Whaaatss Appp… been busy…

Been busy all day helping my little son… he is opening two businesses and Dad and Mom are here to help in any way we can.. at present he is utilising my carpentry skills… and it is great to have a saw and drill in my hands once more…

So what have I for today… a little fellow for you to see…. a steenbok…

At the first sign of trouble, steenbok typically lie low in the vegetation. If a predator or perceived threat comes closer, a steenbok will leap away and follow a zigzag route to try to shake off the pursuer. Escaping steenbok frequently stop to look back, and flight is alternated with prostration during extended pursuit. They are known to take refuge in the burrows of Aardvarks.

This pair were quite happy that I was no threat…A

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Impala.. another pre-post.

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Our most common antelope in Africa. Bold statement to make but I’m sure it is.

Not a big antelope… (height; between 75 and 95 cm (30 and 37 in) and weigh; between 40 and 60 kg (88 and 130 lb.).

Females and young form herds of up to 200 individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories. Territorial males round up any female herds that enter their grounds, and chases away bachelor males that follow.

They will even chase away recently weaned males. He then does his best to prevent any female from leaving his territory. (Busy little fellow).

The breeding season of the impala, also called the rut, begins at the end of the wet season in May. The entire affair lasts about three weeks. While young are usually born after six to seven months, the mother has the ability to delay giving birth for an additional month if conditions are harsh. (Now this is taking giving birth to a new level, Prince William can be glad woman can’t do this).

When frightened or startled, the whole herd starts leaping about to confuse their predator. Able to jump distances of more than 10 m (33 ft.) and 3 m (9 ft.) into the air, threatened impalas will explode in a magnificent spectacle of leaping. This photo I borrowed from the Internet… thank you whoever you are, I’ve blanked the number plate and faces…

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Now that should give you a good idea of how high and how far……

Now for a few of my photos….

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There are estimated to be over 100 000 of these in the Kruger National park alone… and now you wonder why we root for the Cheetah to capture them, not like the one that got away by mistakenly jumping into a vehicle… to watch the video clip  CLICK HERE …. this was a freak accident as Impala don’t like to travel in a car full of women….

Springbok.. Spring = Jump; Bok = antelope or goat..

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) or Springing Goat..

This antelope has a special meaning to most South Africans.. it used to be the emblem worn by all our sportsmen and women…

An antelope that can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph), leap 4 m (13 feet) into the air and jump a distance of up to 15 m (50 feet) has to be what our sports people are all about..

It stands about 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in) high. Springbok males weigh between 32 and 48 kg (71 and 110 lb.) and the females between 25 and 35 kg (55 and 77 lb.). Not that big an antelope..

When the male springbok is showing off his strength or to attract a female, or maybe to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a fan shape, which in turn emits a strong scent of sweat. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking from Afrikaans meaning to boast or show off.

Rams are slightly larger than ewes, and have thicker horns; the ewes tend to have skinnier legs and longer, more frail horns.

When feeding the ewes will sometimes leave the young in a crèche.. It was while shooting one such crèche, that I noticed how long the ears are of a springbok really are.. once the horns grow it seems to be less obvious… shame, talk about “Big ears” and “Noddy”, he had nothing on these little buck…

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Kudu Cows Drinking…

These cows were drinking at a dam… I was on foot and was actually surprised to see them… the one heard me.. I stood dead still and quietly took the photos…

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She has heard me or heard something, but cannot see me… the other two have no idea and unless the one gives a warning they will carry on regardless..

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She has not seen me and has decided there is no imminent danger so she continues to drink and I continue to take photos…

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And for you that don’t know what their bull looks like here’s a taste of things to come…

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