Quite a common sight and often captured on camera, these two male Impala (Aepyceros melampus – Shona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) rams are squabbling over territory, which activity is generally limited to a couple of months in the year. The violent clashing of horns is usually the end encounter of a stand-off between two males in which there is high horn presentation. The defending territorial male offers his forehead for sniffing by the trespasser, which may sniff and then subordinately back off in a low head posture. Often it does not end that way and the two aggressors lock horns in combat. Rarely the encounter is fatal, with two antelope locking their horns inseparably, but mostly they get away with a few cuts and bruises; and then the occasional broken horn.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS USM + 1.4 x III; 1/6400 sec; f/4; ISO 320; 255mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Patrick Ward is and English photographer and author of several books on his own photographic work. He is attributed with this quote:
“There are many reasons for shooting pictures, not least the adrenalin pumping moment of knowing you’re caught a marvellous instant, but itís all a little empty if all the results end up in a little yellow box in a cupboard.”