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Leopard kill

By ColleenA
Good morning...
Thank you to you all for your votes and comments on my warthogs and to Fred 263 and Patty (pentaxpatty) for their UA,s much appreciated.

A leopard and her kill today.....
Leopard prey varies from dung beetles, rodents, birds, hares, impala and even adult elands which can reach 900kg. They generally focus their hunting activity on locally abundant medium-sized species in the 20 to 80 kg range, while opportunistically taking other prey. average intervals between kills range from seven to 12 days. They drag their kills into trees to avoid it being taken by other predators. They can haul a carcass of a young giraffe estimated to weigh up to 125kg up a tree. They kill through suffocation by grabbing their prey by the throat and biting down with their powerful jaws. They rarely fight other predators for their food.
They other versions show her in the tree with her kill and also what was left of it the following day.
Have a nice day....

Tags: Leopard Wildlife and nature

Voters: ddolfelin, jaktis, Bantu and 87 more

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11 Feb 2014 4:41AM
Stunning pictures!
Brilliant stuff, Colleen.

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Jaw droppingly stunning images Colleen.. Your best set to date !!!

Lynette Grin
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
11 Feb 2014 5:15AM
A hard work for the leopard to get the carcass up there. Suoerb pictures

Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
11 Feb 2014 5:19AM
you really capture under very dangerous envoirment,superb capture.
kraj 2 India
11 Feb 2014 5:31AM
well captured.. nice shot

debu 6 India
11 Feb 2014 5:58AM
Superb set of images,V3 for me.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
11 Feb 2014 6:32AM
Just amazing Colleen, the pictures, the words and the deeds. What a privilege it must be to see these wonderful creatures in the wild. I'm very envious. Grin

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
11 Feb 2014 6:33AM
A top class et of images, Colleen, it always amazes me how these magnificent creatures can haul a kill up a tree. Carol
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 6:44AM
Some thing I did not see or find when I was in Tanzania last September.
A kill in the tree.
A great find and it ticks all my boxes of a wildlife image.

Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 6:57AM
Private dinner party for one!! How on earth did the leopard drag that huge carcass up the tree?!
Superb images Colleen.

11 Feb 2014 6:58AM
Superb Colleen.
I can't hesitate, my award is given. Wonderful shots.

LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 6:58AM
Stunning set of this lovely lady and her larder. She is either very well fed or in cub. Let's hope it is the latter.
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
11 Feb 2014 7:08AM

Quote:Stunning set of this lovely lady and her larder. She is either very well fed or in cub. Let's hope it is the latter.

Well spotted ...she had small cubs hidden away, but we didn't look for them...the Rangers do not like to disturb them and draw attention to them .
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 7:15AM
Wonderful images, fine reportage.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 98 14 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 7:22AM
A super set of images Colleen, great write upSmile

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 7:24AM
Fantastic capture's and she has such a lovely face. Not much left of the kill.
11 Feb 2014 7:29AM
Incredible image, I'm green with envy...Wink
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
11 Feb 2014 7:31AM
Excellent set colleen, amazing how quick the meal is devoured,

fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
11 Feb 2014 8:03AM
Superb set of images of life in the raw.

lesliea 7 2 Australia
11 Feb 2014 8:24AM
Wow stunning images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:32AM
An amazing story told by these images Colleen.

11 Feb 2014 8:39AM
Excellent set Colleen,
11 Feb 2014 8:42AM
Wow Colleen what a fantastic series, how clever to put the food high up, love V1 , thank you so much for the beautiful award and the kind comments on yesterdays seeing double ! very kind and generous of you, More rain here!!!! have a good day Patty GrinGrin
gwynn56 4 87 England
11 Feb 2014 8:46AM
nice set of images Smile
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
11 Feb 2014 8:54AM
A good set of image to tell this story Colleen
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 9:27AM
Superb images Colleen, very well captured indeed SmileSmileSmileSmile

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
11 Feb 2014 9:30AM
Great to see it get a good feed. Such wonderful animals. Terrific shots to treasure.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 9:35AM
One powerful cat, and the only one to take its food on high to prevent others from pinching it. Very impressive pictures Colleen.GrinGrinGrin Peter.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 9:57AM
This is a picture story of nature at it's very best Colleen
amazing images
11 Feb 2014 10:00AM
Colleen,these photographs are stunning,i do not have a favourite amongst them,they are all at the highest level of wildlife photography.I have looked through your pf many times and i rate this set at the very top.Well done you.
7 10 10 England
11 Feb 2014 10:00AM
This set is stunning Colleen and V1 is the best stunner.#Joan.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
11 Feb 2014 10:30AM
Superb set Colleen, deserving this plethora of awards Grin Excellent !!!!
11 Feb 2014 10:42AM
fine documentation of nature in action Colleen fine work all awards well deserved

11 Feb 2014 11:12AM
OMG, its superb
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 11:47AM
Graphic reality. Superb set of images with not often seen images of
such a large kill up in a tree. I do find these kind of images a bit disturbing
but realise it is we are all part of the food chain.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 12:43PM
Stunning shots and really love V3 with the eye contact: superb.
A wonderful set of images as always Colleen.

Mary Grin
myrab 10 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 1:25PM
Fabulous images, but they upset me to see it so graphic.

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
11 Feb 2014 1:27PM

Quote:Fabulous images, but they upset me to see it so graphic.


Much like the meat hanging in the local butcher shop Myra...
11 Feb 2014 2:33PM
Excellent wildlife images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
11 Feb 2014 3:07PM
A very skilled and strong lion--
These are wonderful images---
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 3:22PM
Fantastic setSmile

11 Feb 2014 3:42PM
Superb set of images and write up, well done
5 tremendous images all telling a story.

gss 2 1 Romania
11 Feb 2014 4:47PM
I'm surprised that you were not attacked believing that you want to take the loot! (Judging by the focal length you were not too far!)
Sorry for the prey in the tree!
A small request would be difficult to put an approximate location (is somehow a national park or is just as in nature)?
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
11 Feb 2014 5:02PM
A small request would be difficult to put an approximate location (is somehow a national park or is just as in nature)?

We were very close Silviu but totally trust our Ranger and Tracker as they know how close they can go without annoying the animals. It is a Private game reserve called can either google Thornybush Collection or go directly to our game lodge website
The reserve is approximately 16,000 acres and is closed to the general public. One has to have a reservation at one of the private lodges to gain access to the reserve. We have the Big 5 on the reserve and it run with very strict wildlife guidelines.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Feb 2014 5:52PM
One of your very best.. Absolutely stunning!
11 Feb 2014 6:02PM
Wow! I am really impressed! Superb documentary captures in great detail and from excellent points of view, Colleen! Great work that deserve every one of these awards!
11 Feb 2014 6:06PM
Another super set Colleen, VERY well captured indeed.Smile

John Smile
Great set of this beautiful leopard and its dinner.
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 7:07PM
A wonderful set, what an experience to have the opportunity to photograph it.Smile

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 7:19PM
Ten User Awards each and everyone given to the perfect set of images Colleen. It was certainly waiting all day to see them Images 1-5 superb...

Well done

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
11 Feb 2014 7:24PM
Very impressive, Colleen, both the captures by yourself and the ability of the leopard to get its kill up there.

Great set of images, Colleen. V1 is my fave.

11 Feb 2014 8:06PM
Impressive and fascinating set.
11 Feb 2014 8:11PM
Wow! A stunning series Colleen. Definitely up there with your best. V1 is my favourite.
Well done on all the awards, so well deserved GrinGrinGrinGrin

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:18PM
You've documented this so well Colleen! Brilliant stuff! Congrats on all your awards - all well deserved.
11 Feb 2014 9:37PM
Amazing shots Colleen. Cathy
12 Feb 2014 1:14AM
Superb wildlife photography. Brilliantly composed and presented.Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more.
This is a great set of images, Colleen. Too bad no one else has noticed.

nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
12 Feb 2014 5:06AM
Wow! What a luncheon. Super shots, well deserved the awards.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 8:47AM
I'm really sorry that I missed these marvellous images Colleen. They surely deserve everyone of those awards and more. As I missed it I can't give my award but it certainly would have had it!
12 Feb 2014 4:25PM
Well , a huge amount of awards votes and comments.--- Exceptionally realistic images ! Great wildlife photography ! --- My favourite is V1.- I would have given my award too ,but its too late for that.--- Congratulations , Colleen! SUPERB.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
12 Feb 2014 5:24PM
A wonderful set of images of this beautiful big cat with her kill, I guess these would go under the category of breakfast as that was the time of day when these shots were taken!Smile
Beautiful and very impressive !
13 Feb 2014 3:36AM
Colleen, this set is better than National Geographic! What an amazing set of images.
Wish I had more UA. Awesome work!
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 5:15AM
Amazing sequence of events captured Collen... What an impressive animal... Nature at it's best! WOW!
13 Feb 2014 11:31PM
A Truly Cracking set of Shot's
4 3 7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 4:12PM
These are amazing animals and their strength never ceases to amaze me. Superb Cheetah image and great images in shoeing what they do bestGrin
Franko59 5 3 2 England
17 Feb 2014 8:57PM
Hi Colleen I`ve not been on ephoto for a while so I`ve got some catching up to do!! This is superb I am really envious of the place you live! Keep up the great work!Wink,,,, regards Ian
19 Feb 2014 10:18PM
Wonderful wildlife photos Colleen (Missed these images earlier)Grin

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