Impala portraits 3… rutting season…

There are three distinct social groups during the wet season: the female herds, the bachelor herds and the territorial males. The mating season is the three-week long period toward the end of the wet season in May. A single fawn is born after a gestational period of about six to seven months. The fawn remains with its mother for four to six months, after which it joins juvenile groups. These little ones start practicing for the main event from a young age….



While mothers look on, and fathers wonder “should we chase them now???”….




“Not sure this is a good time to get involved in the head butting…”


38 thoughts on “Impala portraits 3… rutting season…

  1. I saw you liked my post & thought ah bulldogs back. Came to visit & realise you’ve done many posts I’ve missed. How did I miss so many? Looked up at the follow & it turns out I’m no longer following!! 😦 What the…! Not intentional bulldog, I’ll amend that at once. I had thought you must be ill, I’m really pleased to know you’re ok, & sharing all your wonderful photos & adventures. These are stunning! 😀

    • Thanks Amanda, I have been off colour having had emergency operations and still suffering from collapsed lungs that they say will take a while to heal… you are not alone on the unfollowing etc… so many times I think I’ve not heard or seen anything from someone for a while, go and look and either the notification has been changed to none or WP has un-followed me… not to worry though we all get back together again at some stage…

      • Well I knew you had been having health problems before my mysterious unfollow. I’m sorry to hear you’re still in recovery, you really did go through the wars in the last year bulldog. Take care, I hope you feel better soon. 🙂

    • Thanks LuAnn… this is one of those antelope that is very common and most people pass it by as though it was a domesticated animal… I love to sit and watch them for just such facial expressions one misses when driving past…

    • The Juvenile herd is never far from the main herd of females, and it is there that they remain till the resident male chases them to the bachelor herd or the young females into his harem…

    • It is all about hierarchy, starting young they test each other out as well as practice for the main day… after all it is the ambition of every male to own a harem … (talking about impala here, one wife is enough for me)

  2. Should be so exciting to watch them dear Rob, you really did a wonderful set with them, like a documentary series. Do you know what brings my mind, there is Impala cars too 🙂 they have the name because of these lovely animals. Thank you dear, love, nia

  3. It’s fascinating watching and trying to capture animal traits and behaviors on camera – and these Impalas provide some great shots. They must have good hearing with such big ears.

    • The young ram are tolerated for just so long, then chased off to a bachelor herd that hangs around near the breeding herd, a continual pain in the side of the breeding Ram… but one thing we can’t capture on film is the barking of the rams… it almost sounds predator like…

  4. I am dreading the mating season of the koi fish in our pond. Right now they are a peaceful and respectable as could be. In about a week they will be crazy, wild headstrong barbarians swimming at top speeds. Now I ask you: if sex is supposed to be such fun, why are the females always running away?

    • These antelope are actually a treat to sit and watch… it is not easy capturing all the goings on as the herds are quite large and normally one is looking in the wrong direction at the time of something special…

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