Impala Harem Takes Water

Another reasonably common shot from a water pan, as a harem of impala (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) come down to take water casting a blurred mirror image across rippling water. The horned male takes a drink on the right. The impala is often described as the perfect antelope and is both a grazer and a browser enabling it to survive better in the Mopani woodlands where perennial grasses have been overgrazed or simply burnt out. Impala are unique in that they have a fetlock gland, which is not found in other antelope. Its use is not known. There has been some argument as to whether this animal is territorial. Dominant males have sebaceous scent glands on the forehead, basically for marking territory, but some agree the male may only be territorial during the mating season. The impala, when in abundance, which it normally is, is very much the staple of large predators in Africa.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 235mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography