Instagram influencer and photographer Mithun, spent six whole days patiently waiting to capture one stunning picture. The renowned Indian photographer successfully captured the exact moment a black panther shadows his leopard partner. The result is nothing short of spectacular.
Mithun told My Modern Met magazine: “The female Cleopatra has been a heartthrob of Kabini since 2009. I have followed her for 12 years now—ever since she was a tiny cub. The panther Saaya entered our lives in 2014 as a sub-adult shy cat trying to establish territory.
It was only in 2016, when he finally asserted his dominance, that he paired up with Cleo for the first time and I have followed their journey since.”
It wasn’t the first time Mithun managed to capture images of this majestic couple, but this time it was different. The photographer set up a viewpoint only several hundred feet from the two and stayed there silently for six whole days. During this time, Mithun could hear the two felines mating amidst the jungle’s undergrowth. He knew that they weren’t going to leave their spot because they just made a kill that could feed them for several days. Then, on the sixth day, the photographer finally got the picture he was waiting for.
Mithun said: “I can still close my eyes and relive that moment every single day of my life. You don’t see that often. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is where the knowledge and years of experience of following and tracking the panther came in handy.
I just had to wait at one of his favorite paths, since that was the place he would get her since that was the edge of his territory. And this he did after six days. It was a fruitful wait though. I could wait for 6 years for a moment like this.”
These stunning pictures, and especially the one with the black panther that shadows the leopard were certainly worth the wait!
Feel free to visit Mithun‘s Instagram page for more incredible images.
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