17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
If looks could kill

As per IUCN leopards are categorized as "Vulnerable".Made this image on an early morning safari to Jhalna. Made this image on an early morning safari to Jhalna .We had certain alarm calls from the peacock and had positioned our vehicle near the safari track.The peacocks kept on calling and we were a bit confused where the leopard was and whether it was false alarm call.Suddenly the driver pointed out to small bush.To all our surprise,there it was – looking straight at me.What a moment.Those blue eyes were just mesmerizing.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D5300
Copyright: © Shubhankar Dey