On guard! by Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/250, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 503 December 22, 2013

Featured: Animals of Africa, Love those creatures, Animals of Africa

Investigating the persistent warning cries of tree squirrels and guinea fowl, we finally located the cause of the uproar in this very wary male leopard (Panthera pardus). It was very clear he wasn’t interested in sticking around for the party and being the star of the show! Once we had located him, I had time to quickly fire off two shots before he bolted for the undergrowth and disappeared.

Klaserie reserve, South Africa

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    20 February 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • GeorgiaPoetry
    GeorgiaPoetryabout 2 years ago

    Great capture….looks like you’ve been “spotted”. :)

  • Thanks very much Georgia! Incredibly eerie feeling realizing that you’re being watched way before you’re aware it’s happening.

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Karine Radcliffe
    Karine Radcliffeabout 2 years ago

    Another great shot Dan, I love your cat photos. Have you just been to Africa again recently? I am envious, we wlll not be going again until next year.

  • Thanks so much Karine! My wife and I specialize in African travel so return yearly. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough!!!!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossabout 2 years ago

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Awesome capture, Dan!!

  • Thanks so much Dlouise! It was a fleeting but great photo op.

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesabout 2 years ago

  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this beautiful but all too elusive creature Dan! And I love that you found him in Klaserie. MANY years ago (1997, long before digital) we stayed in a camp in Klaserie and I have one of my fondest wildnerness memories from there. One night we drove away from camp to sleep under the stars. No tents, just sleeping bags and the sounds and sights of an African night. There were 6 guests and we had to take turns sleeping, each one being on guard to keep the campfire burning and to watch for any creatures coming too near. We heard lions roar, jackals howl and on my watch, my torch caught the eyeshine of a curious hyena at the edge of darkness. It was magical… We never saw leopard there but did hear one make a kill one morning close to camp. Glad I now finally got to see a leopard in Klaserie! Thank you for sharing this feline beauty and giving me the gift of African memories… So hope to make it back there soon… Sylvia

  • I’m really glad this shot has evoked such a strong emotional reminder of a gorgeous part of Africa! I understand the way these wilderness places and experiences grip us and there’s not much that can compare with the intensity of the emotions they generate. I have been so fortunate in the Klaserie/Timbavati area with leopard sightings. Definitely worth returning to!!!! Thanks for sharing your story and kind comments!!!!!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 2 years ago

    February 21, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks very much Teresa!

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

    Looks young!!

  • He did Macky and seemed very unsure of himself while definitely needing to work on his skills of concealment. As you well know, they typically exude such a sense of confidence and nonchalance that this guys lack of it made his inexperience really stand out.

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 2 years ago

    excellent grab Dan … and what a beautiful animal !!

  • Thanks very much Carol! The leopard is still my favourite cat to photograph – I just don’t seem to be able to get enough of them=).

    – Explorations Africa Dan MacKenzie

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