During the final morning drive of our 2019 Maasai Mara photography safari we were hoping to give our group the opportunity to photograph a leopard. Despite previous regular and recent sightings with good photography opportunities, they had been elusive during this particular week.
We drove out over the Ol Choro Conservancy, stopping to photograph a juvenile giraffe we had spotted regularly in the area then paused again to get a feel of what else may be going on.
We picked up on the distant sound of barking, the unmistakable sound of a jackal’s distress call. By listening, we could determine the rough area of foliage it was coming from, but not very accurately. What we were more confident of was this represented a strong possibility of a leopard!
We spotted two hyenas also reacting to the barking. Both were heading towards the same location from different areas. We roughly transected the bearings they were both heading in which coincided with the distress call to give us a better location to proceed to.
As is often the case, we find the predator by looking for the prey and its reactions or in this case, the predator’s predator or scavanger!