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Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:06 am

We have all had those moments, moments when something so exciting comes along, that the hands shake, the car stalls and the mind freezes.

Now, imagine this: the photographers dilemma.

Driving along Lower Sabie road.. and a traffic jam.

You pull up slowly.. and you cannot believe your luck.

Leopards in love :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

you are close to the amorous animals, because they are too focused on each other to be bother by the car.

You aim your new, not yet understood camera.. and try to get the perfect shot.

Grrr...you were so excited that you forgot to switch the engine off.. and the car moved :wall: :wall: :wall:

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not to worry, the big male is still close by 8) aim again

a headless wonder :hmz:

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but the female is also close.. lets try again :dance: :dance:

who moved :( my hand, or the lady :hmz:

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ok, don't give up :thumbs_up:

GOT IT :dance: :dance: :dance:

Perfect spots

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I watch a most wonderful play of love.. then Mr Leopard decides enough is enough.

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. and goes to seek privacy.

I leave, happy, frustrated, excited, overwhelmed...

and.. and .. and..

Twenty minutes later

getting close to another Leopard/lion? traffic jam..

I pull up slowly

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I can't believe it..

more Leopard in love.

This couple is a little older, a little more discreet.. but I aim my camera 8)

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I have less time here.. but a very beautiful Mr Leopard comes and lies fairly close to me..

I cannot believe my luck..

:hmz: please move your head just slightly.. :cam:

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OK, no, you won't....

so there you have it..

a fascinating photographic journey.

Please, laugh a little with me..

Did I get any pictures.. wait for my trip report and see :wink:
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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:12 am

Hi MM :yaya: Good one... :lol: :lol: ...very good... :lol: :lol:

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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:14 am

Four leopards in 20 minutes :big_eyes: are you reading here Miss Sharifa :lol: :mrgreen:

So where is the TR MM :wink:

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Unread postby Sharifa » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:38 am

Wow MM! 4 leopards in 20 minutes :big_eyes:

:hmz: I think my driver is having second thoughts about who he has to travel with.

:dance: :dance: waiting for your TR now.

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Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:42 am

:lol:
Mousy they can be such a mission to capture in that 1 second that they are there :slap:
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Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:49 am

:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

So I'm not the only one with such stunning photos!!!!!! :tongue:

Can't wait to see that TR.............. :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread postby hilda » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:52 am

VERY lucky to see 4 leopards in 20 minutes' time! I don't know if I would be able to capture even one spot under the same circumstances Meandering Mouse! :clap: :clap: Looking forward to your TR! :D
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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby Rookie » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:33 am

Yay! :dance: :dance: You made me (and I am sure quite a lot of us) feel so much better about our efforts!

I am not the only one who has 1 decent one and about 10 "not-so-decent" ones. :cam: :cam: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Will check out the TR to see the great shots! :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:57 am

Thank you all :thumbs_up:

This is very tongue in cheek and something most of us can relate to. :whistle:

My camera is fairly new. One day I must really read the instructions.

I had some really wonderful sightings and I will share them here.

I was thrilled to see this Saddle billed Stork. Everything seemed perfect for some wonderful pictures. He was fairly close, it was a bright day and the sun was not shining in the wrong direction. The only problem was the Stork.. he would not stand still for the :cam:

Finaly, I had the perfect moment.. he was poised, perfectly still, watching something delicious

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:wall: :wall: :wall:

There is a thread called "bum shots". Here is a perfect bum shot.

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On a night drive, the perfect giraffe moment..

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and Ecojunkies hand. :hmz:

When I stayed in Malelane, Ecojunkie warned me about the monkeys. I thought that I had enough experience not to be robbed.

On my final Malelane breakfast, I sat down to a delicious Mango treat. I love mango, one of my favourite fruits. This was pefectly ripe, juicy and food for the gods.

Without thinking, I quickly turned my back to get a wet cloth to wipe my fingers.

MM's breakfast

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MM's hand was also shaking.. from hypoglyceamia :slap:
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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby oddesy » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:58 am

MM, as always you have a way with telling a story just right! 8) :lol: :clap: :thumbs_up:

4 Leopards in 20min :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: how special! :dance: and two mating pairs :shock: Only ever seen two mating pairs and unfortunately that was not in kruger :?

Saddle-billed stork pic is great! :D :clap: :thumbs_up:

Im looking forward to more of these leopard pictures :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:15 am

MM, this is how someone can get me mad first thing in the morning.

Switch on my pc and start going through emails and threads and what do I find! someone, very very lucky indeed!, manages to see 4 leopards in 20 minute AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGH!

I drove up and down KNP for 20 days and didn't see ONE spot, let alone a whole leopard!!!!! :twisted:

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Unread postby RichardJ » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:45 am

:) :) :)

This is the problem with cameras...they get in the way of sightings.....

how many fantastic sightings do we remember through a lens..

one of my early cheetah sightings I remember in B&W, cause of the video camera view finder

I am sure you got some good ones....

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Unread postby Joao » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:05 pm

MM when I saw the pictures you posted of the leopards I laughed so much that the tears ran down my cheeks. :lol: :lol:

It reminded me of a 10 minute long video my mom took of the cars floor.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:38 pm

Richard, Oddesey, Joao, Andy.. thanks for joining me on my remarkable journey.

A couple more moments.

I was closing in on LOwer Sabie in rain. I did what most people do when they are running out of petrol. I got lost :whistle: It was pouring with rain and suddenly I saw what I thought was a puffie crossing the road in front of me.

I was soooooo excited. As I drew closer I saw that it was not a puffie, but a African Rock Python.
WOW :dance: :dance: :dance: my favourite reptile.

I drew up next to where it had disappeared into the grass and I could not believe my luck. It had curled up close to a tree 8)

I aimed my camera.. remember the rain..

and :cam:

bingo

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You have heard of the Kruger lion rock.. now you have witnessed and seen a python rock. 8)

Another bum shot..

I was travelling on the S3 when I saw a couple of cars following a dog. Not a Wilddog, but a dog..

:hmz:

MM s a bit short sighted.

the most beautiful creature walked/ran straight past me..

another bum shot

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and into the bush.

My next trip report will be called, "Gogo and the gremlins".. it will include a lot about the flames of hell.
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Re: Four Leopards in 20 minutes, MM in style.

Unread postby Shi » Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:23 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: Only you can pull this off MM :D

4 Leopards in 20 minutes... WOW!!! Am booking my spot on the Gogo bus TR now :thumbs_up:

Lovely artistic pic's :whistle:

Looking forward to more misadventures :D :popcorn: :popcorn:
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