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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:25 pm

Thanks Peter.

Yes we saw quite a few near Klopperfontein on various occations in July.

We were told that they are very fast, but also a very dumb animal - if it is scared, it would start running and then stop and come back to where they started from, many times where the danger is. Any one knows if this is true?
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:30 pm

I do know that hartebeest are curious, but I think less so than wildebeest, especially black wildebeest.

If you're out walking and see wildebeest you can actually get them to come closer to you by say sitting down and putting a handkerchief on the grass next to you, or tying it to a small tree where it will slightly flutter low down. They are curious and will come take a look what's going on. They'll also run sort of a semi-circle and then back to where they were.

I've not really observed hartebeest enough while on foot to make too informed comments on their behaviour. But one thing I do know is that they're very fast, as is blesbok.
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby bishop3006 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:56 pm

Some nice photos on the webcams today at Nossob.

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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:43 pm

I always enjoy seeing red harties.

The blinking Adbim's storks arrived the day after we left Nossob and are STILL there :wall: and I cannot tick them via the webcam.
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby 3dgreek » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:51 pm

Woohoo...I was right in my ID of the Abdim's storks!!! Yeehaw!!!
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:22 pm

Yeah, when we left Nossob, we met Markw & wanderw at 2R. They were on the way to Nossob & saw the Abdims in the flesh.
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby 3dgreek » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:24 pm

Pretty funky looking things mind!
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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby Nico » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:26 pm

In front of our tent in Grootkolk we saw a dominant male Red Hartebeest chasing a young male Red Hartebeest out of the herd. :?

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Re: Antelope: Red Hartebeest

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:02 am

Seems like there are a little bit of confusion regarding the Hartebeest in our parks.

Red Hartebeest of Addo (Not found in Kruger)
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Lichtenstein Hartebeest of Kruger (Pretoriuskop)
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Tsessebe of Kruger (Pretoriuskop)
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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:40 am

What was this?

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby pantera leo » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:06 am

Now that's the Red Hartebeest! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:51 pm

Guinea Pig, look at the horns. You'll see that, seen from the side, the red/Lichtenstein hartebeest has "7"-shaped horns, while that of the Tsessebe is "flat".

Nice sightings, both of them. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Phugwane » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:03 pm

The Hartebeest in your pic is a female...thin horns

Lichtensteins Hartebeest are best seen around Klopperfontein Dam and on the Northern Plains 4x4 trail on the Vlakteplaas rangers section near the Antelope camp


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