Not the shot I wanted of a Leopard in the Candelabra Tree, but the only one I could get. There was simply no angle from where we stopped where the cat’s eye was visible. Maybe if I had been alone I could have gotten out and walked up the road a bit and crouched lower…or at least had the driver/guide shuffle the van forward…but both the cat and my fellow travelers were suffering from the extreme heat of the Equinorial afternoon…only a few miles from the equator. The Leopard was panting as though he or she had just completed a marathon, but as you see from the very relaxed pose, it was just the heat. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
Long-tailed Cormorant: Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — A Long-tailed Cormorant showing off its tail on the same island of reeds in the Kazinga Channel where we saw the Goliath Heron. Cormorants somehow are never graceful or elegant, no matter how they pose. Handsome, maybe, but even that might be a stretch. It is, perhaps, something about their eternally stern expression. Okay, enough with anthropomorphizing! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f5.6 @ 1/1000th.