Thursday, 13 September 2012

A bird in the hand ... is a pretty good effort for a leopard

THESE are the amazing pictures of a hungry leopard caught carefully selecting its dinner from a flock of unsuspecting birds - before snatching it from the air and tucking in.

The big cat was caught on camera slyly patrolling through grassland ready to pounce on the Sandgrouse birds making their early morning appearance at a well-stocked watering hole.

Photographer Matt Prophet, 37, snapped the rare encounter at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, an exclusive animal hideaway which crosses the borders between Botswana and South Africa.

The young leopard can be seen leaping through the air under the African sun to catch one of the Namaqua or Burchell breeds of the Sandgrouse birds.

Balancing on its two back legs, the incredible predator opens wide and snatches an unsuspecting bird from out of the sky before wasting no time in devouring the creature.

These solo hunting skills are a trait picked up from the cat’s mother who is also a specialist Sandgrouse hunter.

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