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Kgalagadi Cheetah Kill by LinRuPhotography Kgalagadi Cheetah Kill by LinRuPhotography
On day two of our first visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we were fortunate enough to witness our second cheetah kill near Gemsbokplein...We drove past the springbok where it was sunbathing in the open dry river bed and barely took any cognisance of it. Needless to say, it all changed when we suddenly saw the cheetah in the shade of a tree about one hundred meters further - It was already preparing for the chase! A quick "Reverse Liefie!!!" was all I said to my wife who was driving and trust me, it was the longest one hundred meter reverse I ever experienced! We missed the first couple of precious seconds of the chase, but at least I could get the rest! Unfortunately the light was against me, but I tried to make the best of the situation...

I only saw that the springbok broke his leg when I processed the images and once again appreciated his fighting spirit and desire for life - He was down with a broken leg and we thought it was all over, when he suddenly got up and made another run for it, just postponing the inevitable!

You can view the whole series of images on MY WEBSITE

© Rudi van den Heever - LinRu Photography

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Suggester said; "This is one of the most amazing action shots I have seen here!"

Kgalagadi Cheetah Kill by ~LinRuPhotography ( Suggested by JestePhotography and Featured by Anoya )
Panthera11 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
The series is amazing. Nice going!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - December 2013! :heart:
MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well done on the DD Rudi!!
DisneyFan-01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer

It's strange to think.

Even though you feel a tad bit sorry for the prey, seeing a cheetah hunt is a beautiful sight.  The way it's rubbery back stretches and how it's slim legs extend out.  When you watch a video of it, no matter if it's in slow motion or regular speed, just watching the graceful large feline run after its food is just a beautiful sight.  In fact, everything a cheetah does has grace in it, the way it walk, the way it sits, the way it runs, and even the way it eats, they're so graceful and elegant like a princess or something. 

samhaspowers Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
This is amazing! 
nGzbyk Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Amazing moment ! Great job.
tophxomi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thats-a-moray Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful photos. It's so difficult for cheetahs to make a kill and hold onto it. They were both fighting for survival. You really captured the drama of the hunt.
geiersphotos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An outstanding shot. you have my utmost respect. 
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