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| p.1 #1 · Night stalkers+2 added images (warning animal predation) |
I love night drives in Africa. You never know what will pop up and because visibility is limited it usually does so much more quickly and unexpectedly than in the daytime. In the old days (I never thought I'd ever use that term the rangers would use white lights to spot animals and photography was possible even though not great. Now, almost all use red lights which allows one to view but not really photograph at night.
So here are a few night shots of some of the leopards I have come across...almost all taken with flash and the first couple are slide film conversions (hear that Charlie...slide film!)
1 Poor reedbuck caught by a leopard with headlight lighting only
2 Same scene...flash used
4 Rangers often look for drag marks on the road as a sign of a leopard kill...now you can see how those occur
5 Crouching in the grass...we watched this leopard stalk prey for about 1/2 hour...unsuccessfully
6 One of my favorite leopard images of all time...taken with only side light from the vehicle. This little girl was only feet from the vehicle. We followed her for hours
7 We heard, more than saw the kill as it happened right in front of us but we had turned off the vehicle's lights to make for a fairer fight....the video is pretty cool as you hear lots of running but nothing visible.
This is a spring hare...not really a hare but a rodent...often referred to as a bush kangaroo as it hops about on its hing legs. The leopard quickly brought it up the tree as it was being tailed by a hyena.
8 One of my earlier images, from 2004...we really shouldn't have been out much past sunset but was lucky to catch this guy right before heading back to camp
Couple of added shots that were prompted by Don's mention of being careful with branches in the foreground with flash. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what was screwing up the pix until it dawned on me that it was the branches...so first is one at very high iso (for 2007 that is) and no flash and then a few minutes later when only a flash would suffice.
9 Leopard with remains of predated African Wild Cat...a very unusual prey item...the kill was witnessed by another vehicle
10 I actually find this image quite disturbing as it shows the paw of the African Wild Cat about to be eaten...Something about what my son and I call "Catabalism" that is just not right.
Edited on Mar 23, 2013 at 01:08 PM · View previous versions