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Friday, April 29, 2011
Time to kill...an exciting early morning game drive from RiverBend Lodge
But this was just the beginning and the drive was going to get a LOT more interesting...
The Lodge has traversing rights into the adjacent Addo Elephant Park and it was here, on our early morning game drive that we came across this clan of Hyena that had just(within the previous hour) killed this Kudu!
Once again, as luck would have it,I missed the kill but I was lucky enough to spend time with this clan and the Black Back Jackals that were scavenging off the kill.
The Hyenas seemed to be very relaxed and they tolerated the intrusion of jackals without too much stress.
Often people belive that Hyenas only scavenge of the carcasses that other predators have killed. In actual fact, as this kill demonstrated, they are capable of bringing down sizable game on their own(they tend to stick to prey species that have an average weight of about 102kgs) Though the species' prehistoric range included Eurasia extending from Atlantic Europe to China, it now only occurs in all of Africa south of the Sahara save for the Congo Basin.
We eventually left them as, like with humans, their full tummies dictated that a nap would be a good idea...
It was the beginning of an awesome drive that included Secretary birds,Elephant and lions (even if the latter were at the far range of my 50-500mm lens)
I wonder if this tourist was aware that there were predators in the reserve!