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HYAENA ON THE HUNT - Spotted Hyaena - Crocuta crocuta by Magaret Meintjes

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Spotted hyena
Location captured: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Nikon D50
2011/05/22 09:47:10.3
Image Size: 4210 × 2607
Lens:Nikon AF VR:NIKKOR 80-400mm
Focal Length: 175mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/800 sec – F/5.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

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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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • thank you Ray!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 3 years ago

    Hyaenas have a bad reputation and are not so romantic, as it were. Perhaps due to their relentless hunter instict. Thank you for this amazing shot and for all the background information. Best; Kasia

  • thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comment Kasia !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Magaret

  • Thank you so much Larry!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 3 years ago

    My goodness Maggie…You need to be careful out there. That is quite the write up on them. Quite frightening to think that they might attack a human. Great capture of these guys in action.

  • Thank you so much for visiting Ginny, never takwe chances! Thank you for your kind comment xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    2 Day 2011/07/12

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    12 July 2011 – 1 image per day

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • i am thrilled! thank you so much trish x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Well captured and fascinating informationThese creatures are so frightening! I would never want to see them in the wild.You are a brave photographer!

  • thank you so much for visiting Angie, appreciate your very kind comment!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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