Marco Carniel Wildlife Photography
Eye To Eye…..
…. eye to eye with wild animals.
The dream of my lifetime.
Whoever looked into the amber eyes of a leopard will never ever forget this instant. The first leopard ever to answer my glance was Zawadi, Half Tail´s daughter, in February 1997 in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. She was about one year old then – playful like a kitten but destined to become a perfect hunter as she would reach adulthood…
I can remember so perfectly well. I spotted Zawadi playing obliviously to my presence for more than an hour with a killed genet. It was late afternoon. Light was fading away. I was filming. Being at aw hat the images my camera was capturing were for real. I was fascinated and enchanted of these moments I shared with a wild creature.
At some point she got tired of the dead genet. She climbed a fallen tree and stood still without a motion. She was gazing into my eyes for minutes steadily. This moment is an immortal memory – branded in my mind.
I was fortunate to experience many more unforgettable moments with wild creatures over the years. However, this story – Zawadi with the genet – will be in my heart eternally. As long as I live.“
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