Thlutwa leopard

by Dustin van Helsdingen
(Rustenburg, South Africa)

Leopard coming down tree

Leopard coming down tree

28 December 2014 driving along Kgama Drive looking for Rain (female cheetah),I receive news of a leopard seen in a tree on Thlutwa Drive. I decided to take my chance and take the drive to the north of the Park,hoping the leopard will stick around. I was delighted to find the leopard still in the tree once I arrived, but disappointed at the same time - 20 odd cars at the sighting means no way of getting close for a better view. Little did I know this was a blessing in disguise......20 minutes later this leopard decided to come down the tree. Right in line with my door about 15m away, there is a broken tree branch,can it be? YES! The leopard walks up to the branch,jumps to the top and walks to the bottom. I am blessed with an awesome sighting and managed to get this photo that I will treasure for always!

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Apr 26, 2015
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Thanks all
by: Anonymous

Thank you Lawrence


Apr 26, 2015
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Great shot
by: Lawrence

One of the best leopard pics we've seen

Mar 08, 2015
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Brilliant pic!
by: Norman

Pilanesberg is notorious for their lack of leopard sightings so to get this image was a great achievement!

Mar 02, 2015
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Amazing!
by: Jean

Great composition and you managed to get the whole tail in! Many photogs crop the tail and the image is spoiled.

Mar 02, 2015
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THANK YOU
by: Dustin

Thanks all for your comments, I was truly blessed with this sighting.

Mar 02, 2015
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What a cool image
by: mike

You couldn't have planned this better if you'd tried - composition is perfect!

Mar 02, 2015
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Nice shot!
by: Alan

Truly blessed with such an awesome shot!

Mar 02, 2015
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Stunning
by: Jenny

Hi Dustin, what a fantastic sighting and I love the story. It is always a challenge trying to by pass other cars to get a decent photograph...well done right place and perfect timing.

Mar 01, 2015
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WOW
by: mario

Thanks for sharing this super image Dustin! Leopards are not easy to find in the Pilanesberg so well done on being in the right place and time!

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