Antonio Sanchez Chamorro

Camera: Nikon Z9

Lens: 400mm

Aperture: f/4

Shutter speed: 1/1000

ISO: 80

Description: The young cheetah Ngao had just tried to hunt a Thomson’s gazelle when he decided to rest at the top of a hill - enjoying a magnificent sunset at the Masai Mara.

Story from behind the lens: We were enjoying a great afternoon in the Masai Mara when we spotted the young cheetah Ngao, son of Nashipai. Not long ago he lost her sister Namelok, and now he was a lone cheetah of the Mara. He was hiding behind a bush because he spotted a group of Thomson’s gazelles. We spent about an hour waiting for the gazelles to approach him. Maybe due to his lack of experience, he launched the race too early, and he missed. He then decided to move to another area. Probably seeing that the day would end without food, he decided to relax on a top of the hill, looking at the sunset. He used his tail to shoo flies, but it resembled he was covering his eyes to look at the horizon.