Impala portraits 2… Grandsons photos…

Impala are important prey animals for several apex carnivores, including lions, leopards, Cape hunting dogs, spotted hyenas,crocodiles and pythons. An alert and wary animal, the impala turns motionless on sensing danger. It will scan the vicinity with its eyes to spot the predator, and rotate its ears to catch any tell-tale sounds. It stares at and moves its head to get a better view of any object it can not identify.

Or it stands around without what appears a care in the world, as depicted in my Grandson’s photos… it might even be his wife’s photos… who cares I stole them….

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“Hello… anyone home!!!!”

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65 thoughts on “Impala portraits 2… Grandsons photos…

  1. Now, I cannot decide which photos I like better – yours or your grandsons. 😉 I am being silly, of course. Both of you are obviously very talented. And both your captures are fantastic but I give prop for the bird socializing with the impala in these photos. 🙂

    • He and his wife are both very good photographers… and unlike me prepared to experiment with camera settings… some work and others don’t… but they are both very very good…

  2. I see that amazing photography runs in the family Bulldog! Love the bird too, wow, what incredible wildlife you have, just love it 🙂

  3. Such a gorgeous animal, such a precious face. I love how the birds hitch a ride on many animals, getting a treat in the process. Father, son, grandson, all photographers. I wonder who was the teacher? 😉

    • God does his best to instruct us… but he gave us my father (bless his soul;) who taught me all I know about the bush and animals, which I have passed on down the line… I think Dad still watches over us all from above to make sure we don’t make mistakes…

  4. Your grandson or his wife has done a great job Rob. I like the second photo in particular.

  5. I remember one ranger on a game drive saying he wouldn’t stop for Impala fotos, you have proven how wrong he is. We are going back to Kruger in 15!! Woo Hoo!

    • Oh dear another stupid ranger, one can learn so much from this animal… the ewe is one animal that can defer her giving birth till it rains and the grass grows, There is so much to this antelope that one can share I can’t believe rangers drive past them… just sitting and watching a herd with the ram trying to keep a harem together whilst chasing off suitors and getting rid of the young ram… the herds of “bachelor” rams, the young and their antics…. in 15 you tell your guide you want to take photos and he must tell you a bit about them, and if he can’t get his name I’ll talk to him…

    • I thought that was good as well.. I have a similar photo with a zebra, but I didn’t think the impala would put up with a bird in the ear… but then some people are lucky to capture such photos and others are lucky to be in a position to steal the photos… lol

  6. Beautiful animal (and who cares whose photos they are – I never get to see animals like this in the wild, so really enjoy seeing these).

    • The birds are known as tick birds and yes the eat all the parasites off the antelope… better known as the red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) also known to open new wounds and enhance existing ones in order to drink the blood of their hosts. Such is life…

    • Thanks Jan… these are actually very good captures as this bird is not often seen on the impala as it is the smallest antelope on which it perches…

    • Could also be that word “ow” these birds are also known to open new wounds and enhance existing ones in order to drink the blood of their hosts. My grandson thanks you for the complement… I’m getting quite jealous of all the nice comments…

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