Male Leopard in road near fire

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Florida, U.S.A.)

Leopard with sun behind

Leopard with sun behind

In September of 2011, there was a significant fire in Etosha which burned large portions of the park. Sherry and I had just left the Goas water hole, where we had to stop shooting a leopard in order to get back to camp before the gates closed. (this is not the leopard with the porcupine) when we came upon a large male leopard lying in the road with the sun partially obscured by smoke and smoke rising behind him. We stopped and were able to get a few photos before he got up (note he looks like he had recently eaten) and wandered off into the bush. We then continued back to Halali arriving about 5 minutes before the deadline. This sighting was about 1K from the Halali entrance.

Two leopards within 15 minutes in Etosha was very unexpected. Wonder what will happen this year...?

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Jan 05, 2012
Is this a snow leopard?
by: Terence

Hard to believe these photos were taken in a desert with all the white around the leopard. Great shots!

Jan 04, 2012
by: Jenny

Again such stunning pictures, yes you can see he has just eaten not just because of his full stomach, but also the pinkish tinge around his mouth in the last pic. I do love the first pic where you have captured the filtered sun and brilliant colour!

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