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Impalas might be considered as one of the least enigmatic animals on a safari. However, I am always delighted by their beautiful color and their peculiar “stotting” behavior while running. On one of our morning game drives in Masai Mara, we came across a big heard of impalas. Usually they are extremely skittish and are always alert due to the big numbers of predators present in the mara. We drove up to them quietly so as to not disturb the tranquility of the surroundings and watched them graze peacefully on the lush grass after the early morning rain. Suddenly, we heard alarm calling at a distance which triggered the impalas to scatter in all directions, jumping and running in frenzy. These few seconds afforded me the opportunity to capture this image. It gave an amazing perspective of their peculiar pronking behavior as they lifted all four feet off the ground simultaneously. Technical Specs: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200-400mm F4L lens, 1/8000 sec at f4; ISO 800, bean bag. Post Processing: Cropping, minor levels and saturation adjustment, slight sharpening and minor vignetting.

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