We followed a cheetah (back in 2011)! as she was hunting in the south of the Serengeti, as she was the first animal we saw after leaving the camp at 6:00 am... withing 500 yards of our coffee tent!
After her long trek through the bush, she cam to a tree out in the open to rest, maybe 2 hours later. She then stayed pretty still while watching for prey to walk by. We could tell she was hungry judging by the narrow waistline.
I asked the guide if it was ok to get out of the truck, and get down under the truck for a low angle shot. He said no problem! My head was against the muffler while I prepared for her to get up, but she didn't move, and she didn't even notice I was there, only 25 yards away!
So I fired a few shots to see if I could get her attention, and wow! did it work! She came over for a look, and I was amazed! I may have fired 40 frames, then decided to get up, and back into the truck.. she moved on.
Cheetahs are not aggressive with humans, they are known to be very gentle, and much like a dog with their attitude. Even known to walk into a camp, and lay down beside a fire, with people present.
What a brilliant animal.
2020 tour coming soon!
Tanzania - February 2020
Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/640s f/4.0 at 200.0mm iso200