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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH CHEETAH'S - CALENDAR by Magaret Meintjes
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CAPTURED LOCATION: THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, “SOUTH AFRICA"
“n Ongelooflike ervaring in die KRUGER NASIONALE PARK, Suid Afrika

My Calendar: "UP CLOSE WITH CHEETAH’S

TO VIEW MY CALENDAR PLEASE GO HERE

Camera Nikon D50
Lenz: Sigma 70.300mm DG

I left Lower Sabie restcamp early on a very wet and misty morning. It rained the previous night and I was on a mission, that day, to find cheetah’s, mission impossible, that was what I said to myself, but I was determined to do my best!
After, I think, an two hour drive, trying various turn offs and gravel roads, I arrived at a T-junction, stopped, wasn’t sure which way to go NEXT from there, when I suddenly noticed a lioness right in front of me, lying, just visable in dense bush, about 30 metres away from where I stopped..
I drove closer and parked my car on the other side of the road, closest to the lioness. After watching her for a while I noticed two little cubs coming out of the bush running towards her.
I suddenly heard a Hyaena call, the mother scrambled to the bush with her babies. Through the lenz of my camera, I slowly moved accross the bush to try and find her, nothing…,. as I moved further and further to the right from where she vanished, to see if I can see the Hyaena, my heart bounched in my throat! Through the lenz of my camera I spotted a cheetah, sitting up straight WITH HIS BACK TO ME, facing the direction that the Hyaena call came from! A movement further to the right caught my eye and I spotted a second cheetah! This was just to much to take in at that moment… lions, two cheetah’s and a hyaena close-by? My heart was pounding in my throat with excitement… was this really my lucky day? Right place at the right moment? At first I did not know what to do! Should I stay, or must I move my car closer to the Cheetah’s? At that moment I noticed the Cheetah in front of me cautiously getting up and stalking towards the road where I was parked. I noticed the second Cheetah also moving towards the road and decided that it was time to make my move! I slowly moved forward with both the cheetah’s next to me in the tall grass! As I moved forward on the road close to them, I noticed that my presence, or rather the moving vehicle did not worry them at all! They suddenly changed direction and moved towards the road where I was, I slowed down and they both appeared in the road right in front of me! I stopped and noticed them both, very cautious and alert, making their way to a puddle of water that was still there from the previous nights rain, I then realised that they must have been on their way to drink water from a little stream of water that was flowing right behind the bush where the lioness was with her cups.
I was amazed at the way one of them was always on the watch while the other was drinking and there was, most of the time, that contact by touching each other.
From there, all these amazing captures that I just must share….! Cheetah behaviour at it’s best! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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wildlife, cheetah

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

My Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain.
All images are copyright. All The Materials Contained May Not Be Reproduced, Copied, Edited, Published, Transmitted Or Downloaded in Any Way.

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  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so much Canyon, really appreciate the feature and the banner!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    My Calendar: "UP CLOSE WITH CHEETAH’S

    TO VIEW MY CALENDAR PLEASE GO HERE

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for excepting Ann x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    1 image per day / March 18, 2011 / Limit 20

  • bugboobunz
    bugboobunzalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so very much for the honor, I am extatic!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Sandy Beaton
    Sandy Beatonalmost 4 years ago

    What a supberb shot!

  • Thank you so very much Sands x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    Absolutely love this one – very special indeed.

  • marella
    marellaover 3 years ago

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