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This cheetah was one of a pair that had just finished feasting on an impala they had caught. The blood picked out by the sun on his whiskers and face is also apparent as a reddish tone to some of his fur. After they had left what remained to the vultures, he and his partner walked slowly over to where we were parked under a tree, somewhere I think they had earmarked as a shaded spot to clean up and sleep off their meal. However, they decided they didn’t like the company and ambled slowly off to the next tree to doze in private.

The two little blips by his right ear are flies!

Taken in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS3 with Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens; Fuji Velvia transparency film scanned with a Nikon Superscan ED5000 scanner.

Uploaded 31 May 2009
Numbers of views on 5 July 2011: 209

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Wow! wonderful work sweetheART great capture ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks so much, Val, for your wonderful comment!!

    – David Clarke

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 5 years ago

    Wow Dave, this is fantastic

  • Thanks so much, Lyn:)

    – David Clarke

  • laurav
    lauravover 5 years ago

    Great image!

  • Many thanks, Laura:)

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much, Justart! I just noticed you are a featured artist in Outsiders! There doesn’t seem to be a direct way to congrat on that, so, congratulations!

    – David Clarke

  • Mark Maloney
    Mark Maloneyover 5 years ago

    Really nice Dave

  • Many thanks, Mark!

    – David Clarke

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture David

  • Thanks very much. Kelly:)

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    thank you David, did not know that

  • You’re welcome, Justart, sometimes these things are well-hidden!

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Many thanks, Kathy:)

    – David Clarke

  • Rosy Kueng
    Rosy Kuengover 5 years ago

    Splendid image Dave! You caught the moment perfectly and the lighting is wonderful…

  • Thanks so much, Rosy. Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been on a trip to the UK and had no time to bubble!

    – David Clarke

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 5 years ago

    Fabulous creature!!

  • Thanks very much, Lance – sorry for the late reply, I’ve been on a trip to the UK and had no time to bubble!

    – David Clarke

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