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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:51 am 
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Hi JJ

Your pics are a bit far but it is a Black rhino.The most obvious way to distinguish the 2 from that distance is the neck or the position of the head!In your pics the rhino's head is much higher up where a white rhino's head would have been much closer to the ground.BR-browzer WR-grazer

You said it was very skittish!Thats another sign coz black rhino's are more aggressive and very shy and they dont stick around as long as a white rhino!

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I agree with B5S....looks like a Black Rhino due to high neck bone. Also, 2nd picture confirms it when you look at the position of the front horn, it's almost if he keeps his head up much more straigh. Maybe if you mention the area, it's another strong indication. The thick vegetaion is also helping here :wink:

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Yes, Black Rhino it is the Tail you talked about is also a give away! The White Rhino curls its tail when alarmed the Black rhino's is held straight! :clap: Great sighting and I've heard of quite a few people seeing Black Rhinos on the H10


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I was wondering if anyone can help me id these bats which i saw in Skukuza rest camp. Thanks in advance!

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Ok, sorry for the late reply havent been on the forums in ages! :redface:

these bats in the bat house are Angolan Free tailed bats (Mops condylurus) in your first photo you can clearly see the white underbelly which is diagnostic of this species.

the bats flying out of the letaba bridge are also probaley Angolan Free tailed bats but they could also be Little Free tailed bats. i would think a mixture of both as i have recorded angolan on the letaba bridge before but i have heard of little free tailed being present aswell.

Aussie Ranger- it may look like a slit faced bat because the bat in the photo has its mouth open which may couse it to look like a slit in the photo but slit faced bats normally roost in caves and not bat houses. bat houses are genrally built for the crevice dwelling species :wink:

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I have posted this pic of Rhino on the blog last night, which I think is a Black Rhino...please can anyone confirm this, or tell me that Im wrong?
Seen on the S114 close to BnDal...the behaviour was very different to a white rhino and I have seen so many that this one immediately grabbed me as different!

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:thumbs_up: Black Rhino! :clap:


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Thanks BGS, it was SO's birthday present and I got really worried when someone asked if I was sure? Thats what is s great about this Forum!!

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Just for you Tom, a serval caught on cam by Melph.

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This could be anything!

It has a cat-like posture though

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Hi tom
Its a serval that sleak posture and ears and if you look closely the shortish tail give it away.AWC will be even smaller and think its to sleak for a caracal.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:05 pm 
Ja, ironically the serval was at Satara last night too! :shock:

Similar posture and size.

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Southern or mountain reedbuck? Seen just north of Lower Sabie on the H10.

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Looks like a Mountain Reedbuck to me :thumbs_up: Nice pic :thumbs_up:

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Thanks, Mike. I had to reload the previous pic because Tinypic chopped of his legs. :evil:

Here is a side view - pic isn't very clear though. This one shows a dark patch under its ear which makes me think its a mountain reedbuck.

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