On 27.08.2013, here in IndiaWilds forums https://www.indiawilds.com/forums/sh...Panther-family , I had written that "I am proud to be born in this country which has such amazing biodiversity. I hope I can see one black beauty through my own eyes in the wild. Recording it in film will be a dream." Fortunately, within four years that dream has come true.
We sighted a melanistic leopard or black panther as it is commonly known in Kabini on 4th July 2017. The leopard was resting on the tree very close to the vehicle. The driver called up and informed other vehicles and so many people got a chance to sight this amazing spectacle.
Its coat looked very very soft like silk. Its eyes were a sight to behold. This black ghost like form appeared to suck away all negative toxins and ill luck from our body and mind. The sighting lasted for about 26 minutes and then it got down after sighting a deer. It was a completely rejuvenating and exhilarating experience. Sharing an environmental shot, full frame without crop.
Canon EOS 1DX MarkII, EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM lens with 2xII TC at 400mm, ISO 1600, f8, 1/125 sec shutter speed, full frame shot. There will be a few more shots to follow in the next few days.