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One of the highlights of my recent return to the Sth Luangwa was our discovery of this leopard cub den site tucked away in this large fallen log surrounded by heavy croton thicket.
Getting a clear shot is never easy with leopards particularly on this occasion. These were two 4 week old cubs, one male, one female, certainly the youngest I have witnessed in all my travels to the dark continent.
It took a while for the pair to gain our confidence, but when they did we were rewarded with some special images, a time not easily forgotten, especially when the very protective mother returned!

4.37pm
I'm vicious!

D3s 500VR 1/800s f/5.6 ISO1600. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia









5.51pm
You'll notice the branch has some bite marks and bark removed, they were using this as a teething ring!
Also note the cub's scratches top left corner.

D3s 500VR 1/100s f/4 ISO6400. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia









Here the very cute little female is pushing her brother around!
(The light is diminishing fast)

D3s 500VR 1/50s f/4 ISO6400. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia











4.45pm. (On another visit)
This young, skittish and very protective mum was none too pleased that we had discovered her den site with her two, 4 week old cubs.
With her tailing flicking nervously back and forth I had an uneasy feeling and sure enough she started snarling viscously and promptly charged our vehicle,stopping fortuitously at the fallen log!
Brian's (my guide) girlfriend, leapt from the front of the (no door) vehicle into the back, thinking she wasn't going to stop, I lay behind the protection of my viewfinder and still kept my finger on the shutter firing away, I wasn't going to miss this (possible) once in a lifetime opportunity!
After this excitement, and everyone had collected their senses.........we got the message and promptly left.


D3s 500VR 1/1000s f/5.6 ISO800. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia










D3s 500VR 1/400s f/5.6 ISO800. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia










D3s 500VR 1/400s f/5.6 ISO800. Almost F/F. Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia









C & C most welcome

Cheers
Marc





Mar 16, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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Great shots, such beautiful animals. Very special images indeed!


Mar 16, 2012 at 06:39 AM
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Wow! Some great captures and wall hangers here.


Mar 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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Brilliant! Would love to have these in my collection. Both the cubs and the aggressive mom are special shots.
Eric



Mar 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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Wonderful set. Glad you were there to capture the images.


Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Amazing photos!! Nice work.


Mar 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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you've gotten some excellent images Marc


Mar 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
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Mom is NOT happy with you!!!!!! Wonderful series!!!

RWW



Mar 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
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Very good stuff of the cubs -- a rare find. Cheers, Andrew


Mar 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
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Great find and very nicely captured with great colors and some captivating poses. the Mom Snarling, especially in the last, is worthy of a frame for sure
Larry



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great pics and story to go with.


Mar 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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Awesome set!


Mar 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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Cool shots Marc, thanks for sharing
David



Mar 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
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Astonishing! #2 is my favorite because of the terrific composition.

Nancy



Mar 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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Fantastic pictures and story.

I really enjoyed them, the second pictures is my favorite.

Thank you for sharing.

Marcelo





Mar 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
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Everything about that 5th pic is amazing! the cubs are cute...but I love the ferocity of that mom!


Mar 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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Many thanks for the positive comments guys, much appreciated.

Cheers
Marc



Mar 18, 2012 at 05:57 AM
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The shots are great and the action is excellent.

How many of you in the car had to change their pants after this episode?



Mar 18, 2012 at 06:10 AM
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Wow, I like them all but the last one is my favorite

-Tim



Mar 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM
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Great story and great pics. You very lucky to see this. I had a scarey moment in Botswana when for no apparent reason a lioness started following the vehicle and looking intently up at me on the back seat. For a few moments I thought she was going to end up in the vehicle with us but then she changed her mind and turned away. You can feel very vulnerable in the back of an open vehicle


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