Photo of the Day – Cheetah and the Baboon Troops

One of the great things about this web site and the internet in general is the chance to meet other great wildlife and photography experts around the world.  Out interest in safari photography led us to Marius Coetzee many months ago and we continue to enjoy following his travels and photography.  Marius Coetzee is a professional safari guide currently based in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa. He is an award winning wildlife photographer and his images have been published worldwide in various publication including high profile magazines like the BBC Wildlife Magazine and Africa Geographic. Marius photographs everything Africa and his image library contains thousands of images.   Recently we ran across this really nice capture by Marius.  Enjoy the photo and read onward to hear Mr. Coetzee’s own words on how this image came to be.

Cheetah vs. Baboon - © Marius Coetzee

While leading a photographic safari in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve I got a call over the radio that a male cheetah was spotted close by. I approached the sighting and saw the feline lying nonchalantly under a small tree getting some much needed shade from the warm morning sun.

Suddenly a troop of Chacma Baboon approached the cheetah and a couple of males started to mob him. In minutes the whole troop approached and chased the cheetah until they were satisfied that he was no threat to any of the primates.

I am a firm believer that knowing animal behaviour and having an idea of what might happen next improves your chances of getting the perfect image. As soon as I noticed the primates I positioned the vehicle about 30 meters away from the cheetah and to my advantage the troop chased it straight past us.

Camera Equipment and Settings:

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM

ISO: 400

Aperture: f/7.1

Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Dive Mode: High Speed Continuous Shooting

AF Mode: AL Servo AF

Further information on Marius Coetzee:

Mr. Coetzee discusses his safari activity and also posts gorgeous photos at his web site: Marius Coetzee Photography (http://www.mariuscoetzeeafricanphotography.blogspot.com/).  Marius also has a Facebook Fan Page which can be found within Facebook by searching Marius Coetzee Photography.

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