I was filming in Sri Lanka with @Cockroach... Here leopards are the top predator and, with no other big cat to compete, they have become super-sized. It was our first night in Yala national park and we were armed with the latest night vision cameras. Our plan was to observe and film natural behaviour whilst remaining unnoticed in the dark. Little did we know at the time, but our tiny monitors leaked enough light to catch a leopards attention. He turned and looked straight in our direction and started to approach.
We were in an open-backed vehicle and it wasn’t long before he was well within leaping distance, less than five metres. We knew how close he was when we started to point the infrared camera down. Luckily we had an umbrella to hand and a quick flash startled the leopard just enough to send him back into the shadows. It was an intimidating introduction to the giant leopards of Sri Lanka. #EarthOnLocation #BBCEarth #SriLanka #Yala #BigCat #IR #Filming #Leopard #Nocturnal