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p.1 #1 · Unusual sighting


Leopards are known to be opportunistic hunters. They will take almost any prey and that is what allows them to be the most successful of all the big cats. But imagine how surprised we were to find a leopard in the tree tops feeding on a vulture. Now, we didn't see the kill occur and so I don't know where exactly the kill was made. Since there was no nest I don't think this was a juvenile snatched from a nest and it looks like the carcass is a bit high to have been stashed there so I suspect it was killed there. Maybe the leopard took advantage of some roosting vultures that were there from a previous kill.
So, while not the greatest images, sometimes documentary shots add to our understanding of predator-prey relationships.
Eric

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Jul 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #2 · Unusual sighting


Awesome documentary images Eric. Now, were there gun shots before you got there, ?

Khai



Jul 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #3 · Unusual sighting


Eric, what a great find


Jul 12, 2012 at 01:49 AM
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p.1 #4 · Unusual sighting


WOW Ed


Jul 12, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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p.1 #5 · Unusual sighting


It he dry environs, it seems the cat was getting sufficient moisture. Good looking, and interesting set Eric.


Jul 12, 2012 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #6 · Unusual sighting


so cool Eric
thanks for posting this
HaI



Jul 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
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p.1 #7 · Unusual sighting


Major_K wrote:
Awesome documentary images Eric. Now, were there gun shots before you got there, ?

Khai

Khai, we were certainly lucky to see this but I often wonder what other amazing things I've missed by seconds or just taking a left instead of a right.
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
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p.1 #8 · Unusual sighting


tfoltz wrote:
Eric, what a great find

Thanks Tim...we waited over an hour hoping the leopard would come down and hunt some impala that were nearby...no such luck so we left it high in the tree with its bird lunch.
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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p.1 #9 · Unusual sighting


Ed Robertson wrote:
WOW Ed

Thanks Ed...glad you liked them
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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p.1 #10 · Unusual sighting


KCollett wrote:
It he dry environs, it seems the cat was getting sufficient moisture. Good looking, and interesting set Eric.

The cats can get most of the moisture they need from the blood of their prey. However they often will go for a drink after eating lots of protein...so guides will head to a nearby waterhole after watching lions or leopards finish a kill. Glad you liked them.
Eric



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p.1 #11 · Unusual sighting


Haifisch M3 wrote:
so cool Eric
thanks for posting this
HaI

Thanks Hai...I am always amazed what nature delivers.
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:17 AM
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p.1 #12 · Unusual sighting


Excellent find, thanks for posting.

Have to admit I was wondering how the leopard got an elephant up the tree (#1 - don't look too close)



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #13 · Unusual sighting


Does KFV do home delivery? Nice shots, nice documentation, and the leopard looks pleased.
---John



Jul 12, 2012 at 03:35 AM
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p.1 #14 · Unusual sighting


What a wonderful documentary series!

Birdie



Jul 12, 2012 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #15 · Unusual sighting


love your cats Eric .. great set


Jul 12, 2012 at 07:14 AM
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p.1 #16 · Unusual sighting


Frogfish wrote:
Excellent find, thanks for posting.

Have to admit I was wondering how the leopard got an elephant up the tree (#1 - don't look too close)

Hehe, I think a crane and not a crowned crane. would be needed for a haul that size.
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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p.1 #17 · Unusual sighting


jdc562 wrote:
Does KFV do home delivery? Nice shots, nice documentation, and the leopard looks pleased.
---John

I think this one is supersized and original recipe too! Thanks
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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p.1 #18 · Unusual sighting


birdied wrote:
What a wonderful documentary series!

Birdie

Thanks Roberta...one never knows what one can see in Africa.
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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p.1 #19 · Unusual sighting


kmunroe wrote:
love your cats Eric .. great set

Thanks Ken...lumped the cats and the birds together to appeal to more of the avian crowd
Eric



Jul 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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p.1 #20 · Unusual sighting


Fantastic record shots buddy
It almost sounds like the Leopard is the Bald Eagle of the jungle the way it will eat anything that crosses it's path

Tom



Jul 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM
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