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Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/500, f5.6, ISO 400

Views:509 August 14, 2013

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There have been few occassions where I’ve felt really uneasy about a lion (Panthera leo) sighting, but this was certainly one of them. We were sure that she had very young cubs in the area and from her body language I’m sure we’d found the spot. She had a sense about her of being a coiled spring, ready to shoot into action. Lions typically have a very lazy quality to their gaze but this girl had us riveted in her sights with every muscle tensed!

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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    A great pic Dan!!

  • Thanks so much Elizabeth!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    love the eyes :)

  • Thanks very much Tony! They are beautiful but felt like they were looking right through me.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Be careful mate…awesome capture.

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  • Thanks very much Derek!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 2 years ago

    Great shot!!!!

  • Thanks so much Jammingene!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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

    26 May 2012 – 2 images per day

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

    26 May 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/05/27 1 Image per 24hrs

  • aurelie k
    aurelie kover 2 years ago

    OMG don’t get any closer!!

  • LOL….with this one we were definitely close enough!!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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    lcretyiover 2 years ago


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  • Thanks so much Laura

    – Dan MacKenzie

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