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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:41 am 
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Hi Sandy, photos would be great!


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

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
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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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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
Unread postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
Unread postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
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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

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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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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
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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.

Magnificent!

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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
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Interesting behaviour :hmz: , great pics Sandy :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole
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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:24 pm 
This female with horns between Lower Sabie and Skukuza! :shock:

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By Carine Scheun on the sightings gallery.


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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Nyala
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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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