Lost in the territory of the male tiger that ruled and today is also the last place for the stag to see the sky before being killed by the tigress

The dramatic moment a tiger kills a deer was captured by a photographer who waited 660 hours during 220 safaris in India to get the perfect shot.

Stunning photos show the big cat sprinting after its prey before jumping on its back and dragging it away in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

Attack: The tiger stalked its prey before sprinting after it and leaping on to its back in a dramatic ten minutes on the safari 

The sequence of images was taken by British photographer Andy Rouse, who spent years waiting to witness a tiger hunt unfold in front of him. Up until this point, the photographer has not been able to capture what he calls the ‘holy grail’ of tiger photography.

He said: ‘I’ve tried many times to catch a killer tiger outdoors, it’s the holy grail of tiger shots because it’s so rare.

The photographer and his six-man team came close to observing a kill on several occasions but luck was never on their side

‘It was definitely one of the highlights of my year watching a wild tiger kill a wild tiger and really wanted to photograph it!’

After making his first three-month trip to capture his first book of majestic creatures, the tiger enthusiast has returned to Ranthambore on multiple trips to spot tigers.

Flying for two weeks, the hunt lasts every three hours and is completed in the early morning and evening to avoid daytime temperatures that can reach more than 100 degrees Celsius.

After playing with her prey for a few minutes, Noor dragged it to a cave, out of the scorching 45 celsius heat in Rajasthan, India

The photographer and his team of six had repeatedly observed a murder but luck was never on their side.

He said: ‘You just have to get close to the corner at the exact moment the tiger is waiting to be killed. A lot of things have to come together for it to work perfectly. ‘

‘I have repeatedly observed a tiger in what I call the perfect killer situation and then for whatever reason they don’t. We all sat there waiting, thinking “why don’t you do that?” And then when they do, the chances of seeing a prolonged kill are very low. ‘

From static to full-speed in a moment, the tigress quickly overtook the deer, before using her strength and size to take down her prey

On the day he was killed, Mr. Rouse was following the tigress Noor T39 (all tigers in the reserve are numbered), along a rocky valley when it suddenly stopped and sat down, placing two feet below.

He said: ‘I knew from working with cats that this was a sign she was ready to run.’

‘She was looking at us intently and just as I turned to see what she was looking at, I heard a few stones fall and saw a Sambar deer poking out from the bushes. ”

On the day of the kill, Mr Rouse was following a female tiger, along a stone valley when she suddenly stopped and sat down, putting her legs underneath her

From stillness to full speed momentarily, the tigress quickly overtook the deer, before using her strength and size to annihilate her prey.

Surrounded by rocks and on an uneven, rocky riverbed, Sambar Deer stands no chance against the strength and speed of the tigress.

‘The tiger was bouncing from rock to rock and just grabbed the deer and pulled it down. From start to finish, it was over 10 minutes. ‘

Surrounded by boulders and on an uneven, rocky riverbed, the Sambar Deer stood no chance against the power and speed of the tigress

An experienced wildlife photographer, Mr. Rouse has witnessed many hunts in the past, but the brutality of the tiger killing amazes him.

‘I’ve seen a lot of murders but when you see a tiger killing it’s amazing power and the tiger is focused on you. My adrenaline is pumping. Nothing prepared me for the brutal barbarism of tiger fees. She is a bold and confident hunter. ‘