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KUDU

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:23 pm

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It is facinating that a Kudu Bull can see its own horn tips by looking right through the symetrical curls. This photo which I took in Addo this morning clearly illustrates this
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East Cape Kudu

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:16 pm

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The East Cape Kudu is now considered a different sub species to those found in Kruger. They have generally shorter horns although their body weight is very similar. They are darker in colour and have lovely beards and some really mature bulls grow a nice mantle of hair around their neck.

The bull in the picture was taken this morning at Addo and shows this young bulls beard already prominent.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:20 pm

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I came across this Bull on the Mpunzi Loop, Addo this morning and he looks like a typical Kruger Kudu!! unlike the typical East Cape variety!!

{Edit by DQ: These photo's were way to large (a total of almost 18 Mb) so I placed leaner ones. The originals can be found here: Photo 1, Photo 2 and Photo 3}
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Unread postby bert » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:01 pm

Kudu at the mahonie loop in 2005
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:59 pm

This young Kudu was such a poser! He seemed to love the camera. One day he will be a BIG Addo boy.
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Unread postby Boulder » Sat Nov 11, 2006 2:28 pm

Run Kudu Run
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:14 pm

Really lovely, Boulder.
When I was at Tambotie in August, I saw some lovely Kudu behaviour.
I was sitting in my tent, overlooking a river bed. Suddenly a group of young Kudu burst through the undergrowth and spent the next half hour "playing tag".
They would disappear into the bushes, appear at another point, and then tear along the dry river bank. They would then turn around and repeat the performance.
I wonder if anyone else has seen this type of play in buck.
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Unread postby Boulder » Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:36 pm

Kudu can really jump. I have seen them jump 2m high game fences without a run up!!
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Unread postby Boulder » Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:36 pm

Kudu Bulls feeding on Schotia Affra (Karoo Boer Boon) typical Valley Bushveld
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Unread postby Boulder » Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:58 pm

A Monster East Cape Kudu..a real "Snorter"
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Unread postby Boulder » Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:33 pm

macho mouse wrote:I just love those white tails. :wink:
What is it about a cute bum 8)
There is nothing cuter than a kudu white tail :!:


MM you mean like this?

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Unread postby Boulder » Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:41 pm

Today's Addo Snorter
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White Kudu Bull

Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:12 pm

Hallo all

Who has ever seen this magnificent animal ?

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We used to see him during the late 70s and early 80's on the S35. As many people now have Duke on their list we had him on our the list. We normally saw him near Tshokwane.

Lets hear from the old timers.

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Unread postby bucky » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:39 am

Yes , we have seen a kudu bull like that , and a white impala also .

I will have to scratch through thousand of old photos to get it out though :lol:

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Re: White Kudu Bull

Unread postby Toddelelfe » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:42 pm

The chance to see him again is very low. My field guide says, kudu goes to an age +/- of 14 years.
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