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THE SNORTING OF THE “BLUE WILDEBEEST”, VISIBLE THROUGH MY BEDROOM WINDOW, IS MY WAKE-UP CALL EVERY MORNING! THIS IS MY VIEW, THIS IS MY PLACE, THIS IS MY LIFE!
GROENLAND GAMELODGE, LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA.

BLUE WILDEBEEST – Connochaetes taurinus

Although these animals have never approached extinction like the black wildebeest, the numbers are a far cry from the massive herds which roamed the plains of the early habitat, particularly East Africa. There are, however, still areas of fairly large herd aggregations. In this sub-region, Botswana still sees large herd movements. Their preferred habitat is open grassland, floodplain grassland, and bush savanna, but also utilizes light woodland. Water is an essential component of their habitat.
They are diurnal and are most active during the morning and later afternoon, resting in the heat of the day. On cooler days are active all days are active all day and also active on moontlight nights. The territorial male will indulge in a variety of territorial displays to suit the occasion. It will dissuade an interloper with a threat display, involving erect neck and forward direct head and a rocking-horse catering motion forward, which is usually sufficient to send the other male off. Males will herd females with a lowered head, and streaming tail, grunting and lowing. Young females may stay in the herd for life but males are sent off to join bachelor groups. Both sexes carry horns with those of the female being less robust.
Predators are lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and for calves, also black-backed jackal. Great mortality through drowning and trampling has been recorded in the massive migrations. This provides a feast for predators and scavengers, which follow the herds to pick out the weak and young. The wildebeest is a prey favoured by the lion above the zebra. The zebra, it is believed, senses this and associates with the wildebeest herds for the safety the association provides.
Females in oestrus move restlessly from one territorial bull to another, mating with several. Copulation is usually at night. One precocial calf is born and must be able to move with the herd at a very early age if it is to escape the predators.
Food: They are grazers, eating usually only very short grass. Their spatulate shaped muzzle allows them to fee on the very short grass. They particularly favour newly-sprouted grass after fire.

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  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 5 years ago

    I am soooo jealous my friend….all I have is a Collar Dove that sits on my roof and coo-coos down the chimnet pot LOL!!!!!……….xxxxx

  • I would gladly share if I could my dear friend, just so happy you enjoyed it and thank you so much, big hug and take care !xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 5 years ago

    lovely capture mq

  • Thank you so much my friend, appreciate your time and support, take care ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    how fabulous, so you miss them when they herd together for thier long long walk or do they stay by you,dawnx

  • We have a herd of close to 400 hundred that we re-introduced dawn and very successful as well. They, unfortunately, can not do their long walks any more, they would just be taken down by poachers. We have enough land for them to roam freely. Many years ago they did pass through here when they migrated as seasons changed. Thank you so happy you enjoyed them, I adore them! Take care dear friend, hugs xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 5 years ago

    AKA John Cleese “herds of Wildebeest grazing”… tee hee :)

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 5 years ago

    Hi dear Max, missed your face, comments and my giggles! Our re-introduced herd, is now, close to 400! Quiet a picture when they’re all in together. All the same, thank you my friend, good to chat to you again, take care till next time! xx

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 5 years ago

    I am loving this image and your info about these beautiful creatures. I am glad to hear that they are doing good where you are. I have deer that I see outside my window. I feed them apples and now peanuts and even some corn…lol…sometimes. I started doing it so they would stay by my place and they wouldn’t get killed by the hunters. I see 4 every day and sometimes 6 or 7 now. Last year there were about 10. We have a Safari Park here in Virginia (U.S) that all sorts of animals roam free on. It’s 180 acres. You drive through and the animals will aproach the vehicles. I was amazed by that. They have some Whit e Bearded Wildebeest there that I was able to get a few shots of. I will put one on for you. You are a lucky girl!!! Fantastic capture!!

  • Thank you so much Ginny so happy you enjoyed it and I really enjoyed and am fascinated by your story about the deer as well as the White Bearde Wildebeest, really looking forward to see your captures! Take Care, xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    FABULOUS!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much lorilee, appreciate your time and kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago

    I like this image, and i see it is like they are watching you ,Or are they waiting for breakfast?

  • Thank you Kevin, I think if I had to start the breakfast thing, they would never leave the spot! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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