A post specially for Mrs P.

I post this specially for Mrs P. who commented on my last post with “Some fabulous photos. I have never seen nor heard of an eland…cool horns! Congrats on the 600th!” Now with such a comment I must post something that is educational for her… If you don’t know Mrs P. go to her site (CLICK HERE)

Now specially for you Mrs P.

It was a dark and scary morning as the sun attempted to climb over the horizon and gave us a this photo….

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I was frighten it might not be a good day for photos but, luckily I was wrong and this small animal made an appearance specially for you…

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and it is known as Eland (Taurotragus Oryx),

This antelope An adult male is around 1.6 metres (5′) tall at the shoulder (females are 20 centimetres (8") shorter) and can weigh up to 942 kg (2077 lbs.) with an average of 500–600 kilograms (1,100–1,300 lb., 340–445 kilograms (750–980 lb.) for females). It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.

Its size can be seen in this photo when standing next to a zebra….. remembering the zebra is closer to the camera.

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Both sexes have horns with a steady spiral ridge. The horns of males are thicker and shorter than those of females (males’ horns are 43–66 centimetres (17–26 in) long and females’ are 51–69 centimetres (20–27 in) long), and have a tighter spiral. Males use their horns during rutting season to wrestle and butt heads with rivals, while females use their horns to protect their young from predators.

The different horns can be seen in this photo with the male in the front and the female in the background…..

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The common eland is the slowest antelope, with a peak speed of 40 kilometres (25 mi) per hour that tires them quickly. However, they can maintain a 22 kilometres (14 mi) per hour trot indefinitely. Elands are capable of jumping up to 2.5 metres (8 ft. 2 in) from a standing start when startled (up to 3 metres (9.8 ft.) for young elands). The common eland’s life expectancy is generally between 15 and 20 years; in captivity some live up to 25 years.

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Eland herds are accompanied by a loud clicking sound that has been subject to considerable speculation. It is believed that the weight of the animal causes the two halves of its hooves to splay apart, and the clicking is the result of the hoof snapping together when the animal raises its leg. The sound carries some distance from a herd, and may be a form of communication.

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Thank you Wikipedia for the words to aid my post…

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50 thoughts on “A post specially for Mrs P.

  1. That top photo is priceless … magical. Mrs P …. has good taste. Small animal .. it looks massive together with the zebras. Maybe zebras is small … Very broad shoulders – magnificent animal. Thanks for sharing.

    • It is a massive animal, the only antelope bigger than it is the Giant Eland which is the biggest antelope in the world, and it is only slightly bigger… thank you Viveka, I love that top photo…

  2. Educational for the rest of us too. 🙂 All the eland shots are fabulous, but I just love the first one for its amazing atmosphere 🙂

    • Thanks AD.. I was so pleased to get this photo, as you know the eland is a little shy but this photo at least gives some perspective to their size.. which is actually very deceiving…

  3. LOVED the opening picture!!!
    I saw eland on safari and really liked the horns which are quite different. I had no idea what they were either. We didn’t see them in comparison to something else so your picture with the zebra was really cool. What a great perspective! I didn’t realize there was such a big difference in size!

  4. They are enormous. II came across a few of them out for a morning run once (or shall I say they came across me). Really makes you feel quite small when they zip by you on all sides. I just kept very still, and hoped they could all see me as well as I saw them.

  5. Thanks for another enjoyable learning experience with great photos. It’s hard to believe an animal this size could jump over my head and I’m no midget. I also like your atmospheric sunrise shot – you must have been up early that day.

    • Up early everyday Brian a curse I’ve been dealt… I have actually seen an eland jump out of a vegetable land clear over an eighteen strand fence eight foot high.. two steps and it was over… seemed to crouch like a cat and over it went without touching a strand of wire.

  6. That “dark and scary morning” photo is just gorgeous, Rob! It is really beautiful. I was glad to see the Eland next to the zebras. It helped me realize its size–which is significant! That’s a powerful and beautiful animal. Mrs. P will love her post. 🙂

    • Thanks Debra, it’s difficult to imagine the size of an animal, or anything for that matter, in a 2D photo. That particular shot was lucky as they are not seen often next to different species.
      I forgets how privileged I am to see these antelope also that not everyone around the world knows them all, so this was a pleasure to share. Informing some else about something is rewarding… and Mrs P is delighted… which makes my day…

  7. Aw, Bulldog…you made my day!

    This is a beautiful post…from start to finish. These shots are awesome! I especially like the close shot on the second to last one and the comparative one with the zebras. Happy day…Happy day! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Mrs P. one tends to forget that not everyone knows of all the animals of Africa and this was a pleasure to inform you of one such animal that was unknown to you. I tend to forget how privileged I am to know and view such beauts of nature…

    • Thanks Dianne… a friends father, did experiments with a tame herd years ago, to see if they could be used as a source of meat from a domesticated herd… this experiment in Rhodesia allowed us to get up close to a usually skittish antelope… they are massive…

  8. Thanks for all that interesting information and in particular the photo showing it next to a zebra – I had no idea it was that big.

    The first early morning photo is lovely. It would make a great print to hang on the wall.

    In fact they’re all great shots – thanks for sharing.

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