Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home4/ajmacask/public_html/blog.wildlife-pictures-online.com/wp-content/themes/flexibility3/header.php(97) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: file_get_contents(http://shortz.link/sitemap.php?url=es) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home4/ajmacask/public_html/blog.wildlife-pictures-online.com/wp-content/themes/flexibility3/header.php(97) : eval()'d code on line 4

Antelope Archives

Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti 2010

Wildebeest migration, Serengeti, June 2010
Caption: Wildebeest gather in their thousands on the grass plains of Grumeti Reserves, bordering the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mk II; Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 130mm; Shutter speed: 1/640; Aperture: f/7.1; ISO: 400; Date: 29/06/2010, 5.01pm

Additional Info: The main objective of our recent road trip from South Africa to Tanzania was to see the great wildebeest migration and we were not disappointed!

For three days we lucky enough to be in Grumeti Reserves, the 340,000 acre (140,000 Ha) safari destination located on the western boundary of Serengeti National Park.

Grumeti is a privately owned concession and since its establishment in 2003, strict conservation management and control of bush fires has revitalized the area. The abundant grasslands that now cover the plains act as a magnet to the wildlife, including the wildebeest masses as they trek towards the Mara in Kenya.

As has been noted numerous times in the past, it’s almost impossible to capture the magnitude of the migration in a photograph — at least from ground level — particularly in a digital image 600 pixels wide!

On the open plains, the animals are seldom bunched together; instead they’re spread over vast areas, their distinctive shapes gradually diminishing into small specks in the distance — thousands upon thousands of dark dots, as far as the eye can see.

While the above picture can’t attempt to convey this magnitude, fortunately the late-afternoon light was dramatic, the slanting rays adding a golden glow to the winter grass, accentuated by the dark, stormy sky in the background.

Waterbuck Framed by Greenery

Male Waterbuck framed by greenery on edge of Zambezi River

Caption: Waterbuck male (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) standing near water’s edge on the Zambezi River is framed by riverine greenery, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.

Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mk II; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/400; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400

Colors of the Nyala Antelope

Nyala group showing varying colors

Caption: Nyala group of mixed ages and gender, showing their different colors, drinking from waterhole, Mkuzi Game Reserve, South Africa.
Nyala bull with lyre-shaped horns
Nyala Appearance: The females and young have a smooth coat that is bright chestnut with distinct stripes and spots, while males, in addition to their horns, have a more shaggy coat that’s charcoal to slate in color with less contrasty side stripes.

In the picture above, from left we have a young calf, then two adult females, a juvenile male (already turning a darker color) and a sub-adult male.

While the sub-adult male is markedly bigger and darker than the females, he has some way to go to reach adulthood. See, for example, the picture (right) of a mature adult male, with his impressive lyre-shaped horns with ivory tips.

Photo Info: Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 180mm; Shutter speed: 1/1250; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

For more, see Nyala Lateral Display and Nyala Bull at Waterhole.

Kudu Bull Browsing

Kudu bull (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) browsing on winter leaves, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Photo Details: Kudu bull (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) browsing on winter leaves, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP); Lens: Canon EOS 80-200 F2.8 zoom; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter speed: 1/200; Aperture: f2.8; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: Note how the kudu’s long, spiral horns point downward when it raises its head to browse. The kudu uses a similar technique when fleeing from predators through the bush – it lifts its head to bring the horns paralell with its back so they don’t get caught in overhanging branches and other vegetation.

Location: The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare, privately-owned tract of land adjacent to South Africa’s largest and best known game reserve, the Kruger National Park. A number of commercial game lodges, covering differing areas and enjoying varied traversing rights, have been established in the Sabi Sand, including the ultra luxurious Mala Mala, Singita, and Londolozi.

There are no dividing fences between Sabi Sand and Kruger, allowing the prolific variety of wildlife to move freely between the two.

Greater Kudu Bull with Spiral Horns

Greater Kudu bull

Photo Details: Greater Kudu bull (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) standing side-on showing a fine pair of spiral horns, Weenen Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This photograph, taken on a late winter’s afternoon, is enhanced by the warm light that adds a golden glow to the tall winter grass and a pinkish tinge to the clouds in the distance. The angle of the sun also ensures there’s a “catchlight” in the kudu’s eyes, which always adds vibrancy and sparkle to wildlife pictures. The open grassland, with thickets of acacia trees in the background, is typical of the Weenen landscape (see previous post for more on Weenen Game Reserve).

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel; Lens: Canon EOS 100-400 IS zoom; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter-speed: 1/160; Aperture F6.3; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: The greater kudu is found across large parts of east, central, and southern Africa. With it’s tall, regal physique, attractive coloration, and distinctive spiral horns, the male kudu is undoubtedly southern Africa’s – and possibly the continent’s – most iconic antelope. Its head appears on numerous safari-related logos and branding, and it features on the South African R2 coin.

The long spiral horns can grow to 1.87m (6ft) in length, incorporating three full turns, while the average length is around 1.2m (4ft). The face is dark with a distinctive white chevron running between the eyes and a shorter white line on each cheek. The male also has a beard on the lower jaw.

The overall body color varies from reddish brown to blue-gray, with six to 10 white stripes running vertically down the sides.

The male’s average shoulder height is around 1.45m (4ft 8in), making the kudu Africa’s second tallest antelope (after the Eland). The female (cow) is quite a lot smaller at a height of 1 to1.4m (3 to 4ft 6in) and does not have horns.

The kudu’s main enemies are lions, leopards, and smaller predators like hyenas and wild dogs. Kudu are also frequent victims of the hunter’s rifle as their horns are much prized as trophies. Surprisingly though, the long and twisty horns don’t get in the way when a kudu flees from predators through thick bush and forests – it simply lifts its head so the horns lie flat along its back.

 Page 3 of 4 « 1  2  3  4 »