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THE LEOPARD - Panthera pardus - Luiperd by Magaret Meintjes

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CAPTURED LOCATION: The Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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Camera Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/800 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

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THE LEOPARD – Panthera pardus
These solitary cats are the largest of the spotted cats of Africa. The weight of an adult male is about 60kg and the female about 30kg. The leopards of the mountains of the southern and South Western Cape tend to be smaller. There is considerable color variation over their range from India to Southern Africa.
The so-called ‘black leopard’ is more common in India, Somalia, Ethiopia and Zaire and has also been encountered in South Africa.
Leopards are silent, secretive animals, whose vocalization is a hoarse, rasping cough, repeated at intervals. They move in a casual loping stride, or they may make off at a bouncing gallop, changing to a frost trot. All of their senses are well-developed as their efficient hunting reveals. They like to lie out on high vantage points in the mornings or late evenings, where they may watch for prey. They have a wide habitat tolerance, but prefer forest and the more hilly areas with rocky prominences and hiding places, bushy areas, and tall grass with associated rocky places. They are also found in arid areas, where they will hide up in deserted Ant bear holes. True desert areas are unsuitable, but they may penetrate these areas along treed water-courses.
They are sometimes killed by Lion, Hunting dogs, Spotted Hyenas and crocodiles. The young by hyenas and jackals. Litters of one to six, usually three to four, altricial cubs are produced in caves or other sheltered places with plenty of cover. After about four months they will begin to accompany their mother and make their first kill at about five months.
An extremely wide range of animal food is utilized. They are notorious man-eaters in certain parts of the world, but this is very rare in this sub-region. The major prey taken seems to be small and medium sized antelope, such as adult kudu, wildebeest and hartebeest. Baboons are a favored fare, although leopards have serious trouble with the baboon troops if they foolishly attack a member of the clan too openly. Such animals as bush pigs and warthogs are taken as are jackals. Their liking for the domestic dog is notorious and places, such as the town of Kariba in Zimbabwe, have a distinct absence of these domestic pets. Unusual fare is snakes, porcupines, fish, domestic stock, birds such as guinea fowl, rats, mice and also carrion.
The strength of the leopard is clearly shown in their habit of dragging a very heavy kill up into high branches of a tree to protect it from other scavengers.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 6 years ago

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 6 years ago

    Stunning capture !

  • Thank you so much dear Steven for a wonderful comment as always, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    What a beauty this leopard is! Another great lesson from you Mags! – Cora

  • Thank you so much Cora so glad and happy you enjoyed it ! hug xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockabout 6 years ago

    oooo wow… Gorgeous!

  • That is the most inspiring and kind comment Steve, thank you so much ! take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergabout 6 years ago

    Phew! How’s this for a shot !
    Nice one mags. And a youngster too.

  • Thank you dear friend, yes the mother was there as well, managed to get a shot in on her as well. Take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    outstanding shot mags, hes beautiful,dawnx

  • What a kind and inspiring comment, thank you my dear friend xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • J Leslie  Booth
    J Leslie Boothabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Mags! Equally fine write up. I really enjoy it when photographers take a fine photo and then provide and in-depth info sheet on the subject. Not just the usual photo info, but background on the subject matter and interesting useful details on it’s environment, conditions or other mind expanding information. Please! Educate On!

  • Thank you so much Leslie, that really is such a kind and very inspiring comment, really appreciate it! take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • shanemcgowan
    shanemcgowanabout 6 years ago

    aww tis just too precious mags!!!!

  • Thank you so much Shane, comments like that just pumps the energy! take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 6 years ago

    Incredible shot of this magnificent animal- great work Mags!!!

  • Thank you my dearest friend, again you put new life and laughter into my day, take care, big hug xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • down23
    down23about 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture! Gorgeous!!!!

  • Thank you so much for your time and kind comment, eally appreciate it ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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