Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:32 pm

My favourite animal.

French: Léopard, Panthère
Spanish: Leopardo, Pantera
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Panthera
Size Head-body length: 100 - 190 cm
Tail length: 70 - 95 cm
Shoulder height: 45 - 80 cm
Male weight: 30 - 70 kg
Female weight: 28 - 60 kg

* Supreme stealth and remarkable versatility
* Super predator
* Agile climber
* Acute vision and hearing
* Moves slowly and silently, frequently stalking to within metres of prey without being detected
* Can reach speeds of up to 60 kmph


We saw this magnificent specimen on the Phalaborwa - Letaba road in July 2011:

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How to spot a leopard - look for an unusual clump in a tree, with a weird looking stick (or two, i.e. one of the legs or both legs) pointing downwards. Proud to say I spot a leopard (near Mdlondozi) at this distance during January 2012 - third tree, far back...


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After a while it became restless, stood up and left.

Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:33 pm

One of my best Leopard sightings. I had this one visual for over two hours and sometimes it was right against my vehicle.

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A flying Leopard...

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Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:35 pm

Hey guys,

Please excuse some of the pics as I only got my first camera just over 4 years ago and it was a my boets old 4MP Panasonic , but I’m going to post a few pics anyway as I have records of what we have seen on most roads south of Letaba.

I will update as I go through the roads and omit many, as I have done with these roads, where the pics are too embarrassing to post. :roll:

H4-1

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H4-2

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H11

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S79

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S21

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H3

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H1-2

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S139

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S41

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S33

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Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:35 pm

Stunning pics Poplap, Sprocky & Bushcraft. \O

This female (at the time we were convinced it was a male as three of us thought we saw something that ID'd it as one, but they don't show up in the photos :shock: ) was stalking Impala close to Shingwedzi.

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And a male sat on a branch close to the road North of Mopani.
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Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:36 pm

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What's most important is that this was on a public road in the KNP during normal travelling hours we were alone from first sighting it on the log for a good 30 minutes untill the leopard left at last light.

Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:37 pm

My best LIT sighting - near Kumana Dam, KNP.

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Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:38 pm

Wow great shots all \O

A shot I have always wanted

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Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:38 pm

superb \O ... and where is the Leopard... in the sun ;-)

Re: Leopard

Wed May 23, 2012 5:39 pm

Yip where it should be for a shot like that \O -O -O -O -O

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Re: Leopard

Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:16 am

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