Amazing first light Leopard Sighting!
In the early morning we stoped at Lamount water hole after seeing two eyes underneath a thick bush it was spotted by one of our photography guests. Our surprise was when we saw the kill and the young Leopard with an impala leg coming down the tree in perfect light conditions. This was a sight to remember by all on board really and extraordinary sight for sure. At first I was very disappointed being so close but the female was behind the bush and we could not get a good clear shot and she was not to happy with our presence and the light was non existing so we waited....
After about 10 min suddenly we saw the cub emerging from the thick bush below a tree on the river bank very close to us and this is where the magic happened. The light came through the clouds and it had this reddish orange glow to it and with the river sand in the background it made ideal conditions for first light shooting. Quickly changing ISO and getting the shutter speed up as much as we could the following images was captured. With the use of the Gimpro Equipment fitted on the vehicle I shoot as low as 1/40th of a second so if the subject does not move in one or two of the 11 frames per second it works!
One of the Leopards came back a second time to the same spot so we had the chance to do it all over again. What can I say not every day that you get double luck on Leopards!
Here is a short video clip from the scene where you can hear the camera shutters going crazy taking some stunning shots of the Leopard sighting. If you like to join us on a Wildlife photographic safari in Kruger National Park with me Bernhard Bekker as your personal photographic guide please contact us via www.b1photosafaris.com