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ARE WE SAFE HERE - BABY  IMPALA – Aepyceros melampus melampus - *ROOIBOK* by Magaret Meintjes

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Captured Location: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
2013/02/12
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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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  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Awesome,Maggie :)

  • Thank you Tony!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 1 year ago

    They look so nice and clean and all dolled up for a family outing.

    Cheers

  • Thank you Warren, they always do!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 1 year ago

    What a stunning capture.. Wonderful detail and colors.

  • Thank you so very much Carol!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    WONDERFUL detail Magaret

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thank you so much lorilee!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you for excepting Ray!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    02-12-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • I am humbly honoured thank you so much Kira!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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


    12 February 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    February 12, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so, so much Teresa, a great honour and much appreciated x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    February 12, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Wow! Thank you for the honour and inspiration Teresa xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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