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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-12-27 5:39
Viewed: 258
Points: 10
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Leopard [Panthera pardus]

I have captured this Leopard at Kruger National Park at about 4.30am, during our staying at Shingwedzi Rest Camp. He made a kill of an Impala and was busy to finish it. My wife and I were captured a lot of pictures, spending almost 2 hours.

Leopards have black spots arranged in rosettes, contrasted on a yellow-golden background. They have single black spots on their limbs and head. Their tails are white tipped on the underside. This Cat is larger and stockier built than the Cheetah. Their head and body length is 1.6 - 2.1 m, and the tail is 0.68-1.1 m. Females are smaller and weigh 17-60 Kg whereas males weigh 20-90 Kg. Their standing height is 700-800 mm at the shoulders. This nocturnal predator is the second largest of Africa's large Cats.
A varied diet ensures that the Leopard is able to adjust to just about anything. Although Leopards generally feed on medium and small antelopes, they have also have been known to feed on Hyrax, Baboon, Fox, fish and reptiles. There are even accounts of Leopards living off a diet of insects and rodents in times of scarcity. Leopards are so adaptable that they have even been known to survive on the outskirts of towns and villages

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-12-27 13:09]

Hi Srikumer,i never seen one in my life,a lucky meeting in Kruger park and the best way to take this opportunity. The location on the trees and the quality of sharpness makes the difference,another top class pic from your trip there. I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks,Luciano

Hi Sri,
Beautiful shot, in spite of the dull background excellent both technically and composition-wise. Lucky and at the same time scary meeting, great documentation of the last bites of the breakfast. :-) Thanks for sharing, have a prosperous new year. Kind regards, László

Hello Srikumar,
Amazing details and colors as usual. Very nice composition with this gorgeous and rare mammal feeding.
Happy New Year !!!

Hi Great capture and nice details and composition.
Ciao Deffra

Hi Srikumar,

The tree and the branch are framing well the animal. The point of view is showing with precision the details of the Leopard. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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