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He said: ‘The cheetah in the image is called Imani who has three young adult cubs who had all tried their hand at hunting for a full day, but they failed.
‘I had waited for two or more hours in anticipation for Imani to emerge from the bush where she had gone into hiding.
‘The whole sequence happened so fast, the cheetah was right behind the impala and they came charging straight at us.
‘It was nerve cracking as I positioned and started to take the pictures.
‘The action was over in a flat ten seconds and my hands shook as I tried to check if I had got the sequence right. Imani had made the kill right next to my jeep.’
The unlucky impala was chased by the cheetah for around 10 seconds during the high-speed pursuit before he was caught
The photographer said the whole sequence happened fast and the cheetah was right behind the impala as they came charging straight at him
The cheetah, named Imani, has three cubs that also tried out their hunting for the day but failed to catch anything
The photos were taken in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border
Deepak Shankar, 35, said he waited for two or more hours in anticipation for Imani to emerge from the bush where she had gone into hiding. Pictured: Imani eating the impala
Imani (pictured) made the kill right next to the photographer’s Jeep. He said that his hands were shaking as he checked the camera to see if he had captured the sequence