Nyala Antelope Taking Water

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A male Nyala antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) digs with its snout for water in a partly dried pan. Antelope will not venture to the water’s edge, since this would put them at risk of bogging down in the softer mud. There are also crocodiles to consider, but this animal was safe from that hazard. The Nyala is almost entirely confined to the southern Lowveld African savannah, although pockets of them are to be found in the Mana Pools and other areas in Zimbabwe. They prefer dense woodland and are both browsers and a grazers. Nyala males are generally solitary, but do form bachelor groups occasionally for short durations. Female groups rarely go beyond a mother and her last and penultimate born, except when in estrus.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/180sec; ISO-200; 490mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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