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The Flying Leopard

It was a dry summer morning at Kabini. During the morning safari drive, we were quick to spot a leopard on the Sunkadakatte road, treed by a group of 7 wild dogs. The leopard looked restless and was already fidgeting on the tree-top. I anticipated that the leopard, instead of taking the normal route down the tree trunk, would either fight the dogs or run. The leopard did take a huge leap to avoid the dogs but did not succeed. In its second attempt, the leap of faith from almost 30 feet above the ground was something I have never witnessed in my three decades in forests. I was able to freeze the frame thanks to good anticipation and of course, knowing my camera well and implementing photographic techniques to lock focus. The moment the leopard was on the ground, the wild dogs chased it, but the gritty leopard survived.

What I took away from this encounter is not just the gripping moment of witnessing a flying leopard, but also the fact that life in the jungles is a great struggle for everyone.

Sachin Patil

Sachin Patil is a civil engineer and runs his own business. He is also the honorary Wildlife Warden for Belgaum. He loves to trek in the jungles and wildlife has been a passion since childhood. He has developed a keen interest in nature photography, since five years.



Balamahesh
Excellent image sir!!!
Posted on 12/4/13 11:00 PM.
Preet Lamba
Posted on 12/5/13 12:49 PM.
Kshitij
Unbelievable freeze! and what a moment...
Posted on 12/5/13 1:29 PM.
Rakesh
This is one super shot Sachin Sir. Never seen a better leopard shot than this before. Just Wow!!!
Posted on 12/6/13 9:26 PM.
pushkar
Great picture Sachin! Truely, a shot to cherish lifelong! Congratulations!
Pushkar
Posted on 12/7/13 9:19 PM.
Arun S K
Fantastic action captured here ... Loved the way the leopard is seen flying to escape from the adversary , the dhole .....great timing sir ... Its award winning pic all the way !!! ..cheers !!!
Posted on 12/10/13 2:38 PM.
Samad
Jumping Leopard ! Awesome, fascinating and thrilling image. Kudos for capturing a rare moment.
Posted on 12/10/13 9:36 PM.
Krishna
Excellent image and you were lucky this to witness this with your own eyes. Amazing. Wondering if I could join you on one of your treks.
Posted on 12/11/13 11:07 AM.
Nishanth
Killer Image!
Posted on 12/11/13 9:18 PM.
gurunath
The flying leopard......true to the caption thats what the image is all about
Posted on 12/16/13 6:55 PM.
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