BABY BLACK-FACED IMPALA _Aepyceros melampus petersi - Swartneus rooibok by Magaret Meintjes
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Captured Location: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
2013/02/26
Nikon D50
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Digital Vari-Program: Sports
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec – F/5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200

IMPALA – Aepyceros melampus melampus – ROOIBOK

The lighter but not the smaller of the two sub-species, more richly coloured and by far the most common antelope in the sub-region.
In common with the black-faced impala is the presence on the lower back legs of the distinctive, conspicuous, oval tufts of black hair, like socks, overlaying metatarsal glands in the skin. On the stern of the males is a small bare glandular patch which secretes an oily substance. Only males have horns, lyrate in shape, maximum length about 80cm.
Form large breeding herds of up to 100, or even in exceptional cases up to 200, but more usually up to 20. These consist of young, females and sub-adult males, watchfully aloof from the herd. Potentially dominant males form juvenile and young adult bachelor herds, which generally keep away from the breeding herd. At times of rut the bachelor adults become restless, often leaving the heard to form their own breeding herd. With much roaring and aggression they may disrupt a breeding herd, for possession of which they challenge and fight the dominant males.
They are diurnal animals, but the dominant male will graze little in die day, preferring to stay alert and grazing mainly at night. Their voice is a harsh warning barking snort, bellowing and grunting in rut and a soft bleating by the calves in contact with the mother, or louder when lost.
Impala are the major food component of the larger predators where they occur mutually, such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hunting dog, spotted hyaena and the crocodile. Young are taken by the larger eagles, pythons and jackals. The females bear a single calf in isolation from the herd in thick bush or tall grass and eat the afterbirth. The whole crop of births takes place together. Young are hidden for a day or two and are usually able to join the herd with their mother 24 hours after birth; otherwise they are kept hidden for a few days. Remain with the herd about 15 months, after which the males are driven out to join the bachelor groups.
Food Browse and graze; in dry season tend to congregate in greener riverine areas. Eat tender tip twigs and leaves of shrubs and trees, favouring acacias. Depend upon availability of water and the presence of a herd is usually evidence of nearby water

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Pragtig Magriet!

  • Baie dankie Liz x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Magriet! I see these Impala are on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species and listed as “vulnerable”. Lovely that you managed to get a close look at them!

  • Yes, thank you Maree x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    02-27-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so much for the honour Kira x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago


    27 February 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    29 Febr. 2013.

    Klik op banier asb.

  • Baie dankie vir die toekenning Liz, wonderlike voorreg!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 1 year ago


    Very cute, Maggie :)

  • Thank you David x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    February 28, 2013

    BEAUTIFUL Capture!

  • Thank you so much for the honour and your lovely comment Teresa x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lyn Darlington
    Lyn Darlingtonover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture and clarity!

  • Thank you so much Lyn x

    – Magaret Meintjes

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