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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:41 am

Hi Sandy, photos would be great!

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:30 am

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Kamadejo » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:35 am

WOW G@mespotter, that's a beautiful male :clap: :clap:
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:54 am

They were actually seen at Orpen webcam!
This is a first time I have ever heard of them in this area, does anyone else hear of them so far from the north or south?
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:05 pm

Have seen them along the Salitje loop (s30) a few km's from Sabie bridge, 4 or 5 together. Also along the Skuks-Tshokwane road (H1-2). This is as south as I have seen them.

But someone might just have seen them further south...
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby adw » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:34 pm

This bull was photographed on the S86 (off the H1-3) in August 2008.
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I have also seen 2 females on the corner of the S41 and H6 (near the Nwanedzi Picnic Spot)
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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby sandy » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:33 pm

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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:36 pm

Nice!

I reckon they'll move this to the Nyala thread soon! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:45 pm

DuQues wrote:They were actually seen at Orpen webcam!
This is a first time I have ever heard of them in this area, does anyone else hear of them so far from the north or south?


Thanks, Duques!

Nyala have never naturally ocurred much South of Olifants Camp in Kruger.

The southern ones along the Sabie river escaped from the adjacent Private reserves, and are doing fine!

I suspect that the Orpen bunch are a similar situation.

The other possibility is that nyala are slowly moving south along the Timbavati river, given the extended wet cycle over the last decade.

Doubt it, though, as no sightings have been made along the Southern part of said river that I know of!

adw, the Tshokwane male would probably be from the Southern bunch.

No idea about the Nwanedzi one?! :big_eyes:

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:29 pm

I found a Nyala at Lake Panic a year or so ago, thought it was really odd and my family and I argued about it for ages. But we all ID'd it as a nyala. Really wierd so far south.

Heike Schutze, in the book Field Guide To The Mammals of the Kruger National Park says

small population densities occur along the Sabie River and Tshokwane/ Orpen Dam area.


The distribution map doesnt include the Lake Panic area, maybe the population is spreading? :hmz:
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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby bishop3006 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:11 pm

sandy, GREAT sighting and pics!! Since these are two bulls it is most definitely not a mating display, but a dominance display. How long did you watch this? If one is not intimidated by the other it may come to blows in the end, and that may be fatal to the loser, although it seldom is.

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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby Gunner » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:13 pm

Interesting behaviour :hmz: , great pics Sandy :thumbs_up:

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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby sandy » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:51 pm

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your comments. The first one came out of the bush and down to the waterhole, and about 10 minutes later the second one appeared and that is when this "ritual" started. We watched them for about 45 mins and then they went their separate ways and started grazing. We thought it may be a display of dominance - possibly over a female, but it turned out just to be the two of them. It was actually quite a peaceful scene - although strange - but something we havent seen before. :hmz:

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:24 pm

This female with horns between Lower Sabie and Skukuza! :shock:

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby adw » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:15 pm

Interesting sighting RP.
Over the past year I have seen Nyala on the S125, S126 and about 4 years ago I even saw 2 females at the intersection of the H6 and S41. About 2 years ago I saw a male and female on the S86, the 4km loop just off the H1-3. They are certainly expanding their territory in Kruger.
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