OUTCH! THAT'S MY EYE ! IMPALA – Aepyceros melampus melampus - *ROOIBOK* by Magaret Meintjes
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Captured Location: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
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Nikon D50
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 400mm
1/500 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 200

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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impala, wildlife, animals, africa, south africa, the kruger national park

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Puik foto Magriet!!

  • Baie dankie Liz!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 1 year ago

    wow, animals are just amazing, a fabulous capture here, well done,dawnx

  • Thank you so much dear Dawn x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
    .

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    05-17-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so much for the feature Kira, a great honor !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago


    with Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)

  • Thank you dear Macks!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 1 year ago


    5/17/13

  • Thank you so much for a great honor Karen !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
  • Thank you so much for a great honor Thomas !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

    Incredible image!

  • Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comment Thomas !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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