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 day