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By ColleenA
Built for speed.....The cheetah can run faster than any other land creature.

0 - 100kmph (62mph) in 3 seconds. You do not want to be the food target in its sights.In this instance she was stalking a herd of female impala.
They can run at 112-120kmph (70-75mph) in short bursts.
They are also one of the few felids with semi retractable claws offering extra grip in its high speed pursuits.

I would like to thank Herman for his UA awarded to me for yesterdays buffalo. I am so chuffed. Also to everyone of you for your continued support of my wildlife images....thank you

Have a great day....tomorrow is FridayGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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S_Psharma 4 1 India
5 Sep 2013 5:59AM
Again a stunning wild life image beautifully captured.

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5 Sep 2013 6:07AM
this is a real stunner Colleen
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
5 Sep 2013 6:13AM
So lean, Colleen, another fine capture. Carol
By the build of this very fine creature I would certainly say it could getup and go. Lovely capture. Well done Colleen.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 6:21AM
A beautiful portrait.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
5 Sep 2013 6:23AM
She is beautiful Colleen !! A superb capture of this lean mean hunting machine Smile
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
5 Sep 2013 6:31AM
Fabulous. I love Cheetahs, they are so sleek and you have captured the sleekness here.

5 Sep 2013 6:49AM
I love cheetah, my favourite African animal. Wonderful shot Colleen.

5 Sep 2013 6:59AM
Yes, I have a soft spot for cheetahs.
They can be quite affectionate in a way which is different from a domestic cat.
I knew one once. The relationship didn't blossom because she was quite possessive.

Greatly admire this shot, Colleen.
Shows exactly that pre-chase bunching of muscle.

Not sure about the mph figures quoted but you will know best.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:01AM
Perfectly beautiful Colleen, as you know one of my favourite animals
and you have captured so well
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:09AM
You can see the power on his body there Colleen.
Don't fancy the impala's chances really!

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
5 Sep 2013 7:11AM
Suggest you google Cheetah and speeds they run for clarification.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
5 Sep 2013 7:15AM
This is another Brilliant and Beautiful image Colleen that I really like.I really like the colour of this one.
I am off to school now ,have a great daySmileSmileSmile
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:19AM
Brilliant capture and those markings are beautiful.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:19AM
A super image Colleen, one of my favorite big cats, well capturedSmile

Excellent Colleen, love the pose,
5 Sep 2013 7:35AM
A picture perfect pose.
5 Sep 2013 8:24AM
A beautiful beast
5 Sep 2013 8:28AM
Love to see the Bolt and Cheetah in a head to head 100m brainer really......GrinGrinGrinGrin
5 Sep 2013 8:30AM
you are featured e2 piccy at the moment.
moiral 6 12 Scotland
5 Sep 2013 8:34AM
A stunning animal and beautifully captured.
Hmmph Barbara has just told you about e2 pic, I wanted to WinkTongueGrin. MOira
5 Sep 2013 8:41AM
A beautiful animal and a fantastic image Smile
A fantastic capture!!!!!!!!! Great photo!
5 Sep 2013 9:00AM
This is stunning, Colleen.

5 Sep 2013 9:05AM
A gorgeous animal and so beautifully photographed Colleen.

Jenny Smile
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
5 Sep 2013 10:06AM
Excellent Image Colleen and so well presented , as usual!! The letter box format is perfect for this image!!
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:10AM
It is really lovely to see these wildlife images from their natural habitat -
the cheetah blends in with the surroundings so beautifully.
More interesting facts.
Tish1 Plus
3 16 2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:17AM
0 - 100kmph (62mph) in 3 seconds........ I wish my car could do that, mind you, I'd probably end up with Whiplash. She looks as though she should be on the hunt for her next meal. A very good image.

5 Sep 2013 10:28AM
a very sleek sprinting machine indeed well captured excellent Colleen

AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
5 Sep 2013 10:50AM
Great shot Colleen, such a superb animal. Ann.
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
5 Sep 2013 11:27AM

Quote:A very sleek sprinting machine indeed well captured excellent Colleen


Bit like masel lol......................fantastic image Colleen Smile

Another beauty sleek and graceful to look at, cheetahs.

Super image GrinGrin

Lynette Grin
5 Sep 2013 12:43PM
I love cheetahs, and this is a great shot of a beautiful cat - can't go wrong there!
Quoise Plus
3 746 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 1:29PM
Wonderful capture
5 Sep 2013 2:05PM
Hi Colleen. A stunning image of this beautiful cheetah GrinGrin

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
5 Sep 2013 2:29PM
Yes Colleen,the cheetah is the Usain Bolt of the cat world !!
A fine shot.
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 4:07PM
Excellent image,

Ali SmileSmile
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 5:23PM
A splendid shot
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 6:03PM
Fabulous shot, lovely pussSmile
myrab 10 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 6:16PM
Another stunning shot Colleen.

4 3 7 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 6:28PM
Great detail in this perfect Cheetah shot. A good sense of his environment tooWinkGrin
1881 4 India
5 Sep 2013 6:40PM
good shot

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
5 Sep 2013 7:46PM
Wonderful light and clarity, Colleen, the stalking pose looks excellent.

Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:49PM
Really superb image.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 7:52PM
Simply perfect Colleen, love it.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
5 Sep 2013 9:24PM
Franko59 5 3 2 England
5 Sep 2013 9:36PM
It must be nice to see them in the wild at this distance, great image!!,,, regards Ian
Fantastic shot Colleen. Cathy
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 11:32PM
Just beautiful.Smile

Potra 3 Venezuela
6 Sep 2013 2:29AM
Spectacular shot Colleen!
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
6 Sep 2013 3:50PM
Wish I could run that fast, especially when the bus I'm about to miss is just coming! Wink A real cracking capture here Colleen Smile
Trev Smile
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 9:29PM
He really is ready to go super image.Smile
Regards John.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Sep 2013 10:19PM
A magnificent shot of this speed merchant Colleen, this is definitely one of your very best
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
27 Sep 2013 3:28PM
Top shot in all respects, detail and location beautiful,

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