A Black Widebeest â€¦

… at Golden Gate Memorial National Park, Free State, South Africa.

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JUST BORN

This Wildebeest calf was born a few minutes before we arrived on this scene and it started running following mum a few minutes later.

Nature is amazing!

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – BLUE WILDEBEEST

Yesterday morning I took this video showing a baby Blue Wildebeest – also called Striped Gnu – standing up for the first time and following its mum. This happened only minutes after the birth.

Sorry for the shaky camera work, but I had to hand-hold a 500mm lens to get this footage.

Mother and child were running just ten minutes later. Nature is marvelous!

And, for the last time in 2019: Have a good week!

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Youngsters!

These three Wildebeest youngster were playing hard, but as soon as I got close enough to take pictures they just posed for the camera!

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More about Blue Wildebeest:
The gestation period is about eight and a half months and between 80 and 90% of the calves are born within a three-week time period. Female wildebeest give birth in the middle of a herd rather than alone, and typically in the middle of the day. This allows time for the newborn to become steady on its feet before night falls and the predators become more active. Calves weigh about 19 kg (42 lb) at birth, and can usually stand on their own within a few minutes of birth. To escape predation, calves remain close to their mothers for a significant time, and may continue suckling until the next year’s calf is nearly due.

New, funny, harassed, well light and rocky!

A good morning drive on Ithala. I encountered …

… a new species (for me :-)): An antelope named Tsessebe, which I have never seen before.

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… two Secretary birds with their funny walk across a burned area.

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… a Tawny Eagle who was harassed by a Black-shouldered Kite.

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… a well light scene at sunrise with Zebra and Wildebeest.

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… and an exciting drive on a very rocky 4×4 trail.

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Let’s see what the afternoon will bring!

New Arrivals!

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Hundreds of additional Impalas, Wildebeest, Nyala, Zebra and Kudus are arriving over the next few weeks at Thanda Private Game Reserve. This large number of additional plains game will enhance the excellent Thanda Game Drive Experience even further. Besides seeing the Big Five on daily drives it is very exciting to see large groups of these herbivores roaming on the reserve.

Thanda will also receive additional Cape Buffalo Bulls. Together with over 30 Buffalo birth in this rainy season, this will bring the number of Buffalo at Thanda to well over 160.

The images show the release of Impala and Wildebeest onto the reserve…

… and this is a link to a short video from one of the Impala arrivals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67OVEjBepFw

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Vulture, Lions and Wildebeest

Today’s blog message is about three different sightings.

First I got a very good image of a White-baked Vulture in flight.

Below are two pictures of the Thanda North Pride (Mum, her two daughters and her son) and the young male in a tree.

And last but not least a herd of Blue Wildebeest in the evening sun.

Enjoy today’s pictures!