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Morning Hunt

This female leopard and her three cubs have just brought down a wildebeest in the early dawn. You can see the tail-tip of one cub, and another hiding in the shadows if you look carefully. The mother leopard drug the kill the better part of a mile to a tree with some nearby rocks. We watched the leopard and her cubs for the next three days while they feasted.

I owe a special thanks to our remarkable guide Saidi Kotoku. We were watching a group of hyenas and vultures fighting in the early dawn er the last remnants of a buffalo kill, when Saidi heard the vervets and birds in a stand of trees over a mile away warning that a leopard was hunting in the area. We reached the hunting leopard at the very moment she brought down the wildebeest.

I took the image with a Canon 7D Mark II with EF 100 - 400 f/4.5 - 5.6 IS II USM lens. The exposure settings were 153 mm, 1/200, f/5.0, ISO 400, hand-held.

7D Mark II
153 mm · f/5.0 · 1/200 sec · ISO 400
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