Safari luck sighting in the yard…Nature at its finest….

She’d nibble on the pellets but we never saw him take a single bite.  He was more interested in her than he was in snacking.

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

A female bushbuck climbs the pile of dirt for next door’s construction project.

Today’s entire post revolves around what could be considered the “Sighting of the Day in the Bush” since the experience is worthy of more than one photo under the daily feature photo.  We’re enthralled with the babies of many species of wildlife in the park.  And, we gasp in wonder over the enormous antlers of a mature, perhaps senior, kudu who visit from time to time.

Both this female and male bushbuck had been in an out of our yard for days. 

We’ve stumbled across only a few opportunities to witness, first hand, the creation of life when the mating process isn’t necessarily easily observed in the open in front of human onlookers. 

Ironically, the prior day we’d mentioned how interesting it would be to see more wildlife mating before our eyes.

It isn’t as if wildlife prefers privacy during the act, per se.  Most likely it’s just a matter of us humans being at the right place at the right time, to see how procreation occurs in the wild.

He made a number of seeming unsuccessful attempt but finally, nature took its course.

We were amazed to see lions mating while on safari in the Masai Mara as shown in this photo below.  Also, here’s the link for that sighting.

 Anderson, our guide explained this process could go on for hours.  We’d anticipated he might bite her, growl or be aggressive in some manner. But, he quietly and gently pursued her, an exquisite sight to behold. 

Then, in 2016 while living on an alpaca farm in New Plymouth, New Zealand for three months, we had the opportunity to witness the supervised mating ritual as shown in this link (with a video) and also the below photo:

Trish and Neil, owners of the alpaca farm, as they oversee the mating to ensure all is going well.  The macho (the male) is wearing a harness used to bring him to the mating pen.

We’d considered including “for adult eyes only” in the heading of today’s post.  Most certainly, we prefer not to suggest what is appropriate viewing material for your children or grandchildren who may on occasion see our posts.

He often kept his eyes on us and was very skittish if we stood from our chairs on the veranda.

We find all aspects of nature and the life cycles of wildlife a true miracle. Each of us can learn from all aspects of nature from conception to birth, from mammals on the hunt and subsequently eating their prey or to finding the carcass of an elephant in the savanna who died of old age, injury or illness.

She was still eyeballing the pellets while continued in the act.

Yesterday, we stopped everything we were doing to embrace the relationship and behavior of these two stunning animals.  Bushbucks are one of the most beautiful creatures in the antelope family that we’ve seen in Africa.  Their special markings make them stand out amongst the others.

Graciously, he stopped now and then and let her get back to her pellets and apples we placed on the ground earlier.

After over an hour of observing the handsome couple, they wandered off into the bush to continue the mating process away from our prying eyes.  Oddly, the male never once took a bite of the fresh veggies or pellets. He was focused on ensuring their safety, keeping a tense lookout whenever they were apart and of course, mating with this female.

He was patient but stayed close to her.

In the early evening, we set up the camera on the tripod with a chair nearby to quietly observe; the handheld camera at close proximity; the new bright light to illuminate the yard and; containers of cut apples, vegetables, and pellets for our now nightly ritual of watching for nocturnal visitors.

Awhile later, they wandered off into the dense bush for more activity.  Surely, it must have been a successful day.

Surprisingly, the bright light doesn’t seem to keep wildlife away.  We’re accumulating, sorting and choosing photos we’ll be sharing here soon.  Please check back frequently to see what we’ve discovered in the dark of night.

This is the baby bushbuck we’d shown a few weeks ago who returned with mom (she was nearby eating veggies and pellets we’d put out) who’d grown so much.  Please click this link to see the baby only a few weeks ago here.

Tonight is the “blue moon,” the second full moon in the month of March.  We hope you have an opportunity to revel in its glory and enjoy the meaning and purpose of this holiday weekend of Easter and Passover. 

The baby bushbuck has yet to show any interest in pellets of vegetables, instead waiting in the bush while mom devoured everything we’d put out.

May God’s blessings (or your chosen higher power or beliefs) grace you this season and always.


Photo from one year ago today, March 31, 2017:

There are hundreds of sailboats and motor boats in the  Clontarf Marina in Sydney, Australia.  Construction was in process at the time as shown to the left but didn’t seem to impede any of the activities  For more photos, please click here.

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