Aman Gandhi

Camera: Canon EOS D60

Lens: 70-300mm f/5-5.6 IS USM

Aperture: f/ 4.5

Shutter speed: 1/800 sec

ISO: 3200

Description: The leopardess Luluka and her young cub, Jilime walk directly on the car tracks side-by-side, as mother leopard teaches her young off-spring the art of stealth & precision when patrolling territory.

Story from behind the lens: As the clock struck 6:00, my vehicle was the only car left, my guide Dani and I decided to wait have a cup of tea and shoot some elephant silhouettes with the sun setting. As it gradually got darker, suddenly a head popped out of the grass, at first we thought it was an impala although briskly as we went to investigate; the leopardess Luluka together with her young cub, Jilime jumped out of the bush and joined the vehicle track in tandem on which they both walked on for almost 45 minutes before entering back into the thick bush. Being the only vehicle and photographer alone with these two leopards made it super special for me and even went a notch higher in coolness when the leopardess and her son walked directly under our vehicle 5 times, centimetres away from my camera: Truly a magical spotting which is an extreme rarity in the Masai Mara. I am lost for words to describe how incredible it was to spend 45 minutes alone with these two magnificent leopards. Hope you enjoy this capture of the mummy leopard and her Cub.