The Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) seems to be lying on its head, in a mock hang-over, while the baboon walks away in disgust. The antelope is digging with its horns into the soft surround to a nearly dried pan. It is not clear whether the Kudu was digging for water, probably to avoid having to walk over the semi dried soft surface and submerging dangerously in the mud, or whether it was bringing salts to the surface. One of the agnostic behaviours of Tragelaphus is ground horning following lateral presentation by two competing male. Horns are only present in the male of the species.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF70-200mm f/2.8-5.6L IS USM +1.4x ; 1/250 sec; f/8; ISO 200; 560mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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2 thoughts on “Digger

  1. A prime example of brilliant photography epitomising the marvels of the Rhodesian African bush fauna – an absolute joy to behold

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