Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

A wildlife photograph in color shows an African Leopard portrait scanning the area. In contrast, he shows us its beautiful long whiskers, elegant coat, and eyes in this up-close and personal photograph.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.5
  • Exposure time: 1/2900s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 468.9mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5775 by 3850 pixels (WxH).

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An elusive African Leopard is scanning the area for prey. That is a beautiful up-close and personal photograph of that evasive animal. While browsing the savannah, the predator is showing us its elegant coat. See this Leopard’s incredible amber eyes and long whiskers as well. The African Leopard is entirely in focus in this portrait photograph. At the same time, the background is out of focus to emphasize the Leopard. An African Leopard has brilliant eyesight. Due to their well-developed retinas, they can see seven times better than humans at night. They can also hear five times better than us humans! After birth, cubs will open their eyes when they are about two weeks old.

The best way to tell one African Leopard apart from another is by looking at their spots. The ones on their face are different on either side and are never the same shape or positioning. The Leopard’s long whiskers serve by indicating an opening, which helps them move around at night without getting stuck. They are also very sensitive to movement. Being one of the most elusive cats, Leopards are a must-see!

The Leopard, Panthera pardus, is in category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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