Ghost of the Mountain - Snow Leopard !!!

Posted by Arindam Bhattacharya on Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:59 am

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Returned from another exotic expedition for Snow Leopard in winter Ladakh,Himalaya. A lot of mental and physical preparation had been done from the past 5/6 months for the preparation of this trip.
Cold weather ( -17/-18 deg C even in daytime-sunlight) and high altitude 13,5000ft+ made an entire different ball game altogether. Rather than an usual expedition, I would consider this as an unique experience for my wildlife journey.
Was fortunate to get few sightings of the almighty. Along with the Snow Leopard, was lucky to observe & photograph few high altitude Himalayan species which I will upload later.

Here is one frame of the efficient rock climber. The distance was far but the moment was memorable. High resolution version is in HomeSlider of my website.

Thanks for your time  :)

Canon 5DM3+500F4 IS2+1.4x
F5.6, ISO1000, 1/800sec.

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by Carol Clarke on Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:09 am
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How wonderful to see a wild snow leopard in its natural habitat, Arindam!  These rare and extremely elusive cats are so beautiful - my heart would be pounding.  8) 

A fine image showing how they travel across their difficult and precarious terrain.  Well done!

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by John Spreitzer on Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:44 am
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Great to see this wonderful animal in its habitat! Your time and prep were well rewarded.

by Ron Day on Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:08 pm
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Congratulations on this wonderful photograph of the Snow Leopard. All of your preparations for this expedition paid off.

by Mike in O on Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:24 pm
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It must be something to get this shot...love those vertical walls

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:30 am
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How amazing to have seen a Snow Leopard in the wild and actually captured a photo in it's natural habitat. Enjoyed seeing the larger version with better facial expression. Congratulations on such a wonderful find.
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by david fletcher on Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:07 pm
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what a fabulous sighting. brilliant animalscape. a treat!
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by Gary Gulash on Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:27 pm
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The landscape is rather surreal and the exotic leopard adds to the wonder. Amazing experience I am sure.

by Dan Kearl on Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:32 pm
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This would be the image of a lifetime for me.
So glad I came upon it.
So hard to find, people spend years trying to see one, let alone get a photograph.

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