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Peeping Piggy

Peeping Piggy
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-24 18:58
Viewed: 3986
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cheetahs and Warthog / A true nature scene

Today's image is a bit of a break from the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park I am currently sharing.

One of the reasons I was looking so much forward to our holiday to the Kruger in October 2009 was the prospect of seeing a cheetah which was one of a few animals on my wish list to capture. Unfortunately they avoided us the whole 3 weeks we were travelling through the entire Kruger. I was really disappointed, as the previous times we actually saw them in abundance, but at the time I did not as yet discover the pleasure of having photography as a hobby.

After our holiday Loot visited the nearby iMfolozi game reserve a few times, and the 1st time I was comfortable enough after my foot operation to accompany him, we were very fortunate to find these 3 cheetahs. We found the mom with her 2 cubs lying under a tree in the shade as it was quite a hot and humid day.

Now looking at this specific scenery a persons imagination can easily run away in a few directions to what has actually happened after I have taken this image, and before you read further make up your own conclusion and see if you where right or not.

We sat watching these cheetahs for quite some time. They where really lazy and the photographic opportunities where little because one can only capture cheetahs lying and especially in the shade a few times and that’s it. Then suddenly they heard a noise in the opposite direction and the 3 of them got up, which allowed us to take a few shots in the sitting position. The mom then got up, walked a few meters and once again we were lucky to get a few shots of her in that pose. Boy, now I was really enjoying myself, but then the laziness took over once more and they went to lie down again.

Once again we sat watching hoping something exiting would happen, and that was when suddenly four warthogs appeared and came grazing along until they were nearly right next to the cheetahs. Ah, we thought now we are going to have fun, because this is an excellent opportunity for these cheetahs to catch something to eat as they where right there only a few meters away from them. Both Loot and I where ready and geared up for all these action shots we already saw taking place in our mind's eye.

The cheetahs where either to lazy and hot to care or they were already stuffed from a catch prior to our arrival, because I am sure they did not even blink an eyelid when these warthogs passed right in front of them. Suddenly one of the youngsters jumped up and chased off the one warthog for a short distance and turned back to lie down with the rest of its family. That was when this warthog returned and stood behind the cheetahs, watching them, and then I snapped the moment. Personally I think it is a beautiful and very natural scene.

I am sure the warthog came back to see where is the little "kitty" that tried to frighten it, and I am sure the cub looking back at the warthog must have thought "here is that pig again". Looking at that scene was very enjoying and we had a great laugh at this young cub trying to show off. I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hi Anna
That Wort Hog is one brave soul coming so close to the Cheetah family. It must have been very entertaining to watch....as long as no one got hurt. An excellent portrait for sure.
TFS Janice

Hola Anna

Gracias por tu comentario

Bonita imagen y bien tomada. Quien vigila a quien, los guepardos o el jabali..

Fantastica, gracias por compartir.

Un saludo Antonio

Hi Anna, Very beautiful dynamic view from wildlife.
The composition and POV are great.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-03-24 23:06]

Hi Anna!

You have captured a superb wildlife scenery, dear Anna. Your picture really tells a story and together with your so well elaborated notes it becomes a movie as soon as I close my eyes. This means that you have created a post that awakens interest and creates excitement... and that's probably the best compliment possible. It's amazing to see these totally different species together... as if it would be the paradise on earth!

Kind regards


Hello Anna
Wonderful nature scene.
The Cheetah family and the visitor!
Wonderful shot my friend.
Details are amazing.
This I call a real shot!

Superbe scène que tu as prise là. On aimerait connaître la suite de l'histoire... Merci. Rudy

Hi Anna

I have wanted to see Cheetah in the wild since I saw a profile of this magnificient cat in National Geographic magazine 40 years ago. In October I will be there for a month, so hopefully my dream will be fullfilled, can't wait.
A fine shot showing the amusing interaction between the hogs and the cats, how unusual, just goes to show they're not hungry all the time. Great family pics, TFS.


Ciao Anna, fantastic nature scene well reprised, wonderful natural ambientation, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-25 5:53]

Hello Anna,
Like you write it, it is a very natural and beautiful scene you caught here. Very lucky to have all these animals on one picture. And it looks quite like in paradise where all kind of cretaures just live next to the others. Not so easy to make a good picture half in shade and half in the sun.
Great posting indeed!
thanks and kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-25 9:57]

Hello Anna,
Wonderful meeting in this photo. This is a photo in perfect timing. Very beautiful natural colours, in this light not so easy. Excellent sharpness and details in Warthog and Cheetahs. Great composition.

Hello Anne,

This is a very beautiful photo with the cheetahs family and the facocer behind, splendid scenario. The colors and details are also extremely good done.
thanks for sharing such a beauty, a small part of Africa

Have a nice day,

Hello Anna,
Great capture. It is a lovely composition with the Cheetah family resting and the Warthog watching them.
Wonderful clours and exceptional details with good contrast.

Hello Anna
superb image and beautiful story, i like the face to face between the young cheetah and the warthog, one in the shade and the other in the sun
wonderful colors and details of this very great scene
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-03-25 16:53]

Hi Anna,

At least the Warhog caught the attention of one of the trio. The Cheetahs are just marvelous. You were so lucky to find three together. I love the one in the center who seems more interested in the camera than in the intruder. The look on his face is priceless. Beautiful colors, details, setting and superb models.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-25 18:33]

Hello Anna,
The Cheetah is truely an awesome looking animal with their gorgeous spotted coats and black tear drops runnung down their face. It must have been exciting to have a whole family right in front of you for such a long period of time.
The warthog was definitely a bonus in this stunning shot, although it seems like the cub was the only one interested in his presence. You achieved excellent DOF as both the Cheetahs and the warthog are in sharp focus. Super job!!!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-25 23:34]

Hi Anna

This is a shot everyone longs for! I think I have mentioned before - it took me 8 trips to Africa to see a cheetah - I saw leopard everytime however!

Great composition and detail.

Hope you are feeling better.

Best wishes


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-26 0:31]

Hello Anna,
Fanatic capture with excellent POV, details and lovely light and colours. A beautiful composition indeed.Thanks for the share,
Best regards Siggi

Hi Anna,

This is a wonderful photo! Nice moment. I have felt a sense of humor after seeing this photo then started to smile after reading your note. :-)



Hi there Anna,
What a stunning capture!! You and Loot must've been so excited.
It reminds me of what we learn in the word of God about the animals living together peacefully. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-27 3:58]

Hi Anna,
wow...this is so social. wanting to join a differwent club.
Well seen in good sharpness and clarity.
The cheetahs are really pretty and their colur contrast is so immaculate. You have shown it very very well.
Beautiful composition and you have waited patiently for this stunning result.


Hello Anna.
An magnificent picture of these cheetahs contemplating the hunting!
The composition and perspective are excellent.
Certainly must have been a wonderful experience!
Thanks for sharing this preciousness.
José Roberto

Hello Anna,
A great photo of this unusual scenery but shame the Cheetahs were not hungry!
Very good exposure of both the shade and open ground
Kind regards

Hello Anna,
a splendid natural scene, excellent exposure with very good colour tones, a very pleasant composition with marvellous natural postures of the animals
Best regards

Hi Anna,

you showed us anthor good picture from wildlife and I am very jalous.
Such views on mammals there can I only dream from.
good pov and composition and this Warthog is not impressed it seems.
Good shoot with fine natural colours.


Hola Anna,

Very great shot. Superb timing.
Delicate and quiet attention to the structure of the cheetah family of hard-looking wild boar Africa take place in the same frame an image created is very interesting. The richness of African wildlife describes a very good frame. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hola Anna, debe de ser una experiencia extraordinaria visitar ese parque, hasta tú te maravillas siendo del propio País...
Como siempre te digo, es agradable el poder ver a través de tu objetivo esos grandes mamíferos que aquí solo podemos ver en documentales televisivos en su ambiente natural.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Anna,

Wonderful wild life capture of these beauties with their visitors with great POV and composition. TFS.
I was in trip and have returned yet home. Sorry for late commenting this! Take care!


Namaskar Anna Eksteen,
An Excellent Picture. Great POV.
Nilotpal Patra.

hello Anna

beautiful scenery of cohabitation in the nature
shot « sur le vif » as we say in French, fine frontal POV,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity
at the background, TFS


Salut Anna
Très très belle photo, ces 3 leopards semble être très bien nourri et content de profiter du soleil il y en a 1 qui ne semble pas apprécier la présence de ce phacochère.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

What a neat photo! If I was that warthog I would be miles away! You managed to get good detail of the cheetahs lying in the shade while the warthog is also perfectly exposed.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-04-01 23:20]

Hi Anna.
Fantastic three-dimensional image of lovely for my scene. I love these animals since my childhood (by books of Joy Adamson). DOF, details, colours are the best as well as all other features of a top quality work. My congratulation and best wishes.

Hello Anna
Une scène très particulière, étrange et stupéfiante...
Bravo et merci pour toutes ces photos de nature réelle

Hi Anna,
Thanx for the critique,and it was quite a holiday experience with a differance.Spent most of the time out in the rural areas with no knowledge of the english language.All went well except on the return we all picked up one of the asian flues, still trying to beat it.
Most amazing pic of these three cheetah and a piggy[ of all] looking on just so casually. They must have some full tummies as none seem at all interested except the one giving a casual glance while still lying down.Great exposure and DOF.Well done and regards to yourself and Loot.

From your photo I can "FEEL" the heat of the sun.
Perhaps because of the intense heat (your image shows that quite clearly)the Cheetah family is not in the mood to make the kill. May be these are pups.[cubs]
No matter what the reason the Wort Hog has "guts".
Loved your story.
Friendly greeings to you both from Bernardete & this your servant.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-26 18:26]

Hello Anna,
A very interesting composition here Anna with the dinner watching the diners. Well exposed for the bright and shade in one image. Great work here , thank you.

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