Be Inspired By Leopards

Be Inspired By: Leopards

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 5 Comments

Last week’s Be Inspired By theme was leopards and a huge amount of images were shared on the Wild Eye Facebook page!

If you don’t know how it works, every Friday we post the theme, along with a number of images from the Wild Eye team, to the Facebook page and then it’s over to you guys to share YOUR images.  The following Monday we will then post a number of our favourite images on the blog.

It was very tough choosing our favourites this week as there were so many amazing images so when you’re done looking through the images below why not visit the various photographers Facebook pages and check out more of their work?

Right, let’s get to it.  Here are our 10 favourite images from last week!

Be Inspired By:  Leopards

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Image by Donna Michiel

“Taken at Okonjima Reserve, Namibia in November 2014. Such an incredible animal, we only got to see a few on our trip, so this was a highlight.”

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Image by Fred von Winckelmann Wildlife Photography

“Golden morning moment of one of Savute’s fishing leopards! Hardly to believe but light conditions and pose were just what I dreamed of.”

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Image by Dusty’s Photography

“27 December 2014, searching for Rain (female cheetah) in Pilanesberg National Park, I received word that a leopard has been spotted in a tree on Thlutwa Drive.
I took my chance and drove to the location, fingers crossed. I was relieved when I finally arrived to still find the leopard in the tree, but also disappointed in the amount of vehicles at the sighting. There was just no way of getting close, little that I know that this was a blessing in disguise.

I decided to stick around and wait no matter how long to see what happens. After about 20 minutes of observing the leopard through my binoculars, things changed dramatically – she came down the tree and started walking in the direction of my vehicle. In line with my driver’s window about 15m away, there was a thick branch on the ground. She got onto the branch and posed, before coming down it and vanishing into one of the drainage lines. A truly blessed sighting of this magnificent creature and a sighting that I will treasure forever.”

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Image by Nyamazane Photography

“A young Leopard shakes off rain water from her coat, much to the displeasure of her mother.”

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Image by Sheila’s Africa

“This is the reason I just love cats!! They have a mind of their own and always keep you on your toes. This beauty was definitely not going to abide by my wishes, just flopped down and snoozed on with the sun’s last rays touching that beautiful dappled coat. Last photo of this kitty, before we decided to go back to Shitlhave dam.”

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Image by MG-Naturepics Photography

“Leopard in Moremi.”

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Image by Leigh Eggers

“One of my favourite leopard images, mainly because of how it stands out against the green colouring of the bush at the time.Yes, it was that green!

Taken on the S65 in Kruger early one morning in April 2014. It was our last day of our stay, and we headed down one of our favourite roads. I spotted this young leopard walking in the grass about 50 metres into the bush before disappearing. While looking for it in the distance, I glanced down to the bush on my right, and there it was peering through the grass right next to the vehicle!

Sneaky!  It crossed the road and walked behind this grassy knoll and I finally managed to get a few shots before it walked off again.

Taken with my Nikon D3000 and Sigma 150-500mm lens (this was my first trip with this lens and I loved getting in close for a change!).”

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Image by Sherry Mckelvie

“I photographed this leopard on a recent trip to Ndutu in the Serengeti with Marlon du Toit. It was evening, just before heading back to camp. It was special for me as I have lived in Africa (Uganda) for 25 years and had never sighted a leopard in a tree!

In colour, the image was quite dull, so I decided to go for a B&W instead. I just love the way he has chosen a perfect branch to relax completely, with a chin-rest and a place for each leg!”

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Image by Janine Malan

“I captured this beauty in Thornybush recently. Nothing beats watching a relaxed leopard. She was just about to feed on her impala kill.”

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Image by Simon Smit Photography

“A young male leopard burst up a dead tree and disturbed a vulture, this was one of the best sightings I have had of one of these elusive cats.”

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Thanks to everybody who shared their leopard images this week!  Awesome to see so many great pics of one of Africa’s most elusive subjects.

Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Until next time.

Gerry

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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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  1. Fred von Winckelmann

    Thank you Gerry and WE team being chosen amongst these leopard images . It was one of the themes that I really loved to do (love them all btw) knowing how hard it can be to track leopards and how lucky you must be sometimes….so it motivated me gearing up the images again !
    Thank you for the expertise!

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