Rajeeb Bharali

Camera: Canon EOS R3

Lens: Canon 600mm f4 IS II USM

Aperture: f/4.0

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 100

Description: Seen in this image is a pair of zebras leaping over a stream of water.

Story from behind the lens: We were in the Mara plains after we caught sight of a leopard on a tree with his overnight kill when we heard on the radio about a huge herd of zebras crossing over. We were told it was a "mini-migration" of sorts. Without wasting any time, we rushed to the spot where we could see endless zebras making their path chaotically to cross the river. Content with the sight, we drove a little further and on our left we saw the same herd making their way on the plains, where they would have to again cross a river stream to get to the high lands. The river was home to crocodiles. Sensing that a hunt could be on if the zebras decide to take the plunge, we made up our minds to take a pause and wait for the action to happen. However, the stripped beauties outsmarted us as they found a safer path to get. Instead of swimming across the river, few decided to move a little ahead where the narrow stream of water flowed and joined the river near us. Cautiously investigating the waters, the first few jumped across. The rest of the herd didn't waste time. They followed the footsteps of the first movers and started jumping over too. I was eager to get a shot where I could frame two adults leaping at the same time. The moment finally arrived when these two timed it to perfection. At the end, the wait was totally worth it. This image was captured in December, 2022.