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30 September 2009 @ 12:35 am
Little Big Cat!  
It is the littlest of Africa's big five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. The big five may have its origins in game hunting, but I'm pretty sure it was the most difficult one to get to even then as it is now to get to photograph or see. Anyway, I expected exactly zero leopard sightings on the trip. Besides being elusive and all that, the plains is probably just not the ideal place for a leopard. Trees and plants for protection and camouflage is what a leopard probably needs and the plains of the Serengeti doesn't not have too much of it. And that was perhaps the reason we saw two leopards - on the same day and in different places!

A sleepy leopard on a tree...

...and tourists everywhere to see it.

Earlier that day we saw a dead Thomson's Gazelle on a tree. Killed and eaten by a leopard.

After waiting patiently we spotted the cat that had done it. It was in the bushes not too far from its kill

It got bored of waiting for the tourists to go away and walked away towards a creek

Several hours later, the leopard was still in the area. This time under a tree with a herd of elephants in the neighborhood.

The sleepy leopard finally gets up and looks at the tourists who had assembled to see it.

Premnath Kudvapremkudva on September 30th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Wow very nice!
Mel: Heronkendokamel on September 30th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Very cool! (I like how comfy he looks in that first shot, straddling the branch. I wish I could do that, sometimes... just climb a tree and lay over a branch and nap. (; )
kejnkejn on September 30th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
just like the guy in the ads for my local public transport:


kejnkejn on September 30th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
gotta admire these skillful cats!
and the photographer, of course. :)
ZuZusuzan_s on September 30th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! I'm not jealous...I'm not, I'm not, I'm not.
Smithasmittenbyu on September 30th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
wow.. amazing! Just went to see the Leopards & Lions photography exhibit here at the National Geographic Museum - my second visit. Never tire looking at such majestic powerful beings!
summer_jackelsummer_jackel on September 30th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Magnificent. I love the shots that show how difficult it is to spot one of these cats, too. I love your photos!
depontideponti on September 30th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Wonderful images...thank you.
Subodhsubodhs on September 30th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Gory stuff but looks like Serengeti is tons of fun!
Aparna: Animalsinspirethoughts on October 1st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)

I am surprised people drove around with open vehicles. Dont the animals attack?
WigNesvighy on October 2nd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
shahnaz_kimi on October 7th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)