Inger Vandyke is believed to be the world’s first female and first Australian to take a picture of the rare wild cats in a full hunt sequence. But can you easily spot the predator?
In these exclusive images, the snow leopard proves just how elusive and difficult it can be to find. But can you find the wild cat in the picture above? (Answer below).
In a world first, photographer Inger Vandyke is believed to be the world’s first female and first Australian to photograph a full hunt sequence of these rare wild cats.
Can you find the snow leopard in this photograph?
“Snow leopards are extremely rare, so rare that many people devote their lives to seeing one, let alone photographing one or observing it hunting,” said Ms Vandyke.
In for the kill: The snow leopard breaks cover to chase a bharal or blue sheep (Inger Vandyke)
“These images were shot on location in Ladakh, India, during an expedition I was co-leading with Mark Beaman for Wild Images Photo Tours UK.”
She said they were in the mountains for 17 days in various locations throughout Ladakh.
Ms Vandyke camped out in various locations where the temperatures dropped to -25C each night and the day time temperatures were well below zero.
“In fact, a litre bottle of water sitting next to us on a watch at 1pm had completely frozen over in an hour during full sunlight. It was that cold,” she said.
“On day five of our trip we began tracking four leopards for a total of five days and we had so many encounters with them it was amazing.
“We watched them play fighting, mating, scenting, hiding out in rocky lairs and finally, we sat for six hours in the snow and ice to watch a leopard come down a valley and try to hunt Bharal or Blue Sheep,” she said.
See below to find the leopard circled in the images above.