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Spotted at night - a leopard comes too close for comfort

I was working in Sri Lanka to film leopards at night (Panthera pardus kotiya, IUCN Threatened). I used infrared lights and cameras in order to remain hidden and allow me to capture the natural nocturnal behaviour of the worlds biggest leopards. Most of the time the cats were unaware of our presence, but this juvenile seemed particularly curious and approached within a few metres allowing me to capture this moment as it stared directly into the back of our vehicle. The infrared camera allowed me to bring out the details of the cats markings and the look of intent in his eyes. Leopards can jump five metres in one bound and he was well within leaping distance. We flashed an umbrella which startled him just enough that he headed off into the night.

TAGS: Infrared, Leopard, Predator, Sri Lanka

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© Paul Williams.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2013
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2015, 5:35 p.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO1000
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