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Leopard crawl

By ColleenA
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Comments


abeeror2 4 23 Australia
12 Jun 2013 6:28AM
Beautiful light in these lovely images.

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
12 Jun 2013 6:40AM
Two more beautiful images, Colleen, especially V.1. Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
12 Jun 2013 6:44AM
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

Andy
12 Jun 2013 6:54AM
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
kathrynlouise 5 423 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 6:59AM
Hi Colleen. 2 beautiful images. V1 for me, gorgeous GrinGrin

Kathryn
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:08AM
Excellent Colleen - love the sunlight catching him. Smile

Carol
ali63 Plus
5 768 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:11AM
Beautiful Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin
Quoise Plus
4 852 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:15AM
Beautiful captures
Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:20AM
Two great captures, I prefer V1; beautiful light.
Nigel
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:24AM
Two beauties V1 is brilliant.
12 Jun 2013 7:33AM
Good morning Colleen . Stunning image perfect light SmileSmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 130 15 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:35AM
2 super images Colleen, V1 for meSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Cliff
S_Psharma 4 1 India
12 Jun 2013 7:44AM
Both images are excellent my vote is for v2.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 7:44AM
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 !
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
12 Jun 2013 8:01AM
Wow Colleen V1 is extra special with that wonderful light Smile Great work

Rod
12 Jun 2013 8:02AM
Excellent captures Colleen, 2 super images,
Fred.
Balwant 6 1 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 8:16AM
Beautiful, great capture, excelent lighting
12 Jun 2013 8:31AM
Super images. V1 ace Smile
12 Jun 2013 8:41AM
V1 for me as well
the expression you havecaught is priceless
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.7k 149 England
12 Jun 2013 9:50AM
The light couldn't be better, beautiful capture in v1, Colleen.

Dave
richmowil Plus
8 321 2 England
12 Jun 2013 9:50AM
Cracking images Colleen. V1 something special!!
Tish1 Plus
4 16 3 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 10:55AM
The light and shade in V1 is very effective, V2 is a cracker, love them both.

Tish
12 Jun 2013 11:38AM
the light has given you great conditions to capture this fine animal

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
xwang 7 56 8
12 Jun 2013 12:01PM
Beautifully captured images... wonderful light.
Irishkate Plus
6 40 107 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 12:21PM
You've captured that stealthy glide beautifully in V1 Colleen.
A sleepy gaze in V2 - an honour to be so close.
KateGrinGrinGrin:
Mrsbass 4 2 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 12:25PM
Two stunning images Colleen - the light in v1 is sublime. Just stunning.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
12 Jun 2013 12:53PM
Two wonderful images, Colleen, and an interesting story too - well worth the ordeal and effort to get the shots Wink
Trev Smile
boov Plus
4 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 1:06PM
Great takes...
12 Jun 2013 1:22PM
2 Lovely photos of such an elusive animal . I am definately jealous
Your game drives must have been really special
Regards Brian
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
12 Jun 2013 1:49PM
mmmmm stunning captures!
12 Jun 2013 2:51PM
Beautiful images!
George
Mike_Smith Plus
9 370 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 5:16PM
Both Cracking shots V1 is stunning bathed in beautiful light, awsome animals these i would love to see them in the wild
12 Jun 2013 5:40PM
Wonderful images.

Jenny Smile
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 5:40PM
An excellent shot!
Ann
netta1234 Plus
5 382 2 Wales
12 Jun 2013 6:17PM
These two are excellent again Colleen with lovely detail and lightSmile
NettaSmile
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
12 Jun 2013 6:58PM
Excellent captures Colleen and a great narrative.GrinGrin
Ron
jdinne 13 16 England
12 Jun 2013 7:36PM
Great light Colleen V1 very good.

John
CHRISB911 11 54 1
12 Jun 2013 8:11PM
superb capture love the warm light
CornishChris
12 Jun 2013 8:47PM
Grrrrreat images Colleen ! Love V1. Sounds like you are on a super adventure!
BrendaSmile
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 9:14PM
WOW! WOW! WOW! thats what i said when i saw thes shots Colleen.
Brian
12 Jun 2013 9:40PM
Fantastic set of images Colleen. The quality of your wildlife images would not disgrace a certain Mr Andy Rouse

Steve
12 Jun 2013 9:49PM
Fantastic shots Colleen and love the write up. Cathy
capto Plus
5 4.5k 8 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 10:34PM
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

ivor
ColleenA Plus
4 325 5 Australia
12 Jun 2013 10:48PM
Wow Stephen... What a great compliment .. Thank you
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 11:06PM
Two fantastic images Colleen, beautifully captured and presented

Hugh
13 Jun 2013 3:30AM
Una luz perfecta baņa al animal.
Felicitaciones.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Jun 2013 2:59PM
fantastic shots, the light on no1 cheetah is PERFECT.
Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 3:09PM
Versin 1 for me,i love light .
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
29 Jun 2013 11:50PM
You've caught this beautiful big cat in some wonderful warm light

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