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Good morning from a sunny Cape Town...a winter temp of 21 deg today...
Once again thanks for all your votes and comments and to Netta for her UA.
This is an image of a leopard quietly creeping up on unsuspecting Impala grazing some 100 metres away. Unfortunately she was unsuccessful. The bush as you can see was incredibly dense and she could not get a clear run at them. It took our Tracker 2 hours to find her. Not easy in the thick African bush
V2 is just another image of the leopard I thought I would share.

Have a great Monday... we have a Public holiday in South Africa so another lazy day ahead for me.GrinGrin

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 - 5:09 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Leopard crawl
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:17 Jun 2013 - 5:56 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 6:07 AM

Excellent wildlife shot of this magnificent beast Colleen .
Rob

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 6:09 AM

Two more excellent images, Colleen, doesn't she have beautiful eyes Smile Carol

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
17 Jun 2013 - 6:18 AM

I noticed the eyes too, they are really lovely (mind you as long as they are not looking straight at you).
Wonderful shot. Your images are really worthy of a coffee table book of the beautiful animals you have on the reserve.

Harriet

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 6:25 AM

Superb wild life images v1 is better in my opinion.

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Caziwinkles
17 Jun 2013 - 7:09 AM

Two more stunners here Colleen I agree with Harriet - these would be fab in a photo book . They are truly brilliant! Smile

Carol

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1nikongirl
1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
17 Jun 2013 - 7:11 AM

Excellent images Colleen! V1 is my favorite.... Love the eyes too! You should frame V1 !
Brenda Smile

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anglingandyq
17 Jun 2013 - 7:13 AM

Great light and detail Colleen . Two excellent images

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41031 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 7:18 AM

And seemingly neither hunter nor prey put off by your presence. Lovely capture, Colleen.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 7:23 AM

Stunning work Colleen, a great shot,would not like to have to pay for the food for this pussycat Wink

Ali

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Shane136
Shane136  1163 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 - 7:24 AM

Cracking shot

Shane

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 7:43 AM

What a beautiful cat you have captured...
I doubt I could keep the camera focused with this beauty in front of me...
Do they stalk by themselves?

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 8:10 AM

Yes Barbara, Leopard tend to hunt alone unless they have grown up youngsters. We have seen grown brothers hunt together but mostly you see them alone. Leopard will always drag their kill up a tree to protect it from other predators. Lion are known to hunt together.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 8:12 AM

Two first class images Colleen,, quite outstanding

Hugh

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 8:28 AM

Lucky Impala.......lives to breathe another day..........GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
17 Jun 2013 - 8:29 AM

Super images Colleen, V1 a slight favourite,
Fred.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1680 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom75 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 8:39 AM

Two superb captures of this magnificent creature in its natural habitat. My UA is for V1 which is my personal favourite.
Nigel

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richmowil
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17 Jun 2013 - 8:44 AM

Two nice captures. I like them a lot!!

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 8:44 AM

I think you have captured the essence here.................. the slink, the eyes, the confidence. Good sharp images, V1 for me today Colleen.

Tish

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User_Removed
17 Jun 2013 - 8:48 AM

Both beautifully captured. Smile

Lucien.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 9:00 AM

Both are excellent captures and you can sense the mood of the animal in V1.
Joan.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
17 Jun 2013 - 9:09 AM

Good morning Colleen from a sunny and very cold Swellendam Smile These are wow !! images - those eyes are stunning, especially in V2. Great stuff this Smile

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
17 Jun 2013 - 9:09 AM

Excellent images. V1 is tremendous Smile

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 9:25 AM

2 superb images Colleen, V1 takes itSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 9:40 AM

V1 is an excellent wildlife image with good lighting. Welldone
I know how difficult it is to find this elusive animal in the wild
Regards Brian

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
17 Jun 2013 - 9:41 AM

Wonderful!
The concentration in the leopard's eyes is well captured.
JNC

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digital_boi
17 Jun 2013 - 10:06 AM

two great captures with V1 being my favourite

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 11:31 AM

Two super captures, Colleen, but my fave has to be V1 also, with the whole of the leopard in the shot Wink
Trev Smile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 11:44 AM

Two more superb wildlife images colleen.
I like the stalking movement and stare in V1.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
17 Jun 2013 - 12:20 PM

V1 stunning Colleen, brilliant photography.

Sent you PM re John and good news.

John

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 12:22 PM

Stunning Colleen - two outstanding captures (again). Superb.

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gwynn56
gwynn56  260 forum posts England
17 Jun 2013 - 12:29 PM

nice capture Smile

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kathrynlouise
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17 Jun 2013 - 12:43 PM

Hiya Colleen. 2 stunning images of this beautiful cat. V1 is my favourite, just, but the eyes on V2 are just beautiful.
Love them both GrinGrinGrin

Kathryn

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 1:58 PM

Nice shot, beautiful eyes... I would run away.. bad idea! I would be her successful ....Grin

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 2:05 PM

Superb shots Colleen of this beautiful cat..Lin

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 2:11 PM

Not the easiest of creatures to locate, so to get this stunning image you must be very happy! Excellent work again!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85907 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 2:13 PM

Incredible detaill inthis one
Love the look of intent in the eyesSmile

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17 Jun 2013 - 2:21 PM

Excuse the typos above, but my works laptop will not let me edit them out

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 2:53 PM

Hi Colleen 2more cracking shots I like the way he's framed by the brush wood in V1
Never know what will come next great work that must be funSmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

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17 Jun 2013 - 2:55 PM

La mirada del animal es maravillosa.

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17 Jun 2013 - 3:02 PM

Excellent focus, v1 wins for me!

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Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 - 3:47 PM

Lovely shots Colleen. Cathy

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kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
17 Jun 2013 - 3:59 PM

What a beautifull but frightening cat! Very fine images again,Colleen!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Have a nice holiday !SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.

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17 Jun 2013 - 4:43 PM

SUPERB!!!! V1 for me Colleen.
Brian

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17 Jun 2013 - 5:32 PM

Superb shots & its V1 for me too.
Ju

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AngelaSeager
17 Jun 2013 - 6:21 PM

Beautifully captured, but still scary.....luckily, the closest thing to leopards in Manchester is the leopard print on clothes that are fashionable at the moment......! V1 for me as in V2 the tail is cropped off....sorry!
Kind regards
Angela

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Quoise e2 Member 1231 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 - 6:41 PM

V1 is fab Colleen, great work Smile

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ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 7:05 PM

Thanks for your comment Angela regarding V2....I should just mention that the leopard was so close to us at that point that my 70-300 lens could not fit her into the frame.... I could have squashed her in but then in photography one has to leave space in front of the animal. I uploaded it because it showed her eyes and face so well.

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nobby1
nobby1 e2 Member 9nobby1 vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 - 7:15 PM

Beautiful cat. Well captured.

Nobby

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Jenny-D
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17 Jun 2013 - 7:23 PM

Stunning captures Colleen, love V1, but both amazing.

Jenny Smile

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17 Jun 2013 - 8:01 PM

WHat a determined pose in v1

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
17 Jun 2013 - 8:12 PM

Had to come back and have another look. Bravo!
JNC

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17 Jun 2013 - 8:51 PM

Wow what a cracking shot

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widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 9:36 PM

Wow both are exceptional GrinGrin

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Stephen_B
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17 Jun 2013 - 9:38 PM

Colleen

Another brilliant image. The sharpness of the eyes is perfect.

Steve

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GeorgePlatis
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17 Jun 2013 - 10:10 PM

Two really beautiful images with a lot of details of this magnificent animal in his natural environment !
George

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17 Jun 2013 - 10:39 PM

Two crackers, v1 is special.Smile

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17 Jun 2013 - 11:23 PM

Great captures wonderful to see them in there natural environment.

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18 Jun 2013 - 6:03 PM

Excellent Colleen, you are really excelling here. These images make me very homesick .....I do so miss the bush. Ann.

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29 Jun 2013 - 11:59 PM

Those big blue/green eyes are amazing, love the intense focused expression in v1
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It looks as though the Tomcat has been on the pop again!Tongue

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