Photographer shares story behind viral shot of black leopard
Abhishek Pagnis shared that he had to wait for around two hours to get the ‘perfect’ shot, which was taken around 5 pm in June.Updated: Jul 30, 2020 09:51 IST
The first wildlife trip turned surreal for a Pune-based photographer who ended up clicking a semi melanistic leopard after a two-hour-long wait at Maharashtra’s Tadoba Reserve.
Abhishek Pagnis, a Pune-based photographer spoke to ANI about his experience of clicking the wild cat which went viral on the web.
“It was my first ever wildlife trip where we were looking mostly for tigers. We started looking for leopard on our last day of safari after having enough sighting of tigers,” said Pagnis.
He shared that he had to wait for around two hours to get the ‘perfect’ shot, which was taken around 5 pm in June.
It's a melanistic leopard, which we call black panther. We had around 20 minutes of sighting, after waiting for over 2 hours. It was clicked in Maharashtra's Tadoba Reserve at around 5 pm in June: Abhishek Pagnis, a photographer from Pune who shot the viral black panther photo pic.twitter.com/RPOY6wJ7Ir— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2020
Speaking more about the experience, Pagnis said that before the leopard was sighted, he heard some alarming calls of the animals, including deers and langurs.
“The leopard was behind the bushes drinking water. We had 20 minutes of decent sighting followed by almost 15 minutes of very good sighting for photography,” he added.
In another incident earlier, a photograph of a black panther had created a stir on social media. Reacting to it, Pagnis said, “That was a melanistic leopard, which is also known as a black panther and it was clicked in Karnataka’s Kabini forest. However, who I captured was a semi melanistic leopard which is different from the other.”