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    A leopard lies in the grass digesting a huge meal.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM at 400 mm, 1/250 sec at f/5, ISO 800

    A leopard endures an onslaught of annoying flies while waiting for hunger to strike again.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM at 200 mm, 1/400 sec at f/4, ISO 1600

    The pictures below are the graphic ones. You have been warned! Read the entire post…

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    Eye of the Leopard

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    A leopard approached our safari vehicle in South Africa's Mala Mala Game Reserve allowing close-up views and point-blank photographs of its intense and intimidating countenance.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM at 560 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

    On a trip to Southern Africa this September Alison and I were joined by our friends Greg and Meredith. Despite having been on previous safaris in Tanzania and South Africa, Greg and Meredith had never been fortunate enough to see a leopard in the wild. In an attempt to rectify that situation we designed this year’s trip to feature Mala Mala Private Game Reserve as our first camp. As part of the South Africa’s Greater Kruger region, Mala Mala shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park and is famous for its leopard sightings.

    Of course, sightings of an animal so elusive as the leopard are never guaranteed, even when visiting a locale known as “leopard central.” As we climbed into the vehicle for our very first game drive at Mala Mala, we crossed our fingers and hoped that we’d be rewarded on our leopard quest. Read the entire post…

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    The Royal Couple

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    A lion and lioness relax at dawn among the grasses of the Olare Orok Conservancy in Southwestern Kenya.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x at 280 mm, 1/200 sec at f/4, ISO 400

    I am currently working my way through a ridiculous number of images that I took on a recent trip to Africa, but because I am confident that the image of the lion couple shown above will make the final cut, I wanted to share it right away. I have to give a large measure of credit to our expert guide from Kicheche Bush Camp for making this photograph a reality. This particular guide, whose name is Nampaso, understands the needs of the wildlife photographer perhaps better than any guide I have ever worked with in Africa.

    We set out one morning a few minutes before dawn and Nampaso immediately began urgently scouting the area near camp for an interesting subject, knowing that I would want to take advantage of the sweet light occurring in the first minutes after sunrise. Within fifteen minutes he had located a pair of lions that we assumed were involved in courtship since they had separated themselves from the rest of their pride. As the sun crept above the horizon, Nampaso positioned the vehicle such that the lions were dramatically backlit. I captured this image of the lions in a quiet moment, but before long they returned to the business of mating, which lions are known to do up to forty times a day!

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