Etosha National Park, Botswana, Africa

The African Leopard in stealth position as it has its front left paw raised. The predator has its back lowered to the ground, and its eyes fixed on prey. That is one of the typical feline behavior.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 9 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 640
  • Focal Length: 255mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4166 by 2778 pixels (WxH).

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A magnificent African Leopard in stealth position as it has its front left paw raised. It has the back lowered to the ground, and its eyes fixed on its prey. That is the typical feline behavior. The Leopard’s fur blends in well with its background. Behind the animal is the waterhole with reflections of the surroundings.

A Leopard’s tactic for hunting is to either ambush its prey or stalk it. Either way, the predator will try and get as close as possible to the animal. You will see the Leopard in stealth position, as seen in the photograph. That is obvious, and the animal is on the hunt. When it finally thinks it is close enough, it will give a quick burst towards the prey. With speed up to 60 km/h / 37 mi/h and a massive spring in their step. It can jump six meters / 19 feet forward through the air. Indeed that is about the length of three adult humans. That African Leopard in stealth position shows the moments before this mighty explosion.

Leopards, we find in many environments around the globe. You can find them in Sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China.

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

If you like the African Leopard In Stealth Position, discover more of our predator’s photography. Explore more wildlife photography from Africa.

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