Khushil Hirani

Camera: Nikon Z7II

Lens: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3

Aperture: f/6

Shutter speed: 1/1600

ISO: 2000

Description: Bahati trying her very best to get the attention of Lorkogol during their mating ritual.

Story from behind the lens: It was a lovely surprise to see leopards mating, and that too on Christmas day. I have never seen leopards mating, but I've always wanted to get a specific shot where the female's tail is wrapped around the male's neck. When we first saw Bahati and Lorkogol, they were behind a bush on the edge of the river cliff. Every time they mated, they moved to slightly different spot and they eventually reached this opening where I waited for the exact moment her tail was perfectly wrapped around his neck.