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The photographer makes his own camera traps to photograph the black leopard in Africa for the first time in 100 years

Never was Will Burrard-Lucas so glad that a black cat crosses his path. The path of his camera's to be precise. Will is a full-time nature photographer since 2010 and in 2013 he even established Camtraptions Ltd to turn his inventions for the vessel into products for other professionals. And all his hard work is perfectly reflected in one of his most recent shoots.

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

In Laikipia, Kenya, on 11 February 11 Will made a series of high-quality trap-photographs made of a wild melanistic leopard (also known as a black panther). This was the first time the animal had been photographed in Africa since 1909, says Nick Pilfold, a scientist in the field of nature conservation at the San Diego Zoo.

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

The fur of the female leopard is pitch black due to melanism, a gene mutation that results in an overproduction of pigment, Pilfold added. It is the opposite of albinism. And although the leopard shakes a black coat during the day, its rosette patterns are visible in infrared night-time images.

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

"The photo's were made at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, using [self-made] Camtraptions camera traps, "Burrard-Lucas said Bored Panda. "Every fall consists of a motion sensor from Camtraptions, which wirelessly triggers a high-quality DSLR or mirrorless camera and two or three flashes.I leave these cameras for days or weeks in a row on gamepaths to photograph elusive animals. also allow me to set up studio-like lighting to make striking images of animals at night. "

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

The biggest challenge for the photographer was to decide where to place his camera traps. "When I heard that a black leopard had been seen at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, I lifted my ears and contacted the owners, Steve and Annabelle Carey, to learn more."

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"Steve confirmed that it was true and he had seen several black leopards over the years." Upon arrival in Laikipia, Steve took me to Luisa Ancilotto who lived near the camp and had recently seen a black leopard telling us as much as she knew about the habits and territory of the leopard. & # 39;

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

"Then Steve managed to pick up some fresh leopard traces in the neighborhood and followed them to a path that seemed to be using leopards, I put my camera traps on this path and there I captured my first image of the black leopard. 39;

Image credits: Burrard-Lucas Photography

Image credits: Will Burrard-Lucas

Watch this video behind the scenes of the one-and-a-century recording below

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