Yawning for attention

Posted by Marc on Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:15 pm

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A very relaxed sub adult female cheetah approaches my vehicle, lies down to stretch and yawn under an early evening sky on the open plains of Namiri/Serengeti. Her mother was also just feet away. Such a treat! (captured with monopod/rigged @ ground level + Camranger remote)
This recent month long Ruaha/Namiri TZ trip has been one not easily forgotten. With lost bags, escaping a fatal plane crash by 24hrs, smashed D5 & 400 f/2.8 long lens combo, 4 Caracal sightings, a zebra birth, great close encounters with a cheetah mum and sub-adult to a magical last day sighting of a lioness walking & carrying her 3 x 4 week old cubs over 4 km from their birthplace in the marsh to their new Kopje home to join the rest of her 10 other siblings. :D  Can't wait to return here again for the Gnu calving in 8 weeks time.

Nikon D810
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2 (love this new VC equipped lens, every bit as good as the twice as expensive Nikkor VR version plus it's 41mm shorter!)
ISO1250@ 68mm.


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by Carol Clarke on Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:33 pm
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You can almost see what she had for breakfast, Marc! Great perspective - and shot!
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by david fletcher on Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:33 am
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super shot Marc. Magical!
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by stevenmajor on Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:47 am
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Very nice image and enlightening words.
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by Octavio Salles on Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:16 am
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Excellent, love the wide angle perspective.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:03 pm
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Wonderful pose- very unusual perspective! Love the story too.
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