Sable antelope on Akabeko Golf Course.

If there is something that gives me so much joy, it’s to have wild antelope walking around on the Golf Course.

One of my favourite would have to be the Sable…

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The head-and-body length is typically between 190 and 255 cm (75 and 100 in). Males reach about 117–140 cm (46–55 in) at the shoulder, while females are slightly shorter. Males typically weigh 235 kg (518 lb) and females 220 kg (490 lb).

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The sable antelope has a compact and robust build, characterized by a thick neck and tough skin. It has a well-developed and often upright mane on its neck, as well as a short mane on the throat. Its general colouration is rich chestnut to black. Females and juveniles are chestnut to dark brown, while males begin darkening and turn black after three years.

As it can be seen these are all not quite 3 years old yet.

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Both sexes have ringed horns which arch backward. In females, these can reach 61–102 cm (24–40 in), while in males they are 81–165 cm (32–65 in) long.

these are still growing…

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Yet they remain so regal and tough looking even at this age…

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They do make a few impressions on the greens, but I can live with that…

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This one seems to be checking the view from the tee box…

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I do hope they live long and happily on the course..

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Akabeko Golf Course

It’s been a long time coming.

A return in part to blogging. Why? Well we have reached that stage where not much more can be done before the rain falls.

When will it rain? Wish I knew…

The greens are so close to completion, just here and there that we need the grass to reach total coverage. Fairways have been top soiled and the grass in part is pushing through without water, strange but true…

It has been a dream designing and converting this….

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To this

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And this …

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Into this….

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and the real joy is having the wild life now on the course… doing their inspection…

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I’m hoping to get back into blogging on a more regular basis, so look for my likes and comments on your blogs…

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….

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

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

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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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Impala portraits… rutting season…

The annual three-week long breeding season of the impala, also called the rut, begins toward the end of the wet season in May. The males begin preparations for mating in March, (good to get in a head start, think of the anticipation) including gonadal growth and hormone production, resulting in greater aggressiveness and territoriality. (Typical male high on testosterone.) Males undergo several physical changes as well, such as darkening of the coat due to greasy secretions from the sebaceous glands, (a little bit of hair gel) thickening of the neck and acquiring a musky odour, (deodorant, maybe not too appealing to us). The rut is also influenced by the lunar cycle, with most mating taking place between full moons. (Now that’s what you call the bewitching hour.) Here are a few portraits I took…

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Remember the Moffatts Lyrics or Manfred Mann???

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street
singin’ do what daddy did to mommy to get me (do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do)

snappin’ her fingers and shufflin’ her feet
singin’ do what daddy did to mommy to get me (do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do)

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She looked good, LOOKED GOOD
she looked fine, LOOKED FINE
she looked good, she looked fine
and I nearly lost my mind
Before I knew it she was walkin’ next to me

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And last years ram still growing his horns…

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Black Wildebeest.. a Proud Dancer.

Black wildebeest or white-tailed gnu (Connochaetes gnou)

A year ago, last Thursday I was strolling in the zoo
when I met a man who though he knew the lot.
He was laying down the law about the habits of Baboons
And how many quills a porcupine has got.
So I asked him: ‘What’s that creature there?’
He answered: ‘Oh, H’it’s a H’elk’
I might of gone on thinking that was true,
If the animal in question hadn’t put that chap to shame
And remarked: ‘I h’aint a H’elk. I’m a Gnu!’

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‘I’m a Gnu, I’m a Gnu
The g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo
I’m a Gnu, How do you do
You really ought to k-now w-ho’s w-ho’s

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I’m a Gnu, Spelt G-N-U
I’m g-not a Camel or a Kangaroo
So let me introduce,
I’m g-neither man nor moose
Oh g-no g-no g-no I’m a Gnu’

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THE GNU SONG (Michael Flanders / Donald Swann) Flanders & Swann – 1960