Leopard fever!

by Tony & Carol Dilger
(UK)

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We have seen leopards many times in the Park, but a recent visit rewarded us with our best ever sighting. We had not seen a single leopard in three weeks and were beginning to think we would miss out this time. So we followed up a reported sighting from the previous day and headed for Transport Dam. On arrival, we were greeted by an excited couple, who immediately showed us the backs of their cameras, revealing a young male leopard they had come across on the dirt road leading to the dam.


We returned to stake out the dirt road, stopping on a long straight where we could see some distance down the road and with a small herd of impala nearby, felt about as confident as one can with this species. After an hour of straining our eyes into the distance, we happened to notice a leopard standing alongside, also straining his eyes down the road.

Some close shots were soon obtained and our excitement mounted as he moved round the back of our car and into the bush, in order to conceal his approach. We moved up the road towards the unsuspecting impala knowing this could be a unique opportunity. As we did so, the leopard appeared again beside us, walking by the car on the blind side. Clever cat.

Nearing the impala he stopped, and we moved forward and swung round to a broadside position to photograph whatever came next. Peering through the bush, the leopard suddenly caught clear sight of the impala and immediately went into stealth mode, stalking across the road in front of our cameras at point blank range.

It was one of those moments when you just keep your finger on the button, you couldn't get a bad shot. I counted 20 frames, every one a cracker. After this, we couldn't help ourselves...we saw leopards every day for a week. A severe case of leopard fever!

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Jul 04, 2014
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Very Nice
by: Bob Shepardson

Excellent capture

May 13, 2014
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Superb Images!
by: Peter

I love the low angle, well done.

May 10, 2014
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Well done
by: Jen

Wow what great shots with some clever moves to get the shot, well done.

May 10, 2014
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Super shots
by: Bob Shepardson

Congratulations on some super shots.

May 07, 2014
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Excellent stalking pics!
by: Neil

It's not often you get to see a leopard stalking so well done on positioning yourself to get the front view!

May 07, 2014
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That's how the bush goes...
by: Alan

...it's either feast or famine or in your case famine and feast!! Great images!

May 07, 2014
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What amazing pics!
by: Mario

Tony & Carol - thank you for an exciting story with excellent images to go with it!

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