Kudu Crypsis


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Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), one of the most graceful large antelopes in the Mana Pools area, pauses in the shade of a mahogany tree. This animal often relies on crypsis (a synonym for animal camouflage and anti-predator behaviour, such as stillness) allowing close approach by the threat. Once in flight, those magnificent horns are tucked along the back of the antelope through head held high.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/1500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 1250; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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