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Evening Leopard, Kruger National Park

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Olympus E-520, Olympus 70-300, 1/200, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 466 Sept 14, 2013

Africa never fails to surprise. Elusive, reclusive, nocturnal and just plain gorgeous, leopards (Panthera pardus) rank high on my wish list when I return to Africa. The fates must have been smiling on us, as this stunning cat was simply not interested in playing by usual leopard rules! We met him lying on the road in the glorious evening light. Instead of disappearing into the grass or thicket as would be so typical, this male decided to let us hang out with him for a full 20 minutes. As if offering a display on the art of camoflage and stealth, he set off on a hunt right before our eyes, returning to the road side upon being spotted and thwarted by his intended victims. Offering us a parting gift, he presented himself in the last glow of the evenings light, before disappearing into the fading light to resume his hunt.

Kruger national park, South Africa.

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