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Unread post by onewithnature » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:19 pm

Of COURSE a good sighting - grysbok are one of my favourite buck. I always enjoy seeing them. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Jock » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:34 am

This little Sharpe's allowed us to get very close, thinking that if it stood very still, maybe we would not see her

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:43 pm

Aat, Jock ... great pics of a generally shy animal! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Jock » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:27 pm

Thanks OWN, I could not believe it when she stood still as we came back to photograph her. This one was on the S99 Mahonie Loop by Punda Maria. We saw 5 that day which also included lion and the caracal kittens.
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by deefstes » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:46 am

wildflowergirl wrote:Is a sharpe's grysbok and a tropical grysbok the same antelope with two names or are they two different animals??

Yes, it's the same thing. It is also known as a Northern Grysbok. I actually prefer the name Tropical Grysbok or Northern Grysbok as it seems to be more meaningful names than simply naming the animal after a person.

I'm not even sure whom it was named after because the species was described by Oldfield Thomas in 1897, not by someone named Sharpe.

There are only two species of Grysbok in the world, Cape Grysbok of course being the other one. In fact some authorities consider Northern Grysbok to be no more than a subspecies of Cape Grysbok or Southern Grysbok.
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by oddesy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:34 am

I had a great sighting of this beautifull antelope near babalala last december :D

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Unread post by okie » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:25 am

Herewith Grysbokkie .

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Re: Grysie or Steenbok?

Unread post by forestgump » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:54 am

Okie :thumbs_up: :cam:
Sharpes Grysbok can only be confused with the Cape Grysbok, this is where the Sharpes false hooves above the fetlock, come in as an easy distinguishing feature. However their seperate ranges seperate any potential confusion too.
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Tom124 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:06 pm

Would these guys be seen on Orpen cam or is this out of their range? Thanks :D
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:15 pm

Tom, I have never before heard of them in this area, the furtherest South I have heard of them lately is in the Orpen Dam area and that is pretty unsual.
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by BushFairy » Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:03 pm

Tom, I've had three sightings along the Timbavati and two near Gudzani Dam (near Satara), so I think it's possible...
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:55 pm

They are quite common in areas near Phalaborwa, so I am sure they will be seen near Orpen as well.
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:29 pm

Hallo, Tom124!

Just interestingly, the grysbok and the steenbuck don't really do the waterhole-drinking thing, in my experience!

Unless there is a very dry spell they get their moisture from other sources, or so it is said! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Tom124 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:24 pm

Thanks RP :thumbs_up: I assume they get them from roots or tuberous plants?
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread post by Patto » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:44 pm

Hey all :D

I have seen one on the Maroela loop near Skukuza, so there is definately the possibility that it could occur in the Orpen area. Was very surprised when we saw it (Sept 2008), as I had always thought it occurred in the north only!

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