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Good morning ..... glad you all like d the cheetah female yesterday, thanks for the clicks and comments.
3 awards was awesome, made the long hours on the back of the land cruiser worthwhile. Thanks you Ryan (Bigry), Jenn (Taggart) and Andy (Anglingandyq).
Today a leopard female. Again our tracker spent hours scanning the dirt tracks for her tracks. She sent us on a wide circle as our Ranger said she was marking (with urine) her territory so that others do not encroach on her area. We found her lying down in thick grass, see V2 so you can see how hard it is to spot them and take photos of them, but fortunately she eventually got up and I was able to get this image while she was in the open. As you can see from the light it was late in the afternoon. She had heard some impala nearby and decided to leopard crawl through the long grass to try for dinner. We could not follow her as the bush was too thick. Leopards choose very rough terrain with lots of rocks and ravines. We them started our hours drive in the dark back to our Lodge and as we got 20 metres from the gate another Leopard and her 2 cubs were there. They got as big a fright as us and ran off into the darkness. To say I felt comfortable after dinner and watching the GP on TV to walk 200 metres in the dark to our bedroom suite would be a lie. Our suite is located on a waterhole so it attracts a lot of animals day and night. We heard a lion growl at 4.30 am yesterday 10 metres from our bed. Scary!!!!
I am still trying to catch up with votes on all your images.....Have a nice dayGrinGrinGrin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jun 2013 - 4:45 PM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Leopard crawl
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:12 Jun 2013 - 6:22 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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abeeror2
abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
12 Jun 2013 - 6:28 AM

Beautiful light in these lovely images.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 6:40 AM

Two more beautiful images, Colleen, especially V.1. Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6100 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 6:44 AM

Morning Colleen, sorry I missed these earlier in the week they are a superb series. The light and pose in this one....wow. Great work, I'm jealous.Grin

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
12 Jun 2013 - 6:54 AM

I like V2 for the creepy feeling it gives me. Nearby animal noises at night are not fun at all. Daybreak can be comforting at those times.
Wonderful shots.

Harriet

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kathrynlouise
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12 Jun 2013 - 6:59 AM

Hi Colleen. 2 beautiful images. V1 for me, gorgeous GrinGrin

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Caziwinkles
12 Jun 2013 - 7:08 AM

Excellent Colleen - love the sunlight catching him. Smile

Carol

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ali63
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12 Jun 2013 - 7:11 AM

Beautiful Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1257 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 - 7:15 AM

Beautiful captures

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1735 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom84 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:20 AM

Two great captures, I prefer V1; beautiful light.
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SUE118
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12 Jun 2013 - 7:24 AM

Two beauties V1 is brilliant.

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anglingandyq
12 Jun 2013 - 7:33 AM

Good morning Colleen . Stunning image perfect light SmileSmileSmile

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:35 AM

2 super images Colleen, V1 for meSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:44 AM

Both images are excellent my vote is for v2.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 - 7:44 AM

Excellent quality Colleen !! Great images and entertaining story Smile I know the feeling having to walk to your cabin in the dark with no security fencing to protect a little Smile The sun is still out here !

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 8:01 AM

Wow Colleen V1 is extra special with that wonderful light Smile Great work

Rod

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Jun 2013 - 8:02 AM

Excellent captures Colleen, 2 super images,
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Balwant
Balwant  3 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 8:16 AM

Beautiful, great capture, excelent lighting

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
12 Jun 2013 - 8:31 AM

Super images. V1 ace Smile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 8:41 AM

V1 for me as well
the expression you havecaught is priceless

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41046 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 9:50 AM

The light couldn't be better, beautiful capture in v1, Colleen.

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richmowil
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12 Jun 2013 - 9:50 AM

Cracking images Colleen. V1 something special!!

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 10:55 AM

The light and shade in V1 is very effective, V2 is a cracker, love them both.

Tish

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digital_boi
12 Jun 2013 - 11:38 AM

the light has given you great conditions to capture this fine animal

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 12:01 PM

Beautifully captured images... wonderful light.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 12:21 PM

You've captured that stealthy glide beautifully in V1 Colleen.
A sleepy gaze in V2 - an honour to be so close.
KateGrinGrinGrin:

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 12:25 PM

Two stunning images Colleen - the light in v1 is sublime. Just stunning.

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TrevBatWCC
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12 Jun 2013 - 12:53 PM

Two wonderful images, Colleen, and an interesting story too - well worth the ordeal and effort to get the shots Wink
Trev Smile

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 - 1:06 PM

Great takes...

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 1:22 PM

2 Lovely photos of such an elusive animal . I am definately jealous
Your game drives must have been really special
Regards Brian

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12 Jun 2013 - 1:49 PM

mmmmm stunning captures!

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GeorgePlatis
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12 Jun 2013 - 2:51 PM

Beautiful images!
George

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Mike_Smith
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12 Jun 2013 - 5:16 PM

Both Cracking shots V1 is stunning bathed in beautiful light, awsome animals these i would love to see them in the wild

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Jenny-D
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12 Jun 2013 - 5:40 PM

Wonderful images.

Jenny Smile

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AnnChown
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12 Jun 2013 - 5:40 PM

An excellent shot!
Ann

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2183 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 6:17 PM

These two are excellent again Colleen with lovely detail and lightSmile
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Maiwand
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12 Jun 2013 - 6:58 PM

Excellent captures Colleen and a great narrative.GrinGrin
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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
12 Jun 2013 - 7:36 PM

Great light Colleen V1 very good.

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12 Jun 2013 - 8:11 PM

superb capture love the warm light
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1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
12 Jun 2013 - 8:47 PM

Grrrrreat images Colleen ! Love V1. Sounds like you are on a super adventure!
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Brian65
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12 Jun 2013 - 9:14 PM

WOW! WOW! WOW! thats what i said when i saw thes shots Colleen.
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Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 - 9:40 PM

Fantastic set of images Colleen. The quality of your wildlife images would not disgrace a certain Mr Andy Rouse

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Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 - 9:49 PM

Fantastic shots Colleen and love the write up. Cathy

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12 Jun 2013 - 10:34 PM

I've just caught up with your recent images in this series, brilliant images. What an experience to get shots like this in the 'wild'Smile

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ColleenA e2 Member 2188 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 10:48 PM

Wow Stephen... What a great compliment .. Thank you

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12 Jun 2013 - 11:06 PM

Two fantastic images Colleen, beautifully captured and presented

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13 Jun 2013 - 3:30 AM

Una luz perfecta baña al animal.
Felicitaciones.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 2:59 PM

fantastic shots, the light on no1 cheetah is PERFECT.

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Kim Walton
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15 Jun 2013 - 3:09 PM

Versin 1 for me,i love light .

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29 Jun 2013 - 11:50 PM

You've caught this beautiful big cat in some wonderful warm light

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