or link location (most sites I think use image location)
click picture icon, paste image location
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ok that works in preview. but is 427 px size not large like original gallery size (800px) like Dyer/sniktawk
so lets's try again but this time from the original gallery image
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YES!!!! That's the ticket!!!! Now if I can just remember how to do this :)

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 06:36 PM

Tom, click edit and get into your post above and see what I did. See this topic here:

Posting images in the text.

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