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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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Given 2013-12-14
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 )
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Panthera11 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
The series is amazing. Nice going!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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

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samhaspowers Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
This is amazing! 
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nGzbyk Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Amazing moment ! Great job.
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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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.
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geiersphotos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
An outstanding shot. you have my utmost respect. 
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible! I went to your website and watched the slideshow of this chase and kill. Really amazing! Congrats on the DD!
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sev3ndev1ls Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Wow that's one flexible cheetah 
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MarryEllen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
WOW! Fantastic shot!
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RangerCarter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
WOW what a shot!!!! lol he's playing grab ass :P
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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
or ass grab
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! Very interesting
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shadowmagi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely incredible shot!  You can just see the force of their speed and movements!
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   Writer
Ouch! :XD: But it's really an amazing shot.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Amazing capture! :wow:  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very impressive.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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Goppo713 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Very Awesome Photo!!!
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Shire7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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vecch3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Nice shot, would you mind telling me what was the lens, I have the 7D
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Veiled-Bride Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! Such perfect timing! And congrats on the DD! With this shot, you definitely deserved it :)
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duncan779 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Nom.
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JestePhotography Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder how you time your shots so beautifully. Did that cheetah lend you some of its speed.
Anyway Thank You for presenting us with such a nice shot.
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LinRuPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for the kind words Debasish!
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CheeTree Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student
Your work has been featured HERE! :iconcheetahlaplz:
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer
Amazing that he made it!  In this shot, it looks like he's done for!
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LinRuPhotography Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to view and comment guys!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Good timing:))
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StormyyWolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Photographer
Whoa!

Amazing capture!
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zzzCheetahzzz Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WHATTA GREAT SHOT!!!
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CheeTree Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student
If you cropped some of the upper half off, it would be even more impacting! its a great photo, like how the lighting is facing away creates a real sense of intensity, and if you have the right crop for it it would do very well.
And it seems like springbok break their legs while running a lot, could you upload/link me to the photo in which you found its leg was broken?
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LinRuPhotography Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Photographer
They do not break their legs whilst just running Cheetree! They are pretty tough! The link to the series of images are in the caption of the image!
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CheeTree Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student
i saw a video, honey the cheetah on big cat diary was hunting in the massai mara, and pursued a springbok. As soon as the bok leapt up to accelerate its leg snapped! Horrific. But I know cheetahs trip their prey, and are more than powerful enough to break their legs! and ok, i didnt see the link XD
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Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
What a gorgeous shot!
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow! What a shot!
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Crystalfeather859 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
OuchXD wouldn't like to be the springbok, nice picture:D
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that springbok must outweight the cat!
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catz537 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooo beautiful! My favorite animal gettin a good meal :3 I loovee this
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TristanShearer Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Amazing! <3
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LinRuPhotography Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Photographer
Thanks guys! Was an awesome experience and privilege to capture this event!
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John-Peter Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning! The timing is perfect and the photo is clear, without blur!! :clap:
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That's crazy!!!! What a capture!!!!!
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smalagride Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
wauwie!
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Akatsuki-fighter Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
amazing picture
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