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Blesbok/Blesbuck

Damaliscus pygargus

Description:

A large antelope normally with dark red-brown along it's flanks and legs and lighter red-brown along the spine. Always present is the white blaze on it's face (in afrikaans "bles" = "blaze" in english). This one was an albino, with no pigmentation whatsoever.

Habitat:

Highveld of southern Africa, generally open grasslands.

Notes:

Just for interest's sake: the only way of telling a Blesbok from a Bontebok (as far as I can tell) is the fact that the Blesbok's blaze is divided into two parts, and the Bontebok's is whole (the difference is hard to see from a distance)

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SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Such a rare spotting....and the background is beautiful too.

Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Free State, South Africa

Lat: -28.18, Long: 28.30

Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on May 10, 2014

Spotted for mission

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