The final leap
Wim had been following this leopard for three days as it tried to secure a meal. Typically an ambush hunter, he was surprised to see it hunting on the open plains. As this springbok approached, only short grass concealed the sudden attack. ‘Then to my amazement, it launched itself at the ram with incredible agility and strength,’ he recalls. With camouflage and stealth, leopards stalk close to their prey before leaping as far as six metres, aiming to deliver a swift bite to the back of the neck. A meal such as this adult springbok can sustain a leopard for up to two weeks.
Nikon D4 + 600mm f4 lens; 1/3200 sec at f8; ISO 1000; Badger Door Bracket + Wimberley Gimbal head.
Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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