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29 January 2007 @ 07:22 pm
The little big cat experience  
Big cats in Southern India come either in spots or stripes. While I've seen the striped kind several times, the spotted kind have always eluded me. Until now, that is. We thought we were done for the evening - the day's catch included several herds of elephants, gaur, several birds and a really friendly mongoose. At sharp six, as if we had an appointment with his highness, we met him at a crossing. He was surprised by our presence, but was arrogant enough to stand his ground and look into our eyes - exactly what we wanted! He did that for a brief couple of seconds and walked away, calmly and with total disdain, across the road and into the forests on the other side. I managed a photograph of him though and I should say I've been very lucky to get a crisp and clear image considering the fact that I had a non-VR lens and the light was fading quickly. :)

His Royal Highness, the leopard king of Balle, Nagarhole!

Zeeshan Nofilzeeshanmn on January 29th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Big cats in India come either in spots or stripes.

The Asiatic lion, Gir?
Yathinyathin on January 29th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
They are spots! But you're right - should edit post, the spots are hardly noticeable. :)
depontideponti on January 29th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
congrats on your first leopard Yathin!
Yathinyathin on January 30th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
Thank You!
Shivakumarshivakumar_l on January 29th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
Congrats yathin -- this has come out toooo good.
Wish you more cat sightings in future.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on January 29th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe he was feeling bad that he had forgot HIS camera to capture the wildlife!
ashbirderashbirder on January 29th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)

Margaretrivendweller on January 29th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
Beautiful creature, and great photograph!
kejnkejn on January 29th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
ex_neke on January 29th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
He's gorgeous. :D
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on January 30th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
You are on a spree! congrats.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on January 30th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on January 30th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
very cool..
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on January 30th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Great capture - my three sightings till now have been totally un-photoworthy.... =D>
Preethifiveonehalf on January 30th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
wow! Beautiful capture
ajat: Andre Nelajat on January 30th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Aww, babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !


Hey, ever held little leopards ? Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww !
Yathinyathin on January 30th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
> Hey, ever held little leopards ?

Nopes. not yet. :(
ajatajat on January 30th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
I think that was a queen, really. Or maybe a youngish male ?
Yathinyathin on January 30th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Nopes - he was a fairly big male. One of the largest in the area - though he looks small in the photograph.