Majestic Leopard (Panthera pardus)   5 comments

Majestic Leopard (Panthera pardus)

When I see this picture, I myself find it hard to believe that this picture has been taken at 10:30 PM in the night and in pitch darkness. Kudos to my friend’s 13 year old daughter, for spotting the eyes of the leopard in these conditions. Some accurate and quick torchlight work by our guide and a f 2.8 lens, from Nikkor, did the rest of the trick.

This picture of a young leopard, taken from reasonably close quarters, amidst a sprawling tea garden, was indeed the highlight of my trip to Valparai. Valparai, as some you might know, is a hill station in Southern India.

Its sad to note that these majestic creatures, inspite of their legendary stealth and versatility – including the ability to drag much larger preys to tree tops, is on the threatened list. Anthropogenic pressures and loss of habitat are the primary culprits.

I sincerely hope that the government and the citizens wake up to the absolute necessity of conserving the western ghats, that not only shelter these amazing creatures but are also the source of five major rivers, that feed some of the most populous cities in Southern India. If this rain forest cover dwindles further, not only will the tigers vanish from the South, it would also play havoc in the cities as well.

Hope someone out there is listening.

5 responses to “Majestic Leopard (Panthera pardus)

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  1. Wow! Great shot!

  2. Man! This is good!

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