The bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) is a shy antelope that prefers the protection and cover offered by thick bush. So well hidden was this female that I almost completely missed her, even though I was looking almost right at her. Not being the fastest of runners, they prefer to freeze and remain motionless in the face of potential danger. An incredibley handsome coat and soft antelope features cover an extremely aggressive nature. Male bushbuck are so ardent in their pursuit of an eligible female that they will kill a rival suiter if neccessary with their short scimitar horns, in order to earn her affections and gain mating rights.
After intently and motionlessly observing us for quite some time, she seemed to have satisfied herself that we were of no real threat to her, and simply noiselessly disolved into the thick undergrowth as if a ghost.
Imfolozi Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa