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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-12-29 3:55
Viewed: 341
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I have captured these two beautiful Cheetah at Kruger National Park during our staying at Shingwedzi Rest Camp. Everyday we used to wake up 3am and started our day to find birds and animals, in our self driven car. Coming out from our Camp at 4.30am, we found them sleeping, so we spend more than 3 hours to get perfect picture. Patience is bitter, but it's result is sweet.

The Cheetah's body is built for speed. It's legs are relatively long compared to its greyhound-like body; it has a big heart and lungs and wide nasal passages. It is the fastest land animal, timed running at speeds of up to 114km/h.
Typically, a cheetah will start a charge 60m to 100m from an antelope and, within seconds, will be racing at full tilt. If the buck is alerted in time, it will attempt to throw the cheetah off its trail by zigzagging and dodging between trees and shrubs. Using its long, heavy tail as a stabiliser, the cheetah will single-mindedly pursue its intended prey, trying to anticipate which way it will turn.
At the right moment, it will knock the antelope off balance and grab it by the throat as it falls. Because of the relatively small jaws and teeth, cheetahs are not as effective in killing their prey as quickly as lions or leopards, and it can take between five and 25 minutes for its prey to die.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-12-29 12:23]

Hi Srikumar,a lot of time but finally the result is simply amazing! The sharpness on the couple is the best as possible,and the backgrouns seems an abstract painting,another top quality pic from Kruger!! I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,
Amazing capture with exceptional details as usual...I wish you a prosperous new year !

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2019-12-30 12:54]

Amazing big cats and very successfull composition.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-12-31 13:08]

Hi Srikumar
Wait was worth it. Your shot is as magnificent as these cheetah.


Happy new year Sri
very nice picture with good sharpness and nice composition

Hi Sri,
It's true patience is bitter, as you wrote in your note. I surely shouldn't be able to wake up at 3 AM every day for anything... Anyway, the result's awesome. Exceptional composition with the rightside cheetah's forming a semi-diagonal line on the photo how they are relying on their front legs, and although there's some background noise, sharpness on the big cats is perfect. Spectacular image, bravo!
Kind regards, László

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