Orkinyaekuo - of the tree top

Orkinyaekuo - of the tree top - The Big Five
Orkinyaekuo, of the tree top, is the Maasai name for the Leopard (Panthera pardus) The name describes their behaviour of resting, sleeping and storing their prey in the tops of trees. When I arrived on the scene this one had just woken up. A few minutes later after licking its paws, and yawning several times, it decided to leave the shade of the tree canopy and climb down into the relative cool of the late afternoon. I captured this image shortly before it disappeared into the bush and was not to be seen again. I was extremely lucky to get this opportunity as 70% of Africans have not seen a Leopard in the wild and many tourists leave the Maasai Mari without seeing one. The greatest challenge was being ready to respond to its sudden decision to leave the tree top and to ensure that the exposure was correct against the strong backlight.
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