Canon 60D, Canon 100-400mm, 400 mm, 1/400, f5.6, ISO 1600
A male cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) combines the cover of a tree with the height advantage of the little rise that the tree rests on to survey his territory for potential threats or quarry. At a distinct disadvantage in size and so on the lowest rung of the big cat heirarchy, the cheetah needs to spend as much time watching its own back as it does looking out for prey. Masters of the high speed dash, they none the less depend on stealth to get close to prey before being able to take full advantage of their extremely fast but short lived burst of speed.
Okavango delta, Botswana