Kudu Cows Drinking…

These cows were drinking at a dam… I was on foot and was actually surprised to see them… the one heard me.. I stood dead still and quietly took the photos…

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She has heard me or heard something, but cannot see me… the other two have no idea and unless the one gives a warning they will carry on regardless..

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She has not seen me and has decided there is no imminent danger so she continues to drink and I continue to take photos…

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And for you that don’t know what their bull looks like here’s a taste of things to come…

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48 thoughts on “Kudu Cows Drinking…

    • To have walked into an unexpected sighting with very little around to hide behind it was a case of standing still and moving the camera to my eye as slowly as possible… when she started to drink again I knew, if she had seen me, she had not seen me move or heard me, and I always take my photos with the camera on silent mode… cause she would have heard the first snap shot and been gone…

  1. Absolutely stunning photo’s Bulldog. I would just sit there all day long and fill up my camera’s memory card. LOL! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. What gorgeous beasts. I have noticed that antelope here are naturally curious – they don’t feel threatened unless you are really close. They look you over and then go back about their business.

    • Our game is normally a bit skittish specially when drinking… I suppose it’s because they are probably at their most vulnerable to predators… they shoot up so quick when they hear something or see the slightest movement… so with this one to go back drinking she either heard me or saw a movement and then without determining any danger went back to drinking… I must have stood dead still as there was nothing to hide me….

  3. I’m surprise they don’t ‘smell’ you Bulldog (please don’t take that personally!) 😉 I’ve heard that with our soaps and washing powder etc animals can smell us miles away. Do you stand down wind or use something that causes a ‘natural’ scent when you go out to take pics? Just curious 😀

    • HAhahaha… yes I often wonder why they don’t smell me… one when I’m going for a walk I only use unscented soap (a lesson I learnt from an old African hunter who explained to me how a black African man can smell a white man from a long way off, because of the soaps, toothpastes and deodorants that we use, and he did teach me so much in my younger years. He’s dead today and I do miss his outstanding wisdom of the bush..) so two, I brush the teeth very early and disguise it by smoking… and thirdly, I don’t use a deodorant when going on a walk… my cloths are normally of a Khaki colour (not freshly washed) which is probably the best for blending in with any surrounds… but I do not worry too much about wind as I always try to walk into it, but apart from that, the natural smells of the bush tend to cover the odd odours of our bodies…. but it is probably better to smell slightly off when going for a walk, not that Linda would allow me to do that.. she says the hyena might eat me thinking I’m dead…LOL…

  4. Beautiful animals … so gracious.Brilliant job again … somebody has said that we don’t take photos of the nature … we borrow. Maybe I told you that before, can remember. You have borrowed beauty here.

    • Thank you Viveka… now that is such wisdom.. borrowing from nature could not be a better way of explaining these type photos… Linda often asks why I take so many of one subject.. the answers is .. one will never see the same picture again .. nature will never have the exact same photo set up ever again.. Thank you for your wisdom and sharing it…

      • I can’t remember what photographer that said those words, but they always come to me when I see great photos. That it’s borrowed … and well kept.

    • Thank you.. some of us are blessed with the chances that others don’t and I do enjoy it when others are happy with what I share… thank you for such meaningful words… I do appreciate…

    • Thank you… back in the driving seat after being photoed from all sorts of angles.. no major problems that can’t be sorted with medicines.. but thanks for thinking and holding thumbs etc.. it worked…

    • Thanks Ingrid… I was lucky .. she watched me for quite a while before she went back to drinking… took so long I felt like taking out a cigarette and lighting up… but then she would have been gone…

  5. Good photographs. Is there the danger a photographer could be attacked by the bull if he feels the cows are threatened?

  6. So beautiful, peaceful, and yet her watchfulness reminds me how precarious and volatile life can be (especially for a kudu who gets the scent of the bulldog!). Were you far away, bulldog, or are they better at hearing and smelling than seeing?

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