Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

The African leopard walking looks fast because of the extended exposure time. Indeed this predator is walking not running. A sea of grass surrounds this beautiful, elusive predator.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/32
  • Exposure time: 1/4s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5067 by 2850 pixels (WxH).

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The African leopard walking looks extremely fast because of the extended exposure time effect. Indeed it is walking, not running. A sea of grass surrounds that elusive cat. The distinctive pattern of this elusive cat you see even though the animal is in motion in this photograph.

Leopards are solitary most of the time. They are territorial and will leave warnings to other leopards to stay away. These warnings come in the form of scratches on trees, urine scents, and poop scattering along within their territory. Females and males will cross into each other’s territories but only to mate. Leopards communicate with each other through a series of calls. For example, a male wants to make another leopard aware of his presence, and he will cause a hoarse, raspy cough. They also growl when angry and, like domestic cats, purr when happy and relaxed.

After a leopard has caught its prey, it will bite its throat. Biting the throat should clamp it tight so that the windpipe either crushes or blocks. Cats use this to kill prey. Wild dogs also hyenas use this to weaken the victim before eating it, generally alive. Leopards are nocturnal animals, hunting at night and sleeping or resting during the day.

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

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