Elephant Plains: Salayexe (a female leopard) seems to seek us out for more and more Photography

By October 19, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Andrew Reports:


We were determined to find Salayexe again this morning after the great viewing that we had of her yesterday, so we headed straight to the area  to search for her.


It was a cloudy day again, meaning that the light was wonderfully diffused and the heat from yesterday was gone.


While we were searching for Salayexe we heard from one of the other vehicles that while they stopped for an early coffee break Salayexe wandered right into the clearing where they had parked, almost inviting them to accompany her. We headed straight there and were delighted to find both Salayexe and her cub.


The remainder of the morning was spent taking shots of the two as they strolled around, hunting one another, chasing each other, pouncing and playing in the open plains. The two stopped their antics to enjoy a drink at one of the small dams and again seemed to position themselves so that our cameras could get the best possible angles, and when they were done they returned to their fun and games.



We finally left to return to the Lodge for breakfast. On the way we stopped again. We often see zebra in the area but it was extra special to see them sparring, challenging one another, and kicking up a storm. The fighting seemed to be extra energetic and awesome to see and photograph.


Not five minutes from the Lodge this afternoon we found Salayexe lying on top of a termite mound and again posing most beautifully for us. She almost seemed to be waiting for us to find her and start taking pictures. Of course we made full use of the opportunity again. Because she was so cooperative we had the luxury of trying different techniques, different settings and trying various approaches that one often does not have time to compose when shooting wildlife, especially leopard, in the bush.


On our way to enjoy sundowners we found a monitor lizard swimming across a dam and again our cameras captured the scene, and a short while later a chameleon enjoyed the spotlights as we photographed it using front side and back lighting.


When we returned to Salayexe she had started to hunt some impala. Although we sat quietly watching her stalk and leopard crawl to get close to her possible prey, lightning had started to streak across the sky, making the impala extra jittery and very restless.


Rain started moments after we returned to the Lodge, and although we have now spent much time with Salayexe we cannot wait to get out again tomorrow to see if she has managed a successful hunt