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Some cracking shots everybody, will definitely keep MAC happy!

 

 

Indeed!!! and i'm off to see BonitaApplebum's images on the Flickr.

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Some really terrific photos of cheetahs. Well done everyone.

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Posted (edited)

Ellie - those 3 cheetah, would they be Honey's Boys? A very successful coalition and beautifully captured pictures :)

Edited by whorty1970

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Whorty, I don't think these are Honey's Boys. Our guide said it was a mother and 2 grown cubs, and based on their actions before and during the kill, I think he was correct. We found them in Masai Mara, and saw some Governor's camp trucks in the same area, but otherwise I have no idea where we were!

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Lebala, Botswana, Nov. 2010:

 

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Kwara, Botswana, Nov. 2010:

 

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Posted (edited)

Thanks, Thomas. Nice to see recent pics of both the coalitions. The "Boys of Lagoon" appear hungry and "on the march"..... in your photos!!!

Edited by madaboutcheetah

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Hari, you´re right.

The Lagoon boys, who by the way were close to Lebala, managed to kill a baby impala shortly after these pics were taken.

Thomas

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Thanks for the info, Thomas. Reading the newsletters, it appears that the female cheetah at Kwara is still with the 4 grown cubs. Any news of this? Thanks....

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Taken on a recent 4 week trip to the Mara & Serengeti-Nth Tanz.

 

 

Eyeing up your prey.

 

06.27am

We had the privilege of watching this 2 year old male Cheetah hunt and take down a young Wildebeest this particular early cloudy morning.

The acceleration by this male was unbelievable, one minute simply strolling along, the next hitting the afterburners taking off and nailing his prey in what seemed a matter of seconds.

Here he is about 90 seconds before his success.

 

D3s 500VR 1/200s ISO3200@f/5.6 Nth Serengeti, Tanzania Oct 2010.

 

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Hunting in the rain

 

This is the mum of two 11 month old Cheetah boys who's eyes are fixed on a baby Thompsons Gazelle she has just located hiding in the grassland,

moments later all three were feasting on the hapless creature as the rain continued to pelt down.

The light was fading fast in the heavy cloud and rainstorm.

 

D3s 500VR + 1.4tc ISO3200 1/125s@f/6.3 beanbag out of window 30% crop. NR on BG

 

 

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Mum and her 6 pack!

 

This is Shingu the proud mum of six 7 week old cubs (as at Oct 2010)

Had a real time of it just trying to get ALL 7 looking vaguely in the one direction.:D

 

In the 10 days we were in the Mara, she led quite an eventful life, totally losing one of the cubs for an hour or so and then finding it again in a real Disney joyful reunion moment and on another occasion fighting off a mature male Lion by getting up on her haunches and snarling, then taking off in the opposite direction to her 6 (now fleeing) cubs, leading the Lion away.

One very special mum for sure.

 

D3s 500VR 1/1600s ISO400@f/6.3 Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010

 

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Snap, Crackle and Pop

 

These are the Mara three Cheetah bros on the lookout for Gnu in the late afternoon.

The light was not optimum with heavy cloud, unfortunately, but when you get all 3 on the mound you make the most of it.

Cropped to pano.

 

D3s 500VR 1/640s ISO800@f/6.3 Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010

 

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Cheetah trio dawn awakening.

 

Snap, Crackle and Pop here again doing some very early morning surveying work.

Tweaked the sky in Nik Color Efix pro3 using a grad filter and darkened the FG just enough to still give some detail.

Would have wished that the BG line wasn't intersecting the two heads and that all 3 were looking in the same direction, for as long as I waited that just wasn't going to happen.:lol:

 

 

D3s 500VR 1/1000s ISO800@f/6.3 Masai Mara Oct 2010

 

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The lesson

 

7.53am.

Mum (at rear) supervising her two 11mth old cubs chasing down a baby Thomson's Gazelle, as often happens this young pair simply stumbled upon the tommie who broke from cover, then the chase was on.

Toned down some of the highlights in the grass across the trio & gazelle, left minor BG termite mounds as is.;)

 

D3s 500VR 1/1600s ISO400@f/5.6 Masai Mara- Kenya Oct 2010, 30% crop to pano.

 

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Like mother, like son.

 

This is mum with one of her two 11 month old boys, on the lookout for baby Tommie snacks.:)

 

D3s 500VR+1.4tc 1/800s ISO1600@f/7 Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010

 

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I'm King of the world!

 

One of Shingu's 6 cubs, announcing to the world.:)

 

D3s 500VR 1/1000s ISO400@f/7 Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010.

 

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A lesson in stalking

 

6.15pm and it was getting quite dark as one of the 3 Cheetah bros

is stalking a herd of Gnu. Taken @12,800ISO

Masai Mara- Kenya

 

D3s 500VR+1.7tc 1/250s ISO12800@f/6.3 NR on BG.

 

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Treetop lookout

 

This is one of two 11 month old Cheetah bros who decided to climb this tree just like a leopard and quite high, some 5-6 metres in fact.

The light was fading fast with a storm on the way.

 

D3s 500VR 1/250s ISO1600@f/7.1 Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010

 

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Cheers

Marc

Edited by africaaddict
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Oh yes, fantastic photos Marc, thanks for uploading! Love that last one...

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Some brilliant shots, Marc. That's what I call safari photography ;)

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Fantastic pictures!

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Oh yes, I so agree with you guys. What brilliant shots. Thankyou, africaaddict.

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Great images, Marc.

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Great photos Marc.

 

That's what I call safari photography

I disagree;

 

That's what I call professional wildlife photography.

 

About time we stopped trying to confuse the two.

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Great photos Marc.

 

That's what I call safari photography

I disagree;

 

That's what I call professional wildlife photography.

 

About time we stopped trying to confuse the two.

I loved the photos - but I do have to agree with Twaffle.

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I loved the photos - but I do have to agree with Twaffle.

 

 

I'll pay you later ..... B)

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Six cubs! Wow!

 

Great pics.

 

I too am with Twaffle (pay me anytime)..

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Me jealous? You bet. In my next life I am going to be a prof photographer|!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with a big Twaffle camera and all the lenses I can carry B)

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I have seen great safari pics taken by non-professionals and Marc has obviously talent for it. Other people that come to mind here: Russell Johnson, Ken Watkins and John Milbank. In South Africa, amateur wildlife photography is a big thing. Take a look at f.e. www.outdoorphoto.co.za.

 

On the other hand, for most people photography isn't the most important thing while on safari and that reflects quite often in the pictures on show here. Nothing wrong with it, quite normal I would actually say. And some are more handy with the camera than others B)

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I'm sure I posted this photo on Safaritalk somewhere but obviously not here so I'll put it in now.

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One of the brothers.

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If I get time I'll put some more up.

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I don't have that many cheetah pics, I'm afraid. It's THE predator that seems to evade me the most. Here's a few;

 

 

Khwai, Botswana, 2008 (start with a bit o' gore)

 

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Better:

 

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Timbavati, South Africa, 2010

 

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And a politically incorrect picture...

 

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Some of my cheetah pics. ;)

 

 

Kwara

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Vumbura

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Tuli block - Mashatu

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Kwara

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Kwara

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Kwara

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Kwando - Lagoon

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Kwara

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Nice snapshots.

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Fab, bit more than "snapshots"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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