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Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:07 pm

Mom checking whether all the "babies" were still following her......

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By now it was half an hour later and I had a splitting head ache..........We decided to carry one a bit and wait for the cheetahs to catch on again. So we sat in the shade of a tree and waited for the cheetahs and the rest of the cars.

I tried to keep them in my side rear view mirror, but at a stage I lost view of the cheetahs..........
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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:37 pm

By now it was close to 13H45 and SO saw them up on the ridge.

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Look at how well mom camouflage!!!

A bit further on a huge herd of Springbok was grazing!! And mom sure was looking for lunch!!!

We decided to move on towards the next shady spot and left the cars and cheetahs behind...........
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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:42 pm

By 14H15 SO spotted the cheetahs now directly above the Springbok!!

When mom started her chase, I started taking photos of the springbok!! Hopefully her speed would be higher than theirs and at a stage she will appear in my photos!!! :pray: :pray:

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Shot 4 and there mom is!!

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Springbok had no chance!! She had him in the eye and lunch would be served!!
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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:45 pm

All the cars had caught up with us by now, but thank goodness we where in front and had great views!!

If all just kept on working out this great!! (she might just decide to go catch that Springbok behind a big bush!! :wall:

Anyway she and Springbok swerved and I lost sight of them through my lens!!

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Thee dust photos later and what popped up right in front of the bakkie!!!

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:52 pm

My first photo of the springbok running was @ 14H13.29 my last photo where the Springbok was dead was @ 14H17.30 Four minute to chase, catch and kill the springbok!! That is quick!!!


The start of the end............

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:54 pm

And down he went.......

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These four photos....... 7 seconds
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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:00 pm

Up to now the two "babies" just sat and watched mom do all the work!!

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:02 pm

When she was sure the Springbok was dead she called the youngsters........

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She then walked of to the tree next to us and left the Springbok in the road..........

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:06 pm

Thanks Porridge! Het einde niet......

The two youngsters (mom in the background)...........

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:07 pm

At long last the one youngster got up and went to fetch the Springbok..........

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:16 pm

Finally got things moving........

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And then Sis showed up to lend a helping mouth.......

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:18 pm

A lot easier when it's team work........

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And up the little hill in reverse......

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Look at those claws!!!
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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:19 pm

Thanks Sis nearly done.........

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No No No........don't let go!!!

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:20 pm

Lots of spinning in the loose sand and no help!!!

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:31 pm

They finally got the Springbok up on the side of the road.

Only one of them then pulled the springbok to the shade of the tree where mom was still resting!

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