Surprised leopard

by Ian Evans
(Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

what are you doing out there?

what are you doing out there?

what are you doing out there?
balancing act

We had crisscrossed the magnificent KTP for 9 days in May 2015, because getting continuous bookings in an orderly sequence of camps had proved difficult, even months ahead. Out last day we had to drive back to Upington from Mata Mata to return our rental 4X4. As it was our very last day we had more or less given up seeing a leopard (had seen excellent lion and cheetah sightings). But a few cars were stopped on an unremarkable spot on the road and told us they had seen a leopard on the other side of the Aoub riverbed--a long way away. Then it started to cross the river bed and disappeared in a clump of trees. We waited a while, but it clearly wanted to disappear from all this human attention. So it found a nice thick clump of mixed camelthorn and bush to hide out in. Then it peered through the leaves and thorns, and, we think, to its surprise as well as ours, there we were parked immediately in front of the vegetation. What surprised us further when we looked at the images was the fact that he or she was balanced precariously on tiny little branches. We have seen leopards lying out on a nice thick horizontal tree branch a few time in the past, but never perched on just a few twigs!

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Nov 04, 2015
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I love that look
by: Roy

Never seen a surprised leopard before - nice capture

Nov 04, 2015
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Well done!
by: Jenny

Well done Ian what a sighting and nice pics too. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures of this amazing sighting with us.

Nov 03, 2015
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That is a surprised look!
by: Simon

Very cool sighting

Nov 03, 2015
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Nice sighting and images Ian!
by: mario

Leopards are very difficult to see in the Kgalagadi so well done on being patient - it paid off handsomely!!

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