A Steenbok?

Steenboksberg, 19 October 2018. Copyright 2018 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
Steenboksberg, taken exactly one year ago next Sunday, on 19 October 2018.

It is my custom on Sundays to venture out among the hills just before daylight. Twice now I have spotted on one of the hillsides an antelope browsing.

Though on both occasions it was too distant for an accurate identification, I believe it to be a female Steenbok1 (Raphicerus campestris)2.

I base this solely upon the general shape and colour of the creature—and the name of the nearby mountain, Steenboksberg3 (Steenbok’s Mountain)!

  1. Afrikaans for “stone-buck”, pronounced [steeyin-bok].
  2. Steenbok (Wikipedia)
  3. Afrikaans, pronounced [steeyin-boks-behRCH] with a trilled [RRR] and the [CH] in “loch” (not [ck] but the guttural [kccch]).

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