Waterbuck Male – a Handsome Chap!
Caption: Male waterbuck portrait showing the long, heavily-ridged horns, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM telephoto lens; Focal length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/1250; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400
Author Robert Ruark once described the male waterbuck as “ruggedly handsome” and the waterbuck portrait above gives credence to this view.
Only the males carry the long, heavily-ridged horns. They curve gracefully back and then slightly forward near the tips (below).
Here are quick facts about the waterbuck:
Scientific name: Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Shoulder height: 1,3 m
Weight: 250 – 270 kg
Gestation period: 280 days
Life expectancy: 15 years
See also safari guide Roddy Smith’s article, The Ruggedly Handsome Waterbuck, for more.
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