My heart pounded with adrenaline as our eyes met through the camera lens. Resting comfortably atop a tree, we finally spotted this prize animal after days of searching as they are hard to find. Their coats often blend into the leaves before they deadly pounce on their prey. During the shoot, it never took his eyes off me as I pointed the lens towards it. Knowing the lions fear them was enough for me to join the club. Shooting from the top of the Land Rover, with a 300 mm lens, I felt safe as the bulge in this leopard's stomach reduced my fear that it was still hungry. Nonetheless, The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it frequently hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas.
November 7th, 2020
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