16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Leopard resting on tree
I found this huge male Leopard in the forests of Kabini, the leopard capital of southern India, in one late afternoon after following spotted Deer calls. He drank water from a water body and climbed bit uphill before resting himself on a big tree log. He turned, twisted, sat up for some time and then settled down so calmly like this. It was such a peaceful and content posture, I totally loved to watch him. I was with my wife and 8 year old son, carrying one camera and my 500mm lens only. He was so close that my wife and son were happily shooting with their mobile phone and point-n-shoot cameras respectively while I was desperately trying to utilize every millimetre of space in the vehicle to frame as much with my 500mm. Then I decided to give up and focused on capturing the lazy moods of the magnificent animal.
The one thing I love about Leopards most is that they can climb trees; and they make it look so easy. Leopards spend a lot of their time on trees. Their spotted coat camouflages them, making them blend in with the leaves of the tree.
Location: Kabini, Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka State, India
© Mainak Ray.
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||Nov. 16, 2018, 1:39 a.m.
||Canon EOS 7D Mark II