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Temple Leopard It was past sunset and as we where leaving the park we turned a corner to come face to face to this leopard relaxing atop of a ruined temple. I had 30 seconds to shoot off a few frames before it got too dark to auto-focus and the cat left, elegantly wandering back into the unknown forest beyond. A magical moment! Fall,Geotagged,India,John Rowell,JungleDragon January 2015 photo contest,Leopard,Panthera pardus,adhocphotographer,india,kabini,karnataka,leopard,nagarhole Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Temple Leopard

It was past sunset and as we where leaving the park we turned a corner to come face to face to this leopard relaxing atop of a ruined temple. I had 30 seconds to shoot off a few frames before it got too dark to auto-focus and the cat left, elegantly wandering back into the unknown forest beyond. A magical moment!

    comments (19)

  1. Great photo and great story to go with it! Glad to see you've got the identification and geotag tools figured out. This photo is going on the homepage as a warm welcome to JungleDragon! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks so much! :) Posted 3 years ago
  2. Awesome photo, well captured. What a lucky spotting. Posted 3 years ago
    1. It was indeed lucky! :) Posted 3 years ago
  3. This is only the 2nd photos of yours that I'm looking at and I'm an instant fan. Simply put: you do everything right. Great photo, but also well described, identified, geotagged, there's nothing more to want, really. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks, but i wish i had time to have changed lens and then you would actually see the amazing temple it was sat on.... it was too close for my 500mm! oooh, it's a hard life! :) Posted 3 years ago
      1. I'm not that much into temples, so it looks fine to me :) Posted 3 years ago
  4. The interesting thing about this image that still amazes me, was that i shot it at 12800 ISO... 1/125 of at 500mm handheld... I love my camera! :) Posted 3 years ago
    1. That's amazing indeed. Did you use the EF 500 f/4 IS II lens for this shot? That thing is HUGE, especially handheld :) Posted 3 years ago
      1. Yep, thats the beast... it is still lighter than the alternatives :) By buying the lens i now save on gym membership! ;) Posted 3 years ago
  5. Superb shot! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks... it was exceptionally lucky to get it! :) Posted 3 years ago
  6. Amazing capture! Posted 3 years ago
  7. Thanks! :) Posted 3 years ago
  8. Beautiful animal - superb photo Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Posted 3 years ago
  9. Very Beautiful photo of the leopard! Great lighting and colors! I love how the pattern on the fur is really exaggerated, along with the green plants and green eyes. Posted 3 years ago
  10. Nice shot John!! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 2 years ago

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The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus ''Panthera''. It is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in regions of sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia to Siberia. Fossil records found in Italy suggest that in the Pleistocene it ranged as far as Europe.

Compared to other members of Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but is smaller and more.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Jan 28, 2015. Captured Oct 23, 2014 17:56 in Nagarhole National Park, State Highway 33, Balle, Karnataka 571114, India.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/4.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO12800
  • 500mm