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On a game drive in the Ndutu plains of Southern Serengeti, we spotted a lone cheetah who was determined to make a kill. After many failed attempts, it finally stalked and successfully killed a springbok. Cheetahs, even though an extremely fast killing machine, are quite low in the food chain and are frequently attacked by other predators like, lions, leopards and hyenas. Hence, in order to survive in the wild they have to be on high alert all the time. Particularly, a lone cheetah like this one is quite vulnerable while it is feeding. We spent a good numbers of hours with the cheetah while it devoured the freshly killed springbok. What was interesting is that not even for a second did it take its eyes away from our closely parked vehicle and every now and then would look straight at us reminding us that it is fully aware of its surroundings. Perhaps a survival instinct which it has developed over the years of experience and training. Technical Specs: Canon EOS 1DX, 200-400mm F4L lens, 1/500 sec at F5.6, ISO 320, bean bag. Post Processing: Cropping, Minor Level and saturation adjustment, Minor Sharpening.

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