Kudu.. an extract from my book.

My book is complete and has been returned to me by my Editor, Anneli. Her work has turned my words into a beautiful flowing, readable book that I am so in love with. She blogs (CLICK HERE TO SEE HER ONE BLOG) and (CLICK HERE TO SEE HER OTHER BLOG) when you read her stories you can see why I was enamoured by her offer to edit the book for me.

Yes there is a charge, but she has taken my words and turned them into a book, I just love her to bits… here’s and extract, hopefully to tickle your fancy…

47. Other Antelopes

Kudu, nyala, and reed buck are common antelopes of the Kruger National Park. They’re sometimes difficult to see, not because their numbers are few, but because their camouflage is so magnificent.

A sighting of these gives a different feeling of excitement.

The kudu is well known for its ability to stand still and peer at you. These are majestic antelopes with a grey colouring slightly striped, that enables them to stand, almost invisible, amid the brush they feed on. Their large ears look almost too big for their bodies. They will look towards a noise and stand dead still except for the moving ears, panning to pick up any other approaching sounds. This is their giveaway which helps in finding them, unless you’re lucky to arrive upon one feeding in clear view next to the road.

The kudu is a much-hunted antelope outside of the park, sought for its meat and the male for his horns. A pair of long twisting horns has an attraction for some to display as trophies on their walls. For me they seem much nicer on the head of a living animal, walking free in the park, but to each his own. My photographs, however, are better than a trophy on the wall.

The nyala, mistaken by many tourists for a kudu, is a smaller, slightly darker antelope, and has a different horn with the distinct appearance of wearing a different colour sock to the rest of its body. The male of the species is, like the kudu, the good looker, endowed with beautiful features; the female a brownish colour almost seeming to be from a different species.

On one occasion when entering the passage leading to Lake Panic bird hide, I spotted a magnificent male foraging in the riverine forest located next to the entrance. As tall as I am, I still had to stand on the tips of my toes to photograph the antelope. The gate opened and four good-looking girls, a lot younger than me entered.

“What can you see?” asked one in very broken English, obviously of Nordic origin. I informed them of the shy nyala near the fence.

Peering through the reed construction they spotted the antelope and excitedly the one told the others.

“Ah, Kudu.”

Wanting to appear the helpful and being of Africa, I said, “No, Nyala.”

“No, Kudu,” came the immediate response.

“No, Nyala,” I returned, hoping to help educate a foreign visitor with a certain beauty.

The emphatic reply came back, “No Kudu!”

Oh, well. So much for helping foreign relations. If they wanted to believe a rare sighting of a nyala, that of a kudu, should I bother? No, our age difference was too great for any further wasted charm.

The reed buck, smaller than the kudu and nyala, yet bigger than the common duiker and steenbok, are not nearly as shy as the other two. Common in the campsites and at the disembarking points of the park, these are not easily confused with other antelopes. Quiet and almost tame they will stand grazing on the lawn grasses next to your accommodation, unperturbed by your goings or comings. I think they’re tame. They realise if they live near the areas of human activity, they’re fairly safe from predators.

They’re safer, true, yet not from the visitors that find them between their accommodation and the ablutions.

“Look, impala!” I’ve heard, duiker, steenbok, and even springbok, bandied about, but having learned my lesson, I allow the expertise of others to believe they’re right. I’m no White Hunter of Africa.

These lesser numbered antelopes, when found, make any trip to the park complete.

Kudu….

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Nyala…

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73 thoughts on “Kudu.. an extract from my book.

    • Thank you Brenda… can’t wait to get the last read through finished… got to take my time this read to try to stop slip ups getting through…

  1. It’s wonderful to read a bit from the book, Rob. This particular passage is very readable and combined with your exciting photos I think this is going to be such an enjoyable book! I am delighted for you that it is moving forward. Good editors are worth every penny! 🙂

    • That they are Debra, I’m actually quite frightened the nearer we come to printing the books as photo selection seems so difficult to decide which should be in the book… we have decided the eBook will not contain photos as most readers we tested showed the photos are worthless in this format… but thank you I am ecstatic with the outcome of the editing…

  2. Congratulation to the finishing of your book – wonderful news. How are you doing????? A while since I visit your world, but it hasn’t meant that I haven’t thought about you and your health problems.

  3. I love this cannot wait to get your book
    so interesting bulldog, the photos are going
    to match your words so perfect, I am exited.

    Doris

  4. You’re such a tease with this little tidbit Bulldog! I just love how you continually teach us new things but always with a shot of humour thrown in for good measure. I can’t wait to read the whole book :).

  5. Congratulations to both of you – a fine job, which was worth every minute of it in producing what is obviously going to be a book for owners to cherish. Oh, these stubbon self-styled ‘experts’!

  6. Reads great, it will be a fantastic read – the whole book. I always loved Wilbur Smith because he describes Africa so well in his novels. Will yours have also some of the amazing pictures from you in?

  7. Oh this is great stuff Bulldog, I’m so happy for you! This is a book I can’t wait to read…and I love the conversation in this little excerpt, your personality really comes across as it does on your blog. Wonderful 😀

  8. Reads well to me…I very much look forward to reading more – congratulations on getting it done.

    • Thanks Brian, it was a bit I’d shared on street articles and anyone that read it there would probably not recognise it having been so well edited…

  9. The book passage makes for very good reading, bulldog. I always think it’s better to keep my mouth shut at times. I would never presume to argue with an expert such as yourself, on such matters. 🙂 Great photos, which show a clear difference between the two.

    • Hey a buyer… thank you for the encouragement… still got to do final read and acknowledgements and the eBook will be ready… the physical book will need some more time for photos added and then we are on our way… but thank you I get much encouragement from comments like this…

  10. Sounds like a wonderful book, written in a style that is readable and totally charming. If it has even half the wit that your blog has, it will be a best seller.

    Anyone interested in nature and travel will be drawn to its pages.

  11. I absolutely cannot wait for the moment I hold your book in my hand for the first time. I cannot wait to show it to my kids–to sit down with them and turn each page knowing YOU wrote it. We are all very excited!!!

  12. Well, bravo to you, and brava to Anneli, for although you might both quibble over the extent of her role as editor, what she’s done is give you confidence in your wonderful book. It looks terrific, and what a good day for those proofs to arrive 🙂

  13. Awesome – both of you! Isn’t funny though how people believe what they want to believe and you must be wrong. I get the same here regarding Kiwis – saw a Kiwi today, mmmm no that would be a Weka – hope was a Kiwi mmmmm but Kiwi are nocturnal and it is the middle of the day…….. but still I’m wrong – must be! LOL Your book is going to be an awesome read Rob filled with magnificent photos to match. Thanks for sharing a little snippet and whetting our appetite…….

    • Thank you Jan.. I will be sharing more snippets as I go along… but I am so happy with the final edit that I must now read through for the last time… Anneli has done such a wonderful job I can’t believe what I’m reading is what I wrote…

  14. Thanks for the praise, Rob. I appreciate it, but most of all I want to say how much I enjoyed reading your book! I loved it! It didn’t seem like work at all going through and fixing a few things. Your readers will love the book too, I’m sure. They won’t want to miss it.

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