Pattaya City, Thailand
Grace And Elegance
Photograph - Digital Photograph
The hierarchy of Africa's big cats have the lion at the top of the food chain, followed by the leopard, and then the cheetah. Size and sheer strength sets the lion and leopard ahead, but when it comes to grace and elegance on the hunt the cheetah is in a league of its own.
During my two weeks in Kenya's Masai Mara last month, we had seven encounters with cheetah, three of which we came across in wonderfully warm morning light while on the hunt, two of those resulting in success by the cheetah you see here. For many people fortunate to witness this, the chase is of course the most thrilling part, but what gets my heart racing all the more is watching the cheetah's totally focused behaviour, it's fluidity of motion, pure nimbleness and grace from the moment it's seen it's prey in the distance as it pads silently forward downwind until it feels it's within striking range.
I've only seen lion and leopard hunts unfold in wildlife documentaries before, and these are truly remarkable hunters too for their stealth and raw power, but observing a cheetah in anticipation of it's chase is like watching beautiful music in motion, if that makes any sense to you!
If you have something of a passion for animals as well as wildlife photography and wish to join us in Kenya on our next photo safari, feel free to contact me anytime for more details either by message here on FAA or direct to natureimpressions at yahoo.com
As opposed to regular safaris, we concentrate on improving your photographic skills and getting you into the most favourable situations in the field that will enable you to capture the best images of every given opportunities. We currently offer 7-day, 10-day, and 14-day photo safaris in Kenya, in addition to which I will be happy to share my knowledge of developing photos to help you bring out the very best of your own.
Many more of my pictures can be seen over on my website - www.ashley-vincent.com - and if you see one there that you would like to purchase as a print but you do not find it over here in my FAA portfolio, please send me a message or email to let me know the picture title and reference number (both of which you will find under all photos in the galleries on my website) and I will post it up here for you immediately.
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July 12th, 2013
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