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I was surprised that i couldn't find a thread for waterbuck photos seeing as they are found just about everywhere.

 

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and a blesbok

 

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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda - Feb 2013

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Late afternoon on the shelf. South Luangwa, near Lion Camp, Sept' 2008.

 

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Timbavati Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa - October 2013



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Vumbura Botswana November 2013

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and another one

 

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On the banks of the Zambezi, Chikwenya, Mana Pools

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at Selinda

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@@marg that could make a good backside pic for the mag :)

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@@Game Warden...if you would like, it is fine with me.

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Moremi, September 2014

 

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~ Male Kobus ellipsiprymnus in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya, on a plain between low volcanic hills.

 

Photographed on 20 January, 2015 at 10:53 am with an EOS 1D X camera and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super telephoto lens.

 

ISO 400, 1/2000 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

This portrait was pleasing as the rufous tip of the tail, the annulated horns, and the grass stubble in its mouth are all characteristic.

 

What I sought to include were the vigorous wildflower blooms surrounding him.

 

I need to be straightened out by those in the know. During this safari I was told that Kobus ellipsiprymnus thrives due to the unpalatability of its flesh to potential predators.

 

Is that so? Or is it no more than campfire speculation?

 

In any case, as elsewhere, Common Waterbuck populations appeared to be robust.

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I need to be straightened out by those in the know. During this safari I was told that Kobus ellipsiprymnus thrives due to the unpalatability of its flesh to potential predators.

 

Is that so? Or is it no more than campfire speculation?

 

 

 

@@Tom Kellie

 

I've heard that too and maybe there is some truth to it but I've seen lion kill and consume a waterbuck & also hyena feeding on waterbuck.

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Waterbucks have an oily substance on the coat. You can actually smell it if you get close enough. It is this substance that "taints" the meat for humans, unless one is extremely careful in skinning it.

 

There are parts of Africa where lions don't care for preying on waterbuck, but there are parts of Africa where lions have "adapted" to the taste (for instance, in Kruger, South Africa).

 

So, yes, the notion is somewhat true.

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~ Hello, @@Safaridude!

 

That's such a helpful explanation. Many thanks for that.

What you've written accounts for the variation in waterbuck flesh as a meal option.

Over the past few days I've enjoyed a number of your trip reports, which are a model of clarity, good humor and fact.

Really appreciate your expertise and lucid writing style, not to mention your superb wildlife photography

Tom K.

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Waterbuck In the misty moorlands ;

 

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Aberdare NP, Kenya 2013.

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~ Hello, @@Ben mosquito!

 

Ooh! That's a cool shot.

Really like the wildflowers on the left. The misty look is moody, adding to the drama of a shaggy waterbuck standing there.

Having driven past, but never visited Aberdare National Park, your photo gives me a sense of what it's like.

Many thanks for sharing such an appealing waterbuck shot.

Tom K.

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I loved seeing waterbucks on our safari to Southern Africa - heres a few close ups - shot at Hwange in Zimbabwe and Kruger September 2014.

 

They have a most wonderful nose!

 

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cheers

 

David Taylor

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~ @theplainswanderer:

 

Ooh, baby! That's one FINE waterbuck portrait!

Outstanding contrasts and color tones.

Many thanks for posting an image which I highly admire.

Tom K.

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My favourite large Antelope.
I don´t know why, I just think they are beautiful!

 

The horns... the fur... the body... everything. I´m in love :)

 

Waterbuck , Queen Elisabeth NP, Uganda

 

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Masai Mara, May 2012

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ELLIPSEN WATERBUCK. Kobus ellipsiprymnus.

Female with juvenile, taken 07.30 near Silale Swamp, Tarangire N.P. Tanzania. July 2016.

Very common in the park particularly near wetland areas.

Settings 400mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320. Image as taken.

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