Ongava Research Centre Blog...

2015 - Week 20
- (Added 17. May. 2015 - 11:00)

Another aerial shot from Ongava’s Tented Camp… Oddly enough, we do see quite a few of these ‘in flight’ shots from the waterhole camera at that camp. I say odd, since there are salt licks very close to the buildings there, and these antelope (here a black-faced impala) come to within a few meters of where people are sitting. Hence they are very habituated to that location, and generally very relaxed. Perhaps there is something approaching that we cannot see in this shot…

2015 - Week 19
- (Added 10. May. 2015 - 11:00)

While on the ‘calf’ theme, here’s another image to make you go ‘aaaaaahhh’. Unlike last week’s red hartebeest calf, young mountain zebra foals look very similar to their parents… Or do they??? Take a closer look at the foal in the picture. The stripe motif is not the same! This is in fact a plains zebra foal – the mother is just out of shot on the right…

2015 - Week 18
- (Added 3. May. 2015 - 11:00)

Red hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus caama calves are very vulnerable to predation, so females tend to hide their youngsters in dense vegetation before coming to drink. So it is not often we see such a young calf out in the open… In fact, this picture is from a camera trap placed at the waterhole at Ongava’s Tented Camp (you can see one of the tents in the background), so one might think the hartebeest might feel especially vulnerable here.

2015 - Week 17
- (Added 26. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

Not much to add to this image, apart from… impressive! This is one of a number of male leopards that we see on Ongava – some appear to be resident, and other transients, just appearing from time to time.

2015 - Week 16
- (Added 19. Apr. 2015 - 11:00)

I can hear the complaints now. Yet another Photoshop manipulation… Absolutely not! I think we seriously underestimate how high these animals can jump, even when we see them in action. The reason this kudu looks a little unnatural in flight is that the camera has captured the peak of the jump as the animals alters its angle to land on its front legs. The interesting thing here is that none of the other animals appear to be about to rush off into the distance – it is likely that the kudu was ‘encouraged’ to leave the immediate vicinity of the waterhole by a more aggressive individual, here probably a mountain zebra.

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