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To spot a black leopard in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve near Chandrapur, requires extreme luck, let alone to capture such an astonishing moment.
However, Amravati-based wildlife photographer Anurag Gawande got in luck twice, after he captured the rare black leopard once in February 2020, and again on January 29 this year.
His snaps have gone viral on social media in the span of only two to three days, with netizens showering praises on his work.
Recalling the moment when he took the mesmerising shot, the 24-year-old wildlife photographer told Nation Next, “I cant express that moment in words, because you cant track such animals or plan to spot them. They show themselves according to their own will, once you plan to track them, it is less likely that you’ll be able to see one.”
Gawande runs a jungle safari company named 'Jungle Safari Getaway’ through which, his team organize wildlife tours and photography tours. The website also shares Gawande’s blogs and some of his best wildlife photographs.
“It was our fifth safari when we spotted the rare black leopard. Before that, we had conducted four more safaris, through which, we got the sightings of 10 tigers,” he said.
“In the fifth safari, there were around 35 to 40 gypsy cars, who were waiting for a tiger. Later, they spotted a tiger cub drinking water. Since there was too much rush, me and my driver decided to head into a different region, following pug-marks of another tiger.”
“It was during this time, when we suddenly heard a deer-call and decided to stop, and then we saw the black leopard sitting on the road. He sat there for 15 minutes, and later tried to hunt a deer. However, the deer managed to flee, but we captured the shots,” he added.
Anurag has been working in the wildlife field for past five years, and got into professional wildlife photography three years ago.
Watch : Amravati wildlife photographer captures extremely rare black leopard in Tadoba
His work was recently published in Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue Magazine in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. One of his photos have also been featured on Nikon Asia and Nikon Vietnam’s Instagram pages.