Ivan Glaser

Camera: Nikon Z9

Lens: Nikon 180-400mm f/4

Aperture: F/10

Shutter speed: 1/3200

ISO: 3600

Description: A Cheetah takes on a Topi

Story from behind the lens: The "Mbili Bora", the last two remaining Cheetah from the famous "Tano Bora", were on the hunt again. Despite being down from their peak of 5 Cheetah hunting together to just 2, they still have an incredible ability to take on prey much bigger and heavier than themselves, like this Topi. Nowadays though, it seems that just one of the brothers does the running with the other hanging well back until the final moments of the hunt where he will come in and help. Their tactic seems to be to do relatively short and fast chases and grab hold of the prey with one leg around the neck area while trying to reach down towards the prey's lower leg with their other leg, as can be seen in the image. This results in the prey stumbling and once that happens, the hunt usually comes to a quick end.

It is really incredible to watch because they are running at around 70kph while doing this and it is of course very risky.