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Posted by Ravi Srinivasan (Singapore, Singapore) on 12 April 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A Leopardess at Kanha National Park

Leopards are much more difficult to spot in the Indian forests that tigers, since they stay high up on the dense trees and come down only during the night to hunt and scoot back up. The difference in sightings is so high, that forest entry books will certainly contain 2-3 tiger sightings everyday, while it sometimes takes 1-2 months for anyone to spot a leopard. So it was little wonder that after wildlif-ing for over a decade, I only had one quick glimpse of a leopard with no photograph to show for it.

That changed during my trip to Kanha, when I saw 3 leopards over a course of 3 days - a remarkably rare statistic. In fact, this leopardess even gave me the perfect resting-on-a-tree pose - I did not make any mistakes, and would count this amongst my best shots ever!

Canon 7D with Canon 100-400L. On a tripod mounted within the safari jeep.

Thanks a lot for all your comments! Am still very much a student of the science of photography, and your observation, technical or otherwise, helps me get a better grip on it. So do feel free to opine...


Canon EOS 7D
1/500 second
ISO 800
400 mm


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