YEAH, I AM WATCHING YOU! - Spotted Hyaena - Crocuta crocuta by Magriet Meintjes

YEAH, I AM WATCHING YOU! - Spotted Hyaena - Crocuta crocuta by 

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LOCATION CAPTURED: The Kruger National Park, South Africa, close to Mopani Rest Camp

Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm DG
Focal Length: 300mm
1/400 sec – F/5.6
Spotted Hyaena – Crocuta crocuta
Spotted hyenas are creatures of the open woodland, open savannah, and semi desert.
They are predominantly scavengers but are also active and relentless hunters. Their existence depends upon a large supply of game and their disappearance in certain parts reflects the impact of man upon their environment. They are active mainly at dusk and night and occasionally by day. They sleep in self-dug or appropriated burrows, in tall grass or rock piles. They roll in mud, carrion or regurgitated food and indulge in mutual licking and grooming.
Their voice is an integral ‘sound of an African night’, a succession of long drawn-out whoops, beginning low on the scale and rising in cadence and up the scale, ending in a low moaning, at the gathering together for the hunt. Their other vocalizations are hysterical gaggling after successful hunt, yelling when attempting to drive of an enemy, whining, grunting and groaning.
The spotted hyaena family is a matriarchal society, in which the heavier female is the undisputed ruler of the clan. There is usually a single dominant male, which defers to the ruling matriarch. The females have external genitalia, remarkably similar to those of the males, giving rise to an age-old myth that the spotted hyaenas are hermaphrodites.
Their main enemies are lion. Unguarded young and solitary animals fall prey to lion as well as leopards and hunting dogs. The young are also vulnerable to old hyaena males and to other packs of spotted hyaena. The mutual savage hatred of the lion by the spotted hyaena is evidence of the long a bitter rivalry between the two species and the unrelenting harassment by each other at the kill. One to four, usually two, antiracial pups is born.
FOOD: PREDOMINANTLY CARRION; their main food is from lion kills, capable even of consuming the tight bone of the buffalo. As their senses are keen, they are generally the first to detect a carcass or kill. They hunt old, sick and young herbivores and in some areas adult antelope and zebra are brought down to a bite to their fetlocks and then torn to pieces while still alive. While in a pack they may drive lion and other predators from their kills. Solitary humans may be at risk from the packs at night. Sheep, donkeys, horses and goats are taken and any loose offal or anything remotely edible is consumed. Other food is any small animals, crabs, also relishing the faeces of wild dogs. They eat grass and other vegetable matter and the contents of refuse bins at rest camps. The young also eat the faeces of ungulates. Very dependant on available water for which they will travel very far.

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  • mollymum
    mollymumover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Colleen for your very kind comment, I appreiate it, take care x

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 5 years ago

    Perfectly captured Maggie, love it !

  • Thank you so much sweet friend, take care xx

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 5 years ago

    What an amazing capture! Thank you for all the fascinating details too.

  • Thank you for your time and very kind comment, I appreciate it, take care !

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • Yool
    Yoolover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture!!!!!

  • Thank you my dear friend I appreciate your, always, kind comments, hugs xx

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • Macky
    Mackyover 5 years ago

    This is another winner Mags, love the back light filtering through it’s hair!!

  • Thank yo so much Macs, that is a great comment from a great artist, I appreciate it, take care, hugs x

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 5 years ago


    Your image above was featured in our new group;

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  • Wow! What a surprise, great honour and a wonderful way to start a new day! Thank you so much I appreciate it, take care!

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 5 years ago

    Great capture Margaret. Wayne

  • Thank you for your time and very kind comment Wayne, I appreciate it, take care !

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 5 years ago

    Please consider adding this to our new group, The Great Outdoors

  • Thank you so much Sharon for your invitation I woulf love to join your group, take care xx

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • tanmari
    tanmariover 5 years ago

    This is a great portrait Megs (Is your name reallly Magaret?) I am just reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and in that book a hyaena is one of the main characters. A Must Read.

  • Yhank you tanmari, will see if I can get hold of it here! Yes my name is Magaret, from there the mags and maggie, in my homelanguage it is “Magriet”, difficult to pronounce in English but in Enlish it is “Magaret”! take care sweet friend, hugs x

    – Magriet Meintjes

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleover 5 years ago

    Wow, MM, did you have goosebumps taking this shot?!!?

  • Yes,yes,yes, it was on of those “Wow” shots! Couldn’t wait to see the end product! I thank you kindly for your stunning comment! take care x

    – Magriet Meintjes

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