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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby jb72 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:56 am

We stayed at Tambotie for the first time this weekend, and lucky for us the locals were out in full force. 3 Sightings in 18 hours - good ratio... :D

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The beautiful male was at the waterhole at camp, but could not come closer due to a lion spending the day 50m from camp. :dance:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:44 am

Stunning sightings jb72, :clap:
whereabouts where the others seen? :D
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby jb72 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:00 pm

Thanks Elsa.
We saw a group of 5 females about halfway from the S36 turn-off to Tambotie (not sure what road it is) around mid-day. And then another group of about 7 females at the S36 junction late the evening.

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby bishop3006 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:18 am

(Mods, please remove if necessary - hope it isn't... :whistle: )

Maybe illegal to post, I'm not sure, since these were not IN Kruger, just very close. At least I know that I can't say where then... :twisted:

But the sable is a majestic animal, and to see them like this is truly amazing! (And THAT'S the reason I'm posting them.

Nice bull
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And a close-up
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I've read more than once that if you stand in front or to the side (obviously not behind where he can't really see you) and toss pebbles/sticks at a sable bull you'll never hit him. He parries them as they come, one by one, without missing a single one.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:47 pm

Its such a pity that Sable numbers have crashed in Kruger. Gemsbok can also parry stones etc...Talking of horns...every Kudu Bull can see the tips of their horns through their curls
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:39 am

Richprins wrote:
onewithnature wrote:There is that argument about which is the most beautiful buck - sable, kudu, or gemsbok. It's a close-run thing, but for me the sable is the most majestic.


Ja, onewithnature, that was the argument when the SANPARKS' logo was decided upon years back! :)

The Wildlife Society at that stage had a Sable emblem, otherwise I think maybe we would have had a different kettle of fish! :twisted:


Interesting information, richprins; thanks! But, you mean we could have had a fish as an emblem? :huh: Anyway, the kudu is on the R2 coin, and the gemsbok on the Northern Cape numberplate.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby bentley » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:23 pm

To give every one some hope of seeing a sable in KNP and that they do exist, here are some pics of a lonely one we saw in Nov 08. On route from Numbi gate towards Berg-en-dal
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Enjoy :wink:
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:55 am

Here is the sighting GP and I had on the S145 (Talamati towards Orpen). It started with a more or less normal sighting for Kruger, tons of branches and high grass in the way... But, this being a rare sighting you take photos anyway, even if it's a challenge...
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Not too shabby considering...
And then total panic! :shock: Some are crossing the road, and I'm settled on the wrong side of the car! Now will they all cross, or should I stay on my current side? Well, shoot one through the frontwindow, eventhough you know it's not going to be a great shot...
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Nope, more are crossing, throw the beanbag over to the other side, arms getting quite muscular throwing that 3 kilo around the whole time. :wink: Move over, position camera, and?
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Posing! She's actually posing, waiting for me to get the shot!
Followed by these:

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Wait a bit, I want to be on the photo with hubby!

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And bit the little one of course. Is he still taking photos? Hope he mails them to us...

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Okay little girl, I understand that pose, Click! Yep, you're looking good!

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And the last ones cross...

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What a sighting! Lets see, maybe if we can reposition the car to there we can get a few shots if they walk towards.. Hang on! What's this?

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Oh, yes I missed some of you, so you're coming back? 8)

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Yep, look well, I'm still photographing!
Wait for me!!!!

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And they are back between the branches and grass again....

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122 photos and 34 minutes later the sighting is past. Did you note the total absence of other cars?
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby bentley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:16 pm

:big_eyes: WOW DQ... :clap: :clap: , you got some nice pics in there. Now that is a great sighting...
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby AKadwa » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:46 pm

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: WOW!!!!! What amazing pics DQ!!! :clap: :clap:
That is an awesome sighting. :clap: :clap:
You should be honoured, only a special few people get to see sable, and I don't think I've ever heard of anybody with a sighting quite like that! :wink: :mrgreen:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:47 pm

A bit of Africana from CUSTOS 1978 - the operation took place in 1977 to move some Sable from the N'washitsumbe breeding camp between Punda and shingwedzi up to Pafuri, as they were overpopulated in the camp, and picking up a skin disease:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Mike1916 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:56 am

Thanks RP, interesting info :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Adansonia » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:45 pm

Saw a small herd of these magnificant antelope on the Shingwedzi - Mopani tar road on 6 July. :dance:

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It is always a privelage to see them!!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:56 pm

Great sightings Adansonia! :mrgreen:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread postby TheunsH » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:39 am

Beautiful pictures of the Sables everyone! :clap: :clap:

Herewith my photos.
This photo was taken on the H1-3 between Skukuza and Tshokwane where we saw 7 Sables during July 2009:
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At the Mondzweni dam on the S36 also during July 2009...18 Sables. My SO said it was 19!!
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The bull was magnificent:
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