We spend the whole day in Yala National Park on another safari. Another photo heavy session ensued so I'm going to break this up into a three posts. Starting first with the respectful list of mammals encountered during the day. The undoubted highlight being Leopard of course. We managed to come across four individuals, all found by ourselves after "dipping on" one animal first thing. It looked like this animal had been seen by large numbers of visitors so it was nice to have several Leopards largely all to ourselves. The first animal was first spotted lying right in the middle of the dirt track when we came around a corner, couldn't get much easier than that! Later on we came across another animal on the road. Over the next hour we had three animals in this same small area. It looked like two males and one female were involved. One of the males came very close to the jeep at one stage, almost too close for my 400mm lens. The female retreated up into a tree and was closely followed by one of the males. She wasn't very impressed by his advances and aggressively admonished him with paw swipes and spine-tingling deep roars. Another amazing wildlife experience and certainly one of the highlights of the whole trip.
Yala Leopard from Dermot Breen on Vimeo.
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