Wild Eye Expedition and Tour Leader
A male leopard atop a broken tree branch with his kill firmly gripped in his muzzle, watches as hyenas circle below.
Now, this is not a real common sight. If you look a little deeper you’ll come to realize this leopard’s intent on moving this kill to another tree. Why move it with hyenas below & especially when the tree you already have is perfectly good enough?
We came across this male leopard the day before. He was shy & we did not view for long before leaving. We also noticed he had a kill in the tree above & decided to come back the following morning to see how he’d react when viewed from a distance (this image was shot at 400mm). As we stopped there the following morning this whole scene played out.
He seemed tense & after standing like this for a while he moved back up the tree trunk. I instructed my guests to be as quiet as possible & to not take any photo’s. The shutter sound of a pro DSLR is very loud (as opposed to the quiet mirrorless cameras like Sony).
The leopard then decided he’d had enough & much to my surprise grabbed his impala kill & leapt out of the tree & sprinted to a tree about 80 meters to the back. He caught the hyenas off guard & comfortably re-hoisted the carcass before the hyenas got close.
We then left him to be & my guests enjoyed a magnificent sighting. They learnt that not all animals are habituated & uses to the vehicles. Sometimes you have to be very quiet & you have to minimize movement. Sometimes this even means putting your beloved camera down. At the end of the day it’s all about the best interest of the animal.
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