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Here are a few of my favorite images of the African Leopard.



Golden hour ascent

6.19am and the 3 yr old male leopard known as "Moyo" climbs a tree to a beautiful golden hour sunrise,

opportunities like this happen very rarely and was thrilled to capture him in such an iconic pose and soft golden light.

Ruaha Nat Park- TZ.


Nikon D5

Nikkor 70-200FL f/2.8

f/4

1/1000s

ISO1000@ 100mm.










In his prime


Early Golden Hour and a big male Leopard called Olaro poses supremely as he strides confidently across the Lamai plains.

Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

1/1600s

f/4

-0.33EV

ISO140.







Leopard scout


I was most fortunate for this image to be honored with 2nd place in "Nature's Best" African Landscapes category 2018.


High atop Soit Le Montonyi (Vultures Rock) in Tanzania's Serengeti NP, a female leopard stepped out of her lair. Having just nursed and fed her two 8-week old cubs, she paused on her elevated platform as if to ponder another beautiful sunset in the Serengeti.

She was born here.

Subsequently the safety of the same rock had proved to be an appropriate birth place and den site for her two cubs.

Having seen her more than once at this very spot over a 14 day period, I waited for a night with partial cloud so that the sunset would cast its heavenly rays to enhance her descending silhouette.

Opportunities like this rarely present themselves, so I was extremely grateful for the stars to align on this particular evening.

Eastern Serengeti-TZ


Nikon D5

Nikkor 70-200FL f/2.8

f/4

1/1400s

ISO560@ 100mm.







Taking the trunk route


A Leopardess known as Furaha descends a giant baobab. The structure of these unique upside down trees enables plenty of toe-holds for these agile skilled climbers. Note the damage to the base here, caused by Ele's stripping the outer layers. I love the way this back view gives such a clear look at the straining muscles and varying skin patterns. in her rock-wall like descent.

Ruaha NP-Tanzania


Nikon D3s

Nikkor 80-400 f/4-5.6

f/5.6

1/320s

ISO4000@ 240mm.









Return to the kill


A male leopard returns to his beautiful Rock Fig tree home and his prized baby zebra kill.

Kogatende, Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon D810

Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8

f/4

1/1250s

ISO180@ 40mm.









Stalking Impala


Early morning with the first rays of light penetrating, a leopardess on the shoulder of the track is out stalking a small herd of Impala.

Nsefu sector, South Luangwa Nat Park- Zambia


Nikon D5

Nikkor 180-400TC (engaged)

1/1600s

f/5.6

ISO640@ 500mm








Leapin' Leopard


The older I get the wider I shoot! ...........Sometimes we need to pan back and soak in the whole scene.

Eastern Serengeti- TZ


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8

1/1250s

f/6.3

+1EV

ISO1800@ 70mm








Stalking Zebra


Early evening and a 4 year old male Leopard is out stalking a small herd of Zebra.

Kogatende, Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon D500

Nikkor 500PF f/5.6

1/1250s

f/5.6

ISO400







Cheers

Marc



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One of the best sets Iíve seen lately. Impressive on every front.


Feb 21, 2024 at 06:49 AM
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Enjoyable, educational set with closeups and environmental images. The "Stalking Impala" is the standout for me. The crouched position, full face, and lighting make it the winner.


Feb 21, 2024 at 08:22 AM
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Awesome!

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Feb 21, 2024 at 08:29 AM
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Spectacular set! I love the ones that capture not just the leopards but also the beauty of the environment.
Thanks for sharing.

Richard



Feb 21, 2024 at 08:30 AM
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Stunning set, thanks for sharing. "In His Prime" is a fantastic portrait of a beautiful animal - John Oliver wouldn't be able to control himself! Of course "Leopard Scout" takes the cake for overall drama. "Return To The Kill" resonates for me with the perfect composition and Bf&W conversion.



Feb 21, 2024 at 08:58 AM
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Amazing images.

Phil



Feb 21, 2024 at 09:01 AM
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Beautiful series. Thanks for sharing.


Feb 21, 2024 at 01:21 PM
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What a great series!!

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Feb 21, 2024 at 01:44 PM
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Wow ! Superb set

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Totally Bookmarked


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Great set - that first one looks like it was fresh out of Nat Geo


Feb 21, 2024 at 02:52 PM
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WOW!
All absolutely stunning!!



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What incredible series, wow!


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Beautiful leopard set. A range of captures from environmental to portrait. All wonderful.

Dave



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superb set, Marc. good to see you posting again in FM


Feb 22, 2024 at 01:34 AM
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Awesome set showing the behavior of leopard that are rarely captured. I love "Leopard scout" the most but the rest are also stunning. Thanks for sharing.


Feb 22, 2024 at 02:46 AM
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All amazing shots ! Love the way you worked the environment into the comps. Beautiful work and a joy to view.
Gary



Feb 22, 2024 at 08:15 AM
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Your photos are a joy to view Mark

Morris



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