Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

I haven’t posted many wildlife photos lately so I’ll use this opportunity to highlight an animal that depends on its endurance to thrive – the African Hyena.  Hyenas are not the fastest, strongest, or  stealthiest predator out there  – but they are one of the most successful.  During our trip to Africa this winter, we got to watch these under-rated hunters in action on several occasions.

Confident Hunter

Confident Hunter

The first Hyena we saw was in Uganda – it walked right by our vehicle in the early morning and was not at all concerned with our presence.  We then watched it and several of its friends try to corner a group of Kob.  This photo shows one of the Hyenas in hot pursuit of the herd.  While we did not witness the end game of this encounter it was obvious that the Hyenas were just wearing down the Antelopes until they could get a shot at a weak one.

Danger closing in....

Danger closing in….

When we got to Tanzania, we saw an entirely different tactic, a single Hyena going after a small family group of gazelles.  It locked in on one of the babies, and despite the best efforts of the parents to protect it, just waited until the young one tired out and finally made its kill.

Endurance wins out

Endurance wins out

I’ll spare you the graphic final moment of the encounter – you get the point.

I’ll end with one last interesting Hyena photo.  On our last morning in Tanzania, a group of six Hyena surrounded our vehicle and wouldn’t leave – they circled the car and examined us all very closely.  I took this photo out of our top hatch so that you can see how close they were and the attention they were giving us.

Endurance - Is he trying to wait us out?

Endurance – Is he trying to wait us out?

When we finally drove off – they ran after the truck for quite some time…..not sure what we would have done if they followed us to the airport…..


8 responses

  1. wow kewl stuff 🙂

    September 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    • Thanks Q – fun to watch them run – as long as you aren’t the prey!

      September 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

  2. Beautiful shots.

    September 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

    • Thanks Colline – an amazing animal that doesn’t get much good press 🙂

      September 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

  3. Scott, I really enjoyed the narration and that third, action photo is great.


    September 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    • Thanks Janet. The shot I have that follows that one is also a big part of the story but it is not for the squeamish…..

      September 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

      • I imagine not, but it’s real life.

        September 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

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