Squirrel Hunt

Cleopatra, they call her! The young, bold leopard from Jhalana. Born to Flora, she is now grown into an independent leopard that is establishing her territory in zone 2, even if it is at the cost of fighting her sister. 
I had the privilege to spend some time and observe some leopard behaviour with her recently. 
It was a hot afternoon drive in Jhalana. Temperature rose to 42 Degree Celsius. It was then that a flock of Indian Peafowl stopped their parade near the only bush in an open grassland. They stared relentlessly at the bush. They surveyed it. And then a white tail tip moved. The birds went into a frenzy. There she was, Cleopatra. Resting in the shade of the bush, away from the scorching heat. We waited there, eyes glued to her movement. But for hours nothing happened. 
Then, the sun started dipping behind the Dhonk trees on the ridge. She now was ready to move. As she emerged there was silence in the forest. She stood in the open grassland. All the animals knew she was out. An unending chain of alarm call pierced through the forest. She then walked. Scanning the forest she made some opportunistic attempts to hunt some birds. But she failed. She was hungry. And she was desperate! Then she stumbled upon a squirrel. She took time and charged. She missed... but her desperation made her take few more chances with the squirrel. But nothing in the end. The frustrated Cleopatra then sat on the branch on the same tree and rested till it got dark.
I find myself extremely lucky to have witnessed this and even more so as I could photograph the moment and get both the animals in the frame. 

Small: A4: 11.69 X 8.27 inches
Medium: A3: 16.53 X 11.69 inches
Large: 2 X 3 feet : 24 X 36 inches