15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

In one of my recent Masai Mara trip I was just concentrating only on cheetah hunts. So me and my guide we spotted a cheetah and spend the whole day watching it closely. This happened for many days and on the second last day of my trip this cheetah targeted a gazelle. The target was locked and the cheetah started running towards the gazelle and even the gazelle started running for its life. The chase continued and I could capture this frame in a fraction of a second wherein at one glance when you at this picture you will see the cheetah having a deer’s head with many legs. I found this picture very interesting and unique. Soon after this picture was taken the cheetah tactfully uses his front left foot to hit its prey in such a way that it falls down and the cheetah caught it immediately.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Thomas Vijayan