Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Leopard from South Khairbari Nature Park

A Leopard from South Khairbari Nature Park
Those who've read my travelogue of Dooars must have already seen this leopard photograph. For others, here's my two liners about the capture. Leopards are ferocious hunters with extremely powerful jaw muscles to favor their carnivorous food habit. Leopards are not only good tree climbers but they drag their prey high up into the tree branches! An adult leopard can weigh up to 70 kg and capable of catching a speed up to 57 km/hr! As you know basic parameters of a leopard now, and as you can see it's not a caged leopard from any zoo, guess how did I manage to click his photo. Well this gentleman was a resident of the Leopard Rehabilitation Center of South Khairbari Nature Park, which is a must visit destination for wildlife lovers if you're traveling to Jaldapara National Park. I could photograph this leopard from a close distance without risking my life as I was safe inside a solar-battery driven van. I assume he was 9 feet away from my lens!

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  1. bring it on!!! Says the leopard. Nice close up Anunoy.

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    1. Yes, he got mettle... I too felt the same Shweta :-P

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  2. I caught a glimpse of leopard at large when I went to Sasan last year :D Nice shot.

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  3. wow .. how majestic

    I am yet to see a big cat in the wild .. have tried many times but failed

    Bikram's

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    1. Bikram you must have heard- "Waqt se pehle aur kismat se jyada kuch nahi milta" :-P
      Jokes aside, I pray you find a prey for your camera soon enough :-)

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  4. That is such a rare and precious moment you have captured

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    1. Yes Datta... it was something more than I expected... Thanks :-)

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