Cheetah wins a Grant ;)

Posted by Marc on Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:14 am

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Just back from an incredible month long trip to the Central, then Northern Serengeti witnessing and capturing an amazing 13 kills, (8 by Cheetah, 2 Lion, 1 Serval, 1 Leopard and 1 Caracal)

With one highlight here being a male cheetah ( he lost his bro to a male leopard attack, back in June, when we tried to save him) chasing and bringing down an adult male Grant's Gazelle, probably my best sighting ever of a successful chase & kill, it was all over in just 12 secs!

This is just one frame in dozens that captured the moment from start to finish, knowing this boys great hunting prowess, we waited patiently for him for over 2 hours to select his target, springing out from a heavy croton thicket as the Grant's approached, totally unaware what was about to strike,
the pair initially ran almost straight at us then a right angle that saw them run directly past & parallel to our vehicle, bringing him down just 30M away, all happening in glorious 5.30pm light and less than 400M from camp with no other vehicle in sight. 

A chase sequence one dares to only dream about.

Central Serengeti- TZ.

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by John Spreitzer on Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:09 pm
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Glad that your patience was rewarded. Super action captured. That Grant's has quite a set of horns.
Sounds like an amazing month. Looking forward to seeing more.

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:37 pm
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An amazing scene and a great story. Just thrilling. Looking forward to more.
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by Paul Rossi on Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:34 pm
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Awesome action image and story. Would love to see more.

by david fletcher on Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:35 am
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Congrats on a fine sighting and your best ever. Stuff of dreams... brilliant
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:57 pm
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No wonder he's a good hunter, from what I can see he looks like a powerfully built cheetah!

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