Leopards of Wilpattu Photo Gallery

Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu

Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 - KSPF 1

Locations of sightings

Tala Wila, Tala Wila to Pomparippu, Kombansanchaipooval, Panikka Villu

First Sighting

25th June 2017 at 5.00pm

  • 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm one Leopard at Tala Wila. N 08.37915, E 079.94404

    We arrived at Tala Wila from Pomparippu and heard the alarm calls of Spotted Deer from the direction of the road to Kombansanchaipooval. We quickly drove down expecting to see a leopard on the road but the direction of the alarm calls shifted towards the villu. Upon returning to Tala Wila we spotted a Leopard close to the Pomparippu road. It was an adult female and she walked along the edge of the forest, crossed the road and continued to walk and mark the bushes along the forest edge across the villu. Upon examining the spot pattern I was happy to note that this is Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1). In late January this female was observed with two small cubs at Tala Wila. She appeared to have taken them across the villu as she walked across purposefully and moved in to the forest. ( with Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 8th March 2020 at 3.35pm
  • 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm one Leopard at Tala Wila. N 08.37965, E 079.94736

    The leopard was stalking a Peahen and had its body lowered to the ground with its ears flat. It was on a patch of shade and was observing the movements of the bird intently. While I was photographing all at once she charged but was not successful. The Peahen flew off with a series of loud alarm calls. With the arrival of another two vehicles the Leopard moved in to the forest. I was pleased to note that this is Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1), the mother of the two small cubs seen at this location. Unfortunately for me the two cubs were not with her, as she appear to have left them behind to go on a hunt. (with guide Hashan Madushanka)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 3.43pm
  • 16th December 2019 at 10.08am a Leopard at Kombansanchaipooval. N 08.38798, E 079.95086

    The female Leopard was stalking some prey and was seated a few feet inside the jungle. After a few minutes she lowered her body to the ground and leapt further in to the forest causing a Spotted Deer to bark an alarm call. Her hunt was not successful as the Spotted Deer sprang out of the forest patch and ran in to the forest. Having checked the spot pattern of her back I noted that this is Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1). We waited for more than half an hour expecting the leopard to move out of the forest patch but had no luck. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 16th December 2019 at 10.08am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 16th December 2019 at 10.08am
  • 30th December 2017 at 9.35am 1 Leopard, Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1) at Kombansanchaipooval. N 08.38566, E 079.95050

    The leopard was seated on the road facing the opposite direction. I stopped the vehicle at an angle and turned off the engine. I managed to get a few images before the leopard moved in to the forest due to an on coming vehicle. Having approached the location where the leopard moved in we spotted it through the forest seated on a log at the edge glade. Expecting it to move out we drove ahead and parked. Within 5 minutes the leopard broke cover and sat at the edge of the forest.  She was interested in some activity across the small glade. After a few minutes she started to stalk some prey and moved across the glade and disappeared in to the forest. Upon examining the images I was able to identify this leopard as the Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1). My friend was thrilled as this was his first sighting of a Leopard in the wild. (with guide D.M. Wasantha)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 30th December 2017 at 9.35am
  • 19th August 2017 at 5.27pm one Leopard at Panikkar Villu.  N 08.39491, E 079.95237

    We drove in to Panikkar Villu from Aalam Villu and noticed the Spotted Deer barking out alarm calls while looking in one direction. The Leopard had been drinking and as we spotted it started to walk back to the forest. As the water level of the villu has reduced the leopard had to walk a longer distance to reach the edge of the water and back.  I managed to get a few images of the animal as it walked back to the forest ignoring the frantic alarm calls of the Deer and the Grey Langurs. Later upon examination of the spot and rosette patter of its left flank I was able to identify it as the Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1). ( with guide D.M.Wasantha)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 19th August 2017 at 5.27pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 19th August 2017 at 5.27pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 19th August 2017 at 5.27pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 19th August 2017 at 5.27pm
  • 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm a leopard seated on the road at Kombansanchaipooval. N 08.38691, E 079.95142

    It was an adult female leopard. She was facing the opposite direction from the waterhole. I knocked off the engine and started to photograph the Leopard. A sound emanating from the water hole caught her attention and she moved instantly in that direction. I drove forward permitting the vehicle behind me to observe the leopard. In less than a minute noticed a terrified Wild Boar running away from the water hole. Having examined the images I identified this female as the Tala Wila Leopard 1 listed under the heading “Leopards of Wilpattu – Guest” on my site.  I named it Kombansanchaipooval Female 1 (KSPF 1). ( with guide D.M.Wasantha)

  • Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm Kombansanchaipooval Female 1-KSPF 1 - 25th June 2017 at 5.00pm