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Camera: Nikon Z9

Lens: Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF lens

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 560

Description: This Tano Bora cheetah coming straight towards me after taking a few bites of a Topi they brought down. He made me very nervous.

Story from behind the lens: This is the cheetah in the Tano Bora coalition that brought down a topi before the others joined the hunt. After taking a few bites the cheetah decided to walk directly towards me when I was lying low in the safari vehicle. This image shows the animal staring at me/my lens. I must confess I became very nervous when he kept coming too close to the vehicle. I froze and my good guide asked me to stay very still! Did I have any other option? He came panting to lie in the shadow cast by our safari vehicle Thankfully he had already had some lunch! We were not able to move away till he decided to go back to the kill after almost 6 to 7 minutes. I will never ever forget those nervous moments.