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Impala's really can fly! (Cheetah successfully hunting an Impala Ram)

  
 
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From an amazing successful hunt* by Cheetah Mum "Namunyak".
It took her 6 days for the perfect hunting scenario, my guide Martin and I also waited patiently for 3 days to capture the whole drama that took 30+ mins to finally subdue this big male and not before it regained consciousness and rose up many times before it was finally subdued. (Will post from that sequence later)
Mum and her two 5 mth old cubs dined well this day.
Naboisho Conservancy, Mara- Kenya.

*I've shot probably over 100+ Cheetah hunts and this is now my 9th or 10th time capturing a Cheetah hunt sequence with my Z9/20fps and oddly enough just as Mum tripped up this big Ram sending him into the path of a med size bush culminating in a dramatic catapult and flip, my Z9 missed 4 or 5 frames twice in between regaining AF (so it regained AF each time in 1/5s) and yet Martin ( my video rookie: shooting with video on my other Z9/70-200 didn't miss a beat! ...........Totally blown away by how good the video AF is.

Here's a link to the YT video in 120p Slo Mo:





Symmetry in their stride

Nikon Z9
Nikkor Z400 TC f/2.8
1/3200s
f/6.3
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Cheers
Marc




Apr 17, 2024 at 03:35 AM
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Man, what action! Those are really epic action shots, all spot on and the subject really draws you in.
Your hard work has paid off big time. Congrats.
Eric



Apr 17, 2024 at 07:00 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Impala's really can fly! (Cheetah successfully hunting an Impala Ram)


Awesome action! Thanks for sharing!

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Apr 17, 2024 at 07:01 AM
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Terrific real-life action, Marc!
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Apr 17, 2024 at 07:45 AM
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Marc, stunning series and video, great work on these!

Bob

YGMV



Apr 17, 2024 at 10:57 AM
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congrats - thats quite the experience captured wonderfully


Apr 17, 2024 at 11:11 AM
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Great video and stills.

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Apr 17, 2024 at 11:47 AM
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Your patience paid off with a super sequence and video Mark.

Morris



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Erictator wrote:
Man, what action! Those are really epic action shots, all spot on and the subject really draws you in.
Your hard work has paid off big time. Congrats.
Eric


Many thanks Eric,

to capture these moments sometimes requires many days, as this proved.



Apr 18, 2024 at 06:07 PM
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Thank you to all the above comments, greatly appreciated.


Apr 19, 2024 at 04:37 PM
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simply amazing raw action, nicely done, Marc. voted


Apr 19, 2024 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Impala's really can fly! (Cheetah successfully hunting an Impala Ram)


What a super set Mark. At that speed itís got to be tough to track.

Dave



Apr 21, 2024 at 10:39 AM
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Dave_E wrote:
What a super set Mark. At that speed itís got to be tough to track.

Dave


Once I hand over to 3D (from my C1W 1x1) it pretty much locks on AF, just as long as the grass length isn't too high.

A few frames miss every now and then but very happy with it's high accuracy.




Apr 21, 2024 at 04:56 PM
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Wow !!! Amazing set.

Birdie



Apr 21, 2024 at 06:50 PM
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What an incredible sequence!! Great positioning and well done capturing these amazing images.


Apr 22, 2024 at 09:38 AM







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