THE HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE LEOPARD

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We woke up at daybreak to hunt the leopard. They are the most elusive animals to track down and you could spend the whole day out in the jungle without seeing them. There were two Landrovers (one was ours) going in circles over the terrain that consisted of tall grass, clumps of trees and rocky outcrops – we zigged and zagged here and there with no success until our tracker finally pointed to a clearing where we stopped and waited….and waited. Suddenly, the golden brown grass moved as if something was slitherling unseen until it parted slowly and there she was! Moving gracefully, she stopped on her tracks, blinked at the sun and stared at us. I was so mesmerized that I forgot to shoot her sitting there right in front of the 4×4’s hood. She got up and walked past us and that was the only time I remembered to click the shutter. After a few minutes she was gone….heading straight into the thick foliage once again.

(Shot with a Nikon D80 with 18-135mm kit lens in Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa)

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