19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Queen's Stare

As we were on a safari in the Pench Tiger Reserve, one of us spotted a movement in the rock patches. We waited there for 15 minutes but could not see anything moving. As we decided to leave and the vehicle started it’s engine, this female Leopard jumped from behind on this rock to check out the noise. The way she sat there in all her glory making it evident that she is the queen of that forest patch. It waited there staring at us for a minute and as soon as it heard more vehicles approaching, swiftly disappeared in the forest as fast and unexpectedly as she had appeared.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Prathamesh Ghadekar