Tarun Kakarala

Camera: Sony a7 iv

Lens: Sony 100-400mm

Aperture: f8

Shutter speed: 1/1600

ISO: 1600

Description: A young leopard climbs a tree to rest after eating a meal in the bushes behind him.

Story from behind the lens: It was during our evening drive when we received a call about the young leopard, who was the son of Sankuyet, eating in a large thicket of bushes nearby. When we arrived at the scene there were around 7 or 8 cars just waiting. After 20 minutes of waiting, we thought maybe he moved after hearing the noise from all the cars and we decided to go around the hill where there was no one. After driving around for a while, one of the volunteers spotted a few spots at the edge of a bush. We stopped and heard several crunching noises. After 30 to 40 minutes of watching him eat, he came out and all the cars in the area started coming towards us. He walked around for a bit until finally, he stopped at the base of the tree and quickly and gracefully climbed up it. He stayed in the tree for the rest of the evening. Even though it took only a second to climb the tree it felt as if I was able to closely observe every movement he took to climb.