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Mamma Cheetah with cubs, taken in Masai Mara in Sept 2015

Basking in the golden light

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A few I've taken through the years:

 

In the Mara

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The first wild cheetah I ever saw in Samburu...they (there are two) had just killed a gazelle

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Two brothers in Phinda, KwaZulu Natal

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Lewa

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I'm pleased with this one from the Mara in 2016 (Feb). Malika's son trying to figure out if he can take down a zebra.

 

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A Mara cheetah still a little bedraggled from a feed.

 

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Nikon D7200, 80-400mm @ 400mm. f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 400. Converted in Lightroom with Silver Efex Pro

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Male Cheetah with a kill. Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. January 2017.

 

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Amidst White Wildflowers

 

Photographed at 5:42 pm on 6 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 100, 1/200 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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Our all-day drive in Masai Mara was coming to a close, with thoughts of dinner mixed with memories of a series of superb bird, reptile and mammal sightings.

 

@Anthony Gitau spotted two cheetah resting amidst white wildflowers. They were somewhat difficult to see in the reduced light which made his spot all the more impressive.

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NORTHERN SERENGETI N.P. TANZANIA. 7th & 9th JULY 2015.

Whilst out on an afternoon game drive (14.00, Lamai Wedge) I noticed about 1/2 a mile to one side of our vehicle a blurred flash followed by a cloud of dust. Our guide agreed to investigate, on arrival we located a female cheetah and 2 cubs with a gazelle kill. The following images were taken during a 10 minute observation. As one cub was much more nervous than the other and disappeared into the long grass on our arrival, we decided to leave to let them feast in peace. Lots of hyena were about and we wanted them to feed well before the kill was discovered.

Two days later (06.30, 3 miles further south, just north of the Mara River) we located the family again and watched from a distance an unsuccessful hunt. Amazingly when the mother aborted the chase the lucky gazelle turned towards her and started to follow her back to where she had hidden her cubs. The gazelle approached to about 20 yards of the cheetah who fortunately by now was pre-occupied with maternal duties, one of the cubs had climbed a small tree and was having great difficulty returning to terra firma. (Incident too far away for any meaningful images).

Image 1: On arrival at the kill, as seen.

Image 2: Mother with the more bold cub.

Image 3: As 2 but reasonable shot of the butterfly, top right.

Image 4: The bold cub with lipstick.

Image 5: Two days later, Mother with her 2 cubs.

Image 6: The shy cub.

 

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@johnweir Image #3 is fantastic and engaging in that it captures aspects of life and death very well. That butterfly being there is so ironic and unexpected. What a great picture.

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