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Picture of the Month

Picture of the Month - Black Leopard (Panthera pardus)

This month's Picture of the Month award goes resoundingly to Johannes Vierula for his amazing photograph of a melanistic leopard (AKA a black panther), Panthera

pardus, in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary at the New Year. It is exceedingly rare to see such an animal, never mind capture a photograph. Johannes' stunning photograph gives you a true sense of the secretiveness of this beautiful animal with its furtive glance back before it disappears into the protective embrace of its dark forest home. You can read more of how and where Johannes took his amazing photograph by clicking here  


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Paul T replied the topic: #1586 02 Jan 2014 18:06
Jos, a sighting like this without a doubt deserves its own special thread, never mind a photo and a great photo as well!!

So I have just moved it to its own thread.

Absolutely incredible! Congratulations! You must be so psyched! I would be ecstatic. I think we have our next photo of the month winner and front page post. Magnificent. Ecstatic for you.
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Bagheera replied the topic: #1587 02 Jan 2014 22:04

This is absolutely mind-blowingly magnificient, extremely well done to yourself for having the composure to photograph this stunning Leopard, I would have been a shaking nervous wreck and most probably suffered cardiac arrest right there in the truck..

Your photo captures the beauty, the mystery, the grace, the solitude of this amazing animal, I am in awe and a hearty congratulations are in order. As a young lad I had a photograph of a Black Leopard on my bedroom wall and this photograph brings back instant memories, Thankyou!

Very very happy for you, I'm sure you will remember this sighting for the rest of your life!
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onflipflops replied the topic: #1588 02 Jan 2014 23:52
I believe I have photographed a Long-tailed Macaque on that exact same tree. Or maybe it was another very similar tree...
My jealousy says this is just that same long-tailed macaque wearing a black cat-suit ;).

And not just a 1 second fleeting sighting without photographic evidence... Great image that indeed captures the elusiveness of one of the most beautiful big cats that walks this earth.

Absolutely incredible!
And the fact that you see this on probably the busiest day of the year in such a park...
Honestly, I'm far from jealous; it makes me so excited that people are having this luck, and it makes me want to go there right now...

I haven't seen 'resident' Wild Dogs, but indeed boars seem to be common around the camping area.
BTW do you mean Asian Wild Dogs, or the Golden Jackals? If it is the first one, I expect they might have had a kill nearby and therefore stayed a couple of days.

May I ask you to roughly estimate the number of visitors during your stay? And how about the trails? Did the people go out to walk? A ranger told me they might offer join-in group walks accompanied by a ranger during these holidays. Did you see that or did the people just stick to their camps and leave most of the area alone?

Happy new year to you, and hopefull you will be just a s blessed the rest of the year!

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