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Evening Leopard, Kruger National Park by Dan MacKenzie

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Olympus E-520, Olympus 70-300, 1/200, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 466 Sept 14, 2013

Africa never fails to surprise. Elusive, reclusive, nocturnal and just plain gorgeous, leopards (Panthera pardus) rank high on my wish list when I return to Africa. The fates must have been smiling on us, as this stunning cat was simply not interested in playing by usual leopard rules! We met him lying on the road in the glorious evening light. Instead of disappearing into the grass or thicket as would be so typical, this male decided to let us hang out with him for a full 20 minutes. As if offering a display on the art of camoflage and stealth, he set off on a hunt right before our eyes, returning to the road side upon being spotted and thwarted by his intended victims. Offering us a parting gift, he presented himself in the last glow of the evenings light, before disappearing into the fading light to resume his hunt.

Kruger national park, 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

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

    Wonderful detailed capture with great lighting, well done Dan!

  • Thanks so much Konstantinos. It was such an amazing opportunity that happened perfectly at the right time of day.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 4 years ago

    top shot dan of these stunning animals dan…:))

  • Well thank you Carol! They are so incredibly photogenic…and to come out into the! It was an amazing opportunity like I’ve never experienced before.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Konstantinos.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks David.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Sandra!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossover 2 years ago

    Another excellent shot

  • Thanks very much Michael!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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

    21 April 2012 – 2 images per day

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

    Congratulations! Your wonderful image is among the featured work of the group
    Wildlife of Southern Africa

  • Thanks so much Konstantinos!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    Terrific one,Dan :)

  • Thanks very much Tony!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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