Friday, November 18, 2011

5th Nov was a perfect day. Our guides checked the nearby valleys before breakfast, and found fresh SL pugmarks leaving the lower one (Tarboung-valley), and found it entering the upper one (Husing). The Leopard must have passed the campsite during the night). So we headed into Husing. Fresh pugmarks, scraping, fresh but frozen faeces, fresh rockspray. We followed, but after a few hundred meters we... lost the trail. The Leopard left the bottom of the valley. We had no idea in which direction. We climbed up to our usual watchpoint (where we had our first sighting on 1st from). We were very lucky to find very fresh urine right on our watchpoint. We climbed to a higher point, and started scanning from there. I think no more than after 10-15 mins, our guide Dorjey called us to the scope.... The left upper photo of this montage shows what I saw in it.....

I had no time to sketch the Leopard, only when we lost it. These are from memories, quite not the same as if working directly from what I see:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Male Bharals are staying at higher altitudes at this time of the year, so it was a nice opportunity to get close views of this nice one, that joined females an juvs in the Tarboung-valley:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Our guide, Dorjay Stanzin used my telescope to look for Snow Leopard, so I had time for some landscape and rock sketching.

View from the Tarboung-valley:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm back from my 2nd Snow Leopard study trip in Ladakh. We had an increadible time, will post my photos and sketches in the nest days.
Fresh Snow Leopard tracks and signs (footprints, scraping, rockspray and hairs):

The view from my hotel room in the last morning in Leh: