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Leopard (Panthera pardus) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A truly spectacular encounter with a young leopard ascending and stalking guinea fowl resting at the top of the tree. She was composed, silent and purposeful, much in contrast to myself watching from below where I was full of anticipation and excitement. I observed from initial moments on the ground till she reached the highest branches where I lost sight of her. There was a long pause and I heard her pounce. The guinea fowl panicked and scattered! But alas when she came down, she was empty handed, she would have to go hungry for a little longer.