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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 16 BC Diary -Forming a Coalition-
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Tjanssen,
Thanks for your comment !! I think we just had a lucky trip :) :)

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I am reading many comments about your luck with sightings. Following you TR for a while I think it is not just luck but something else. What it is I don't know but there must be something around you guiding you to the tight place. Well, we all benefit by your TR. Thanks a lot for sharing and I guess I speak by many of us. At least you make me feel happy with the stories and when I read your stories I feel like being next to you in KNP.
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 Post subject: A&E Story 17 BC Diary -Spotting Spots-
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*** NEW Stories ***
Like my previous TR’s, this is not going to be a day to day TR, but a series of stories about animals and special situations based on our last trip.

Story 17: BC Diary - Spotting Spots -

Welcome back to the Big Cat Diary stories,

After all the Lions it’s time again for your “reporter” to focus on the Spotted ones.
Like in the real Big Cats Diary series I will take you to some different locations following some of the Spotted Cats.

But before we start: It has been a bit quiet with the Big Tuskers on the forum - section Mammals >> Big Tuskers . If you have seen (Big) Tuskers during your trip please let me know. Maybe I can help with ID’ing the ones you have seen and possibly you can help me and many other tuskermites with updates of the named or or to be named tuskers. You can be a great help to keep the tusker site up-to-date…. Thanks !!

Getting back to this story. The day we left Crocodile Bridge heading for Satara we found a nice male leopard (I showed him in story 10) near Lower Sabie. After Tshokwane I was just joking with Elly saying, we will see the leopard again we saw last year along the S86. So driving on and not thinking about it anymore we saw this junction to the S86. Giving a wink to Elly and saying…”here we go” with a big smile. Driving a few K’s on this loop I suddenly saw something in a tree, just near the road. Both looking and saying something like “Ohhhh My…..”

This is what we saw

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What a beauty

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Backlight was difficult and moving the car was no option with a leopard just above you. This one was looking out for “supper” so how much time do you get ?

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Next picture shows our right choice… the leopard was down in a few seconds. But we were lucky

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The leopard started to cross the road just in front of us and this time not running but walked slowly giving me a chance to make some pictures.

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So pretty to see the beautiful colours and spots just in front of your eyes, just for ourselves.

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The leopard disappeared in the high grass. We could follow the cat for some time but the pictures just show the head and back, not really worth to show here.

End of part I of this story.
As said your reporter will take you to some more locations with “Spots”

Part II
Closer to Satara (near junction with S126) we found this leopard.

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First moving from right to left. We thought he was going away but I think had forgot something and suddenly the leopard went back again so we could enjoy a bit longer of this beautiful cat. (First trips we did not see many of them, but during this trip I started to like them more and more….)

So moving back to place he came from

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And a last shot for this one

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End of part II of this story.
Part III: Now it’s time for another spotted cat. Your reporter moves quickly to another location , the S37 (Satara area turning right from the H6 a few K’s after Sweni Hide)

Imagine some unbelieve by us. After the sighting with the mother and 5 cubs along the S100 now another 3 cubs. We could just see the mother moving away at a distance, I guess she was going for catching “dinner” for her kids. The kids were hiding a bit but good enough to watch them for some time.

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Absolutely beautiful they are… and again a private sighting. S37 is not that busy (smileeee)

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The 3 cubs were moving all the time, unsure and looking all directions. It was really great to watch them.

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A cheetah mother says “stay here” to 3 kids and they stay …. Is this possible with 3 (human) kids ??

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A last picture of them before we move back to ….

End of part III and for this story.
Your reporter moves quickly to another place. Big Cats, many times you don’t see them and sometimes you’re lucky….

Part IV
Another location, a tree and a leopard sleeping but this leopard is not alone !

I think most sightings with a leopard are like this… on a branch and sleeping…

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But this time it’s different….
Mother is sleeping but alert

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Any idea ? She is looking down to see what happens

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This is the reason she looks down…. It’s her cub trying to climb the tree !

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Wowwwww…. What a chance… Not really a daily thing to see a leopard cub and then this one giving a nice show. Not hiding in the grass or behind mother but playing and posing. Elly and I looking at each other and without words something like “what a luck again” was to to be seen in our eyes.
What a view , leopard cub in the tree this way with a nice background…
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Climbing was not really going well so the cub went down again and after a last view the cub was not visible anymore, hiding in the grass between some branches.

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Mother was looking at her cub with a look like “what a lovely kid I have and it’s ok”

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Missing one thing ? Leopard in tree is 1, leopard with cub is 2 and leopard with cub and kill is 3 !

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In the mean time mother changed position and saying goodbye to her and the cub..

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Thanks for joining us again. “Playing reporter” for these BC Diary stories has become a big pleasure so it’s not the last one I think…..

Next…? Not a clue yet….

Regards
Aat & Elly


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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 17 BC Diary -Spotting Spots-
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all these spotted :shock: :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:

then :hmz: you saw almost all one can see in the park, what next :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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All these spotted ones make me :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Stunning sightings!

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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 17 BC Diary -Spotting Spots-
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aat next time when you are going to film Big Cat Diaries again I would like to be part of the filming crew, or I would be the one making food... Please take me along to your wonderous advetrues wiht you and ellie :pray:
Great spots and luck with all the babies :clap:

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Spotted beauties are always stunning :thumbs_up:

I am so happy for you that you saw so many of them during your trip, Aat :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Especially the cheetahs and the leopard mom and her cub are very special moments and I am honoured that you shared them with us :popcorn:


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Hi anne-marie,
I must admit :wink: we have been very lucky with the cats and many other species :) :)
I'll keep one very special sighting (best one to our opinion) for last story :whistle: :whistle:

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all these spotted :shock: :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:

then :hmz: you saw almost all one can see in the park, what next :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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:clap: :clap: :clap: Aat what wonderful leopard sightings you had, thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Cape of Storms,
At the end of our trip I was covered with spots. Every day when I was looking in the mirror I found a few more.... :lol: :lol: :lol: Some people even started to make pics of me :whistle: :whistle:

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All these spotted ones make me :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Stunning sightings!

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Heksie, All well with you I hope :gflower:
Depends very much on your "cooking skills" :whistle: :whistle: Sure, you are very welcome to join us. :wink: :wink:

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aat next time when you are going to film Big Cat Diaries again I would like to be part of the filming crew, or I would be the one making food... Please take me along to your wonderous advetrues wiht you and ellie :pray:
Great spots and luck with all the babies :clap:

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Aat and Elly, having read a myriad of your stories I am convinced that you order your menu daily and then, with a wink and a chuckle, you make it happen. :dance: :dance: :D :D :popcorn: :gflower: Wonderful leopard and cheetah pics. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Always a pleasure to read your emotional, yet light-hearted, commentary. 8) 8)

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Wonderful reporting with some awesome photographic proof!!!!!!!!!!!

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Topnotch :cam: Aat!!
What super sightings of the spotted ones :mrgreen: :thumbs_up:

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Hopefully not CHICKEN POX but CHEETAH SPOTS! 8)

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Hi Pumbaa,
Thanks and it is a real pleasure to share all these beauties with all. I hope it will attract others to go to kruger and enjoy all these great species and ... we all have a chance to see them.
Don't forget to send some pics of the tusker to me :) :)

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Spotted beauties are always stunning :thumbs_up:

I am so happy for you that you saw so many of them during your trip, Aat :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Especially the cheetahs and the leopard mom and her cub are very special moments and I am honoured that you shared them with us :popcorn:

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