Morning Leopard – Kenya Africa Samburu 2012
Nikon D800E f/7.1@1/125 ISO 200
Day 13 – Shooting in Samburu – September 5th – Shoot Day 10
5:30 wake up call again and I was happy to see our tent staff delivered our cookies and coffee again. That is a little treat that Mara Intrepid and Samburu Intrepid provide, nice touch. We got ready and prepared for the morning game drive.
The day started out quiet, photographing gerenuks and giraffes, as well as a few birds: Von der Deckens Hornbill, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Vulturine Guinea Fowl and a Yellow-necked Spur Fowl. We stopped for a box breakfast around mid-morning by the river. After lunch, we continued deeper into Samburu. Then came a wonderful surprise. We noticed a vehicle from another group shooting towards a tree and when we pulled up, we noticed a leopard lying on a limb in the tree. What a beautiful sight! Of course, it was not long before there were multiple vehicles at the location and we all were shooting like crazy. Fortunately, we had the absolute best position for the optimal shot. These animals were beautiful. Wasn’t long until he got bored with us and he jumped down the tree and went about his way. We continued on shooting a few Dik Dik’s and a few others before heading back to Intrepid for our 12:30 lunch.
After lunch and a short nap, we again headed out for our afternoon game drive. We had a productive afternoon shooting Yellow-billed Hornbills, elephants, monkeys, impalas, a Monitor lizard, an Agama lizard, a Black-headed Heron and a Marshall eagle.
Overall, it was a very successful day with the highlight being of course, the elusive Leopard.
Dinner at 7:30pm at Intrepid Samburu.
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