Image: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 #2
Eyes in the Oasis
- Lee Slabber
- © Lee Slabber
‘I’d stopped to photograph some oryx bones in an oasis in South Africa, when I felt I was being watched. I turned to face a beautiful young male leopard. A moment later it fled, as shocked to see me as I was to see it.’
Leopards are usually solitary hunters, using a combination of opportunism, camouflage, stealth and speed. They will stalk their prey and can be as little as two metres away before they make a short, fast rush, and then pounce.
Canon EOS-1D Mark III + Canon EF 600mm lens; 1/250 sec at f5.7; ISO 200.