Canon 60D, 100-400L, 400mm, 1/160, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 434 Sept 24, 2013

Featured in: 300+ go long, Big cats, Love those creatures

One of the features of the leopard (Panthera pardus) that has always enthralled me is their penetrating gaze that seems to slice right through you. Had it not been for the keen eyesight of our game guide, we’d have never seen this gorgeous cat lying in the underbrush right near the road. Somewhat disconcerting is the knowledge that that icy stare had us fixed in it’s sights way before we were even remotely aware of his presence.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks very much Ann!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Jann Ashworth
    Jann Ashworthalmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful image! You really have to view Larger to appreciate those amazing eyes, and I can imagine the thrill it must have been to be so close to the magnificent leopard. Instant favourite, and thanks for sharing.

  • I’m glad you liked it so much Jann! They really are stunning creatures and never fail to get my heart racing, no matter how often I see them.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 3 years ago

    holy tomatoes! if looks (alone) could kill, hey?

  • Funny, that was my thought when I spotted him. Uhmmm….have to admit that wasn’t quite the way I worded it though!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    1 image per day!

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

    1 May 2012 – 2 images per day

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/05/11 1 Image per 24hrs

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much ken!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jacann40
    jacann40over 2 years ago

    Wow, that’s a gorgeous shot – such a majestic animal!

  • Thanks very much Annie! There’s few animals that can compare with the beauty of the leopard.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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