Rare Leopard Captured by Photographer in Kenya

Rare Leopard Captured by Photographer in Kenya

Black leopards are a rare sight in Kenya, one of the few remaining places the elusive animal can be found. But that rarity didn't stop British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas from recently seeking out the creature.

Burrad-Lucas retained a childhood dream of one day capturing the black leopard. Its black coat is produced by a genetic abnormality called melanism. This rare abnormality causes the animal, which is normally light tan with dark spots, to sport a pure black coat.

After his first encounter with a black leopard, a brief sighting in Bangalore, India, Will decided to push his luck for a closer encounter with the animal. Having recently heard that a black leopard had been spotted at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, he decided to make the journey.

Will set up DSLRs, Camtraption motion sensors and a few off-camera flashes on a path believed to be frequented by the animal. Then, for two nights in a row, he patiently waited.

a behind-the-scenes image showing a remote wildlife photography setup in Kenya

Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has devised his own system for photographing wildlife involving Camtraption sensors and flashes.

On the second night at Laikipia, his diligence paid off.  The photographer was able to remotely capture stunning close-up images of the black leopard as it sauntered along the path.

a black leopard emerging from a path at night

The black leopard emerges.

a black leopard on rocks with the moon lighting behind it

One can assume that the flash (which appears to be on low power) surprised to the leopard, as it seems wary in some of the images.

a black leopard slinking past the frame

a large male leopard at night

This large male leoprd struck a pose after chasing the smaller one away.

For the entire story plus more images, you can read the post by the photographer here.

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David Love's picture

Photoshopped. I know a squirrel when I see it. JK nice work.