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Masai Mara - September 2011 - Leopards

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:58 pm

I bet you all thought I would start with elephants!! Hehe!! Nope, I've decided to go for Leopards instead. We nearly saw a leopard on our first day ... i say nearly ... I counted 20 cars so I asked our driver to leave. It was just wrong!!

Second time we arrived, still lots of cars (too many) but then the leopard just happened to walk out right in front of us. We got our photos and the driver asked if we wanted to stay, once again the unanimous decision was no!! Too many cars.

Third time, we were so lucky!! We were the only ones there! Leopard feeding cub (older cub so am hoping Olive and Bahati). We maybe had 5 minutes with them before another car arrived and they just got up and walked off. We felt so lucky! All the leopards were seen in the same area.





I'm just waiting for my computer to load the piccies of Olive and Bahati (?) so as soon as it has done I'll post them.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:21 pm

Here are the final two for today Very Happy



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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:24 pm

Wonderful shots AM, especially the second one, very clear, love it :) I find unless you have got the right light Leopards are so hard to photograph 'cause their spots go all fuzzy in the wrong light which is so Mad

Is this leopard who you think is Olive or is this another one ?

I agree with your policy re too many cars crowding an animal, we have done exactly the same as you did. It's not nice seeing so many jeeps around a wild animal in their territory Crying or Very sad
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Post  whitestarling on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:26 pm

Oh boy fantastic AM, well worth waiting for Being that close I'm surprised all your photos arnt shaky. What an experience. Really glad you insisted on moving, the number of cars around is really getting a problem as we've heard from Jackson & Aatish
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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Ooooh more, excellent cheers

That is definitely Olive and Bahati :) How wonderful to see them playing like that, that must have been amazing Very Happy Olive is not the biggest of leopards but when you see Bahati she's just a little toot and absolutely gorgeous I love you I love you
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Post  Safari Maiden on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:36 pm

Oh my! I cant stop looking at them!! They are wonderful and a great experience to have them on your own on the third day.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:51 pm



Yay, its Olive and Bahati!! I'm so happy. Any idea on the other leopard? It looked like there was more than one in the bushes, they were really playing. Olive and family maybe? Could it be Pacha? Chris has some better photos of that one so I'll try and add this evening.
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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:32 pm

AM - On looking at my photos I would say your gorgeous male leopard was neither Pacha nor Nkaiyoni Shocked I've also checked our 2009 photos incase it might have been Big Boy but no match there either so I'm definitely scratch as to who he is !!!!
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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:52 pm

See what you all think but these are a couple of Aatish's photos from FB.

Pacha (1st picture) & Nkaiyoni (2nd picture) - you might think differently & I think I'm beginning to confuse myself as to who is who Laughing (which isn't very hard !) Razz



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Post  whitestarling on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:55 pm

I've tried to do a comparison between the 3 shots of the left hand side of the face to compare the spot patterns, they are at different angles, see what you all think


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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:36 pm

That's a big help WS - I would say they are all different ! scratch
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Post  littlewid on Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:20 pm

Gorgeous pictures AM I love you I looked at them quickly earlier and have had a good look again now, they are stunning and have caused a huge smile this evening.
Mmmm I agree all those Leopards are different, the spot patterns are all so different around the eyes so I wonder who your male Leopard is?
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Post  littlewid on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:25 pm

Just got in from work and couldn't resist another look at Olive & Bahati I love you they are such lovely pictures AM.......still wished I knew who that other Lepoard was scratch

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Post  Safari Maiden on Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:36 pm

I think if is close to Pacha but not quite, definitely not Nkaiyoni. Wonder is it one to as Jackson of FB perhaps AM.

They are all really lovely picture and thanks so much for sharing. Helps keep us up todate of the animals in the mara.



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Post  Doogs on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:29 pm

Oh My goodness - whoever your male Leopard was AM, we saw him too !!! affraid



I'm going to post my photo on Aatish's FB page and ask if he knows who it is and help solve our mystery scratch

That's a very distinctive mark above his right eye, the 3 pronged one

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:33 pm

Its a mystery!! We were sure there was more than one in the bushes when we saw him. I hope Aatish knows who he is Very Happy

Here is another photo of Olive and Bahati that WS has kindly fixed for me Very Happy I was so annoyed I missed the shot as it would have been my best.

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Post  Doogs on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:39 pm

WS has made a good job of tidying it up, so difficult to get the Leopard shots right Rolling Eyes
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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:42 pm

Here is one of Chris's pics of our mystery leopard.



I will have to post some more pics tomorrow. I'll post them in Camera Club to keep them all together.

LW, SM or WS, can you move this to that thread Very Happy
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Post  Doogs on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:53 pm

He's very handsome I love you I love you , great shot
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Post  whitestarling on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:16 pm

Lets hope Aatish can solve the mystery, he's certainly a good looking Leopard

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Post  Doogs on Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:04 pm

From FB, Aatish thinks it is Nyaiyoni that's in both mine & AM's pictures :)
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Post  whitestarling on Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Well thats solved that then, at least we know who he is, and he does look a handsome Guy in the pics
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Post  littlewid on Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:19 pm

Good to know who the other handsome Leopard is AM, a mystery is nice but I love it when one is solved Very Happy
Great pictures again, Leopards just draw you to them don't they, they are so powerful looking but they have such an endearing look about them. How brilliant that both you and Doogs saw the same mystery boy.

As these are in the camera club I presume your thread has been moved for you now.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:23 pm

It has thank you LW. There is certainly something special about Leopards. I'm pretty sure they are my favourite big cat Very Happy
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Post  littlewid on Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:30 pm

Glad it's all sorted, was just about to move it and then realised it was already here Very Happy Tigers are my favourite big cat closely followed by the Cheetah but the more I know about them and see them, the Leopards are giving them a close run for their money AM.

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