A herd of Sable seen in the Borokalalo Game Reserve
The juvenile Sable have a roan colouring to them but the adults have this glorious black coat with a sheen.
A lone Sable bull came down to the Chobe River to drink. He seemed unfazed by possible crocs in the water.
Beautiful reflection of the same Sable bull.
Sable bull having sated his thirst strolls back into the bush. Look at the sweep of those horns he must be a mature bull.
A small herd of Sable seen in the distance from our boat on the Chobe River.
The pedestrians are impressed with the passing Sable bull.
A lone Sable bull drinking from a pool in Chobe National Reserve.
The same lone Sable bull alerted by a noise in the surrounding bush.
Having sated his thirst this Sable bull was strolling back into the bush alongside the Chobe river.
This female Sable was on her way to drink from the river but was very wary of what was in the water and around the water’s edge.
This female Sable is very wary of coming down to drink but is obviously thirsty. I was surprised to see a female on her own. Both sexes have curved horns, the female’s are just shorter and not as curved back as those of the male.
It is interesting to see that a Sable’s eyes are positioned so that is can see laterally as well as forwards. It obviously has good stereoscopic vision.
This female kept coming down to the water and backing away – very cautious. i guess every animal that comes down to drink from the Chobe River is well aware of the danger lurking under the surface of the water.
It intrigues me how Sable, and Impala for that matter, manage to keep their coats in such glossy condition.
At last this female Sable plucked up the courage and walked down to the water’s edge to drink.
Young Sable down at Elpahnat Valley along the Chobe river – watching for crocs!!
Wind irection changed alerting this young Sable
Magnificent Sable antelope and its is not yet at its prime.
This small group of young Sable do not go directly to the river to drink but to a small pool a few metres away from the rivers edge. The reason – crocs!!
Ever alert for crocodiles in the Chobe – drink but be wary.
Having slaked its thirst this young Sable to walking back into the bush.
Change in wind direction and this young Sable picks up a new scent along the Chobe river.
These Sable have to walk out of Elephant Valley and there are trees and bushes either side of the sand corridor turning it into ambush ally.
Beautiful colouring of this young Sable which is just starting to darken from it juvenile reddish-brown tint.
Long deep draws of water – this Sable was obviously very thirsty.
Young Sable looking for a place to drink safely along the edge of the Chobe river.