Eyes of fire

Serengeti, Tan­za­nia

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Chee­tahs are abun­dant on the plains of the Serengeti, where they of­ten prey on wilde­beest. A chee­tah hunt is al­ways touch-and-go – the cats rely on a short, sharp burst of speed to bring down their prey. It’s an ex­haust­ing busi­ness and their meal is of­ten stolen by burlier an­i­mals like lions and hye­nas. Mar­lon fol­lowed this par­tic­u­lar hunt from be­gin­ning to end. You can see the in­ten­sity and fa­tigue in the chee­tah’s fiery eyes as it des­per­ately tries to sub­due the wilde­beest.

HOW? Canon EOS 1D X, 400 mm lens, shut­ter speed 1/125 sec­ond, aper­ture f4, ISO 4000.

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