Fleeting Glimpse of the Fleet Afoot…

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This one’s not going to win any wildlife photography awards but it comes with an interesting story…

Early one morning in the wilds of Damaraland, near Palmwag, a group of intrepid Canadians (with one token Aussie and a Yank!) stealthily plied the backroads in search of wildlife to photograph.  Having had little success after more than an hour and a half on the road (other than some nice landscape scenes) they stopped to admire and photograph a pied crow perched mockingly on a dead tree near the road.  As we clicked a few images the crow cawed in our general direction causing us to focus our attentions on him even more.  After a short while someone called out in earnest “cheetah”.  This fellow had risen from the ground very near our truck and loped off into the woods probably angry that we had alerted his potential prey – purely speculation on my part.  I was lucky enough to swing my camera around and catch a few frames of the sleek feline before he was gone.  Looking back at the time stamps on the images, 5 seconds elapsed from the last image of the crow to when the cheetah disappeared from sight.  It happened so fast that I could only keep my fingers crossed that any of the images might be actually be in focus at 600mm!  At the time, I don’t think any of us were really worried about the images but we simply in awe with the encounter.

Unexpected.

Brief.

Exhilarating.

That’s wildlife photography at its best!

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