Randall Ball

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm-S Nikkor 400mm, f/4

Aperture: f/11

Shutter speed: 1/2000

ISO: 3600

Description: Cheetah taking down a Thomson's Gazelle lamb.

Story from behind the lens: We had been observing a brother and sister cheetah pair that were stalking some Thomson's gazelles and had failed on an earlier attempt. We had taken a break to have bush breakfast when we received word that they had captured a gazelle lamb. We rushed to the sighting where we caught them still "playing" with the lamb for sport. This frame is just before it was taken down for the last time.