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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Nico » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:42 am

The Brave Honey Badger. We saw several Honey Badgers in Kgalagadi and I have put the best parts in this video. :wink:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKBsjyBhHU[/video]

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:54 pm

You and Yvonne do always have such awesome sightings :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

This honey badger video is do die for :clap: :thumbs_up:

Thank you 8)

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Nico » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:39 am

Thanks guys. It was great to film the Honey Badgers. We saw more than 7 of them in KTP. That is the result of driving slowly through the park. :wink:

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Leeukos » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:56 pm

I was driving on the H10 from Onder Sabie to Tshokwane on 2010/09/15 when I saw a pair of Honey Badgers in the field. They were running and I managed to take these photos.

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:57 pm

what a chance :clap:
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:44 am

I have done some online research (google & wikipedia :lol: ) and found the following African Myth about the Honey Badger:

“… The honey badger is prominent in African myth. In one legend God created a contest between a honey badger and a pangolin to deem who would be allowed to eat honey. The honey badger poured honey from a pot on the sleeping pangolin. He then led the honey trail to a nest of ants. The ants stung the sleeping pangolin causing his skin to become tough and scaly. The creator deemed from then on that pangolin would eat ants and that honey badger would be allowed to feast on honey. …”

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:53 am

Beautiful sighting and pics Leeukos :clap: :clap: ..and an interesting myth, havn't heard it before :thumbs_up:
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby sandeep » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:03 am

Hi

Saw this one digging into a hole and then looking around just long enough for me to get a few snaps before it decided it had posed enough. This was on the S90 just before the turn off for S41 while driving from Olifants to Satara in early Dec.

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I saw another one on the same trip while driving to Mopani on the S 49, but this one was a quick glimpse before it trotted off. Of course the famous one at Satara provided a fair bit of entertainment while emptying out the bins :).

One always feels priviliged, blessed and very lucky to catch a few moments with these guys in the wild.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:32 am

sandeep wrote:One always feels priviliged, blessed and very lucky to catch a few moments with these guys in the wild.


Very true! And to see two in one trip is fabulous :dance: :mrgreen:
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby sandeep » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:59 am

Thanks for the comments

I guess it must have been about 1 o clock in the afternoon, and I just drove past and noticed the slight movement in the grass, so backed up and really couldn't quite believe my luck :).
And yes, like I said it was digging into a hole so had the mud on its head. I waited around for some time even after this guy went off in the hope that the area around the hole would yield some more surprises, but I guess I had already had my share of luck.
And would you believe that the next day we spotted a serval in the middle of the afternoon - sun beating down and just when you think you must be crazy or plain stupid to be driving around at this time, you see something like this.... Will try to figure out where to post the pics of the serval - the only time I have seen one at KNP.
Yes, the lesser spotted creatures are always special and you hold these pics dearly :)

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby BenzoV » Thu May 05, 2011 9:48 pm

Since childhood I have always loved honey badgers.

We saw some on both of our last two trips. One sighting was what I suppose was a mother and a cub, just a few km east of Orpen, but quite far into some open veld.
The second was in the Satara region, on one of the back roads. We were very lucky as we were cruising along very slowly and the badger just appeared out of nowhere, wanting to cross the road, but as soon as it saw our car, it changed direction and came straight for the car, with absolutely no sign of fear at all. I was a bit nervous that it would decide that one of my tires will be a fantastic afternoon snack, but it soon lost interest and disappeared into the grass across the road.
It was only after these sightings that I read that there are people who have been going to Kruger for years and years and never seen one and would give almost anything to have that privilege. This made me realise how special these sightings really are, and I'm very grateful for them.

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Safarigirl » Mon May 23, 2011 2:42 pm

Wow - you all have so many excellent and close-up honey badger pics! Thanks so much for sharing! :clap:

We did see 2 honey badgers on our Christmas 2007 trip to Kgalagadi, at a waterhole north of Nossob in the late afternoon, quite far away though and a bit blurry, but still a honey badger sighting:
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Will be looking out for a honey badger on our upcoming Kruger trip! :)
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby brendon111 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:13 pm

HEY , thought i will tell you this, this very morning me and my dad were sitting at 5:30am just out side our bungalow at satara that is located right next the fence! I heard a russling noise behind me. As i turn around i see not one, not two, but three honey badgers four/five feet away from me! I do not no who got the bigger fright me or the badger! After he jumpes back in fright he gave us a few seconds of a rather ugly growl and snarl while the two slightly smaller badgers made a dash for the fence before catching up too them agian, it is a pitty i could not get any :cam: :cam: but it all happened so fast and i didn't even want to move with him snarly at me so close! It was really an amazing start to the day that lead to the end of our five day trip! :P

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:21 am

Brendon. Those are the "Satara" badgers as we (the family) named them. During June (2011) a badger would come from the camping area and visit each dustbin amongst the bungalows. He/She is quite tame but easily snarls when you get too near! Unfortunately I also do not have any pics. Next time I'll be ready.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby normana53 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:01 pm

We have seen 4 HB outside of the camps while in Kruger. First time was in September of 2009. We watched and filmed a pair of Honey Badger digging a hole just off the Tropic of Capricorn loop for over half an hour. [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToQXhy90vqY[/video] We saw a second HB a few days later on the S40 while driving to the Timbavati picnic area. Toricat made me reverse the car for about a km so she could watch him trotting in the opposite direction. Our last sighting was last year near Malelane Gate on the S114. We feel very fortunate to have seen so many Honey Badgers they are wonderful little characters.
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