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 Post subject: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 3:05 pm 
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Having lived on the slopes of Table Mountain for most of my life I have had opportunity to see what sort of life is and isn't around. This thread will be an update of birds, mammals and anything of interest and will perhaps show the role TMNP is playing in protecting and therefore leading to an increase in animal populations.

Interestingly though, in 2010 I have seen more variety of large mammals than in the previous 20+ years of living in the area. So I thought perhaps I will keep those interested updated to the on goings of this National Park that does throw up the odd special sighting...even though there can be months between anything seen other than the common birds!

If anyone else has any sightings of interest...feel free to post the sightings here.
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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 3:37 pm 
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So on Tuesday evening at about 7pm after an evening run I drove back down from the cable station and just above Kloofnek Road junction saw eyes in the road...
and to my surprise a porcupine was crossing!
My first one ever in Cape Town!!!

But the list doesn't stop there...in Feb, again coming back along the same route but next to the cable station was a Female Spotted Genet with a baby scurrying away from the main parking area...also a first for me!

And a few weeks before that I saw a Cape Cobra on De Waal drive rearing up at my car...its was in the middle of the road and sadly had no chance. Later that day i saw that it had been squashed!

The Caracal sightings on the nek area of Kloofnek have been good and various friends have reported seeing an individual in this area all the way across to Signal Hill. Even somebody in our neighbourhood had their dogs chase one in their Garden! Sadly one seemed to have been killed by a car about 6 months back but as there still is one seen, it means their could be a population in the area!

Otherwise the (small grey) mongoose population is healthy and saw a couple of them running across Kloof Road about a month back!

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 3:51 pm 
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A nice initiative o-dog :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:30 pm 
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thanks for these reports o-dog, I have very recently moved to this part of the world and so am being very hopeful for some wildlife sightings close to home
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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:55 am 
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Hi, I saw your post and just had to reply :)

I posted a topic a while ago about a camera trap I set out around the Kirstenbosch area (last year). Although it was far from a comprehensive study/survey I thought that I’ll share my results over here:

Mammals:
Porcupine – 43 sightings
Gray Squirrel – 27 sightings
Large-Spotted Genet – 20 sightings
Small Grey Mongoose – 9 sightings
Vlei Rat – 4 sightings
Caracal – 3 sightings (saw many spoor and droppings also)
Reddish-Grey Musk Shrew – 3 sightings
Verreaux’s Mouse – 2 sightings
Four-Striped Grass Mouse – 1 sighting
Domestic Cat – 1 sighting

Birds (mostly very common species):
Olive Thrush – 4 sightings
Helmeted Guineafowl – 2 sightings
Cape Robin-Chat – 2 sightings
Red-eyed Dove – 1 sighting
Lemon Dove – 1 sighting

I put a lot of the photos, movies and information into my blog. If you find my old thread on this forum or Google for something like “caracal kirstenbosch” you should be able to get a link to the site for more info.

I’m sure there are still many more animals in Table Mountain NP, and even in the Kirstenbosch section. Maybe one day I’ll do another camera trapping session on Table Mountain and try to cover a larger section.

Sticking to the mountain I can add the following to the above list from firsthand experience:
A Baboon at Kirstenbosch (probably a dispersing male, I also saw him while driving through the Bishop’s Court suburb a few days later).

And "bigger" reptiles seem to count, so I'll add:
Two Cape Cobras next to the dirt road at Kirstenbosch (I see them frequently in the same area).
A couple of Tortoises at Kirstenbosch (not sure of species).

Interestingly I haven't seen any large herbivores (Grysbok, Duiker, even Tahrs), so I'm curious whether other people have seen any. I'm also not including the Dassies (Rock Hyrax) or the herbivores at the M3-N2 near Rhodes Memorial.

Looking forward to see what other people have seen :D
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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:32 am 
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Micetta, Robm :thumbs_up:

Kooning...what a great list that is and very interesting as it gives a great insight into the species diversity on the mountain. I think I have seen your blog before and seen some of the pics, great work you doing there :thumbs_up:

As far as other larger mammals go, my dad saw a Steenbok close to the round house about 10 years ago and family had another sighting off De Waal drive but have no idea what the status is of the antelope is these days.
I have also heard that the odd Tahr has been spotted since the culling.

Also about 10 years back there were Cape Foxes denning at Kirstenbosch and I saw a dead one at about the same time on Hospital Bend next to the Paddocks.
Also mentioned somewhere on this forum about a dead Striped Polecat seen off Roeland Street!!!! Also about 10 - 15 years back!
SO as you say there are definately more mammals around, we just have to find them!!

Last week I heard a Klaas's Cuckoo in the City Bowl. First time I have heard one in these parts in absolutely years. This cuckoo always seems to be present in the WC throughout winter.
The Ravens are spending a lot of time in the city bowl as well as well a flock of 6 Rameron (forget new name?) pigeons near the cable station and a variety of predatory birds (Black Sparrowhawk, Red Breasted Sparrowhawk, Pied Crow, Rock Kestrel, Jackal Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, African Goshawk and even Gymnogene).

I will definitely finalize my bird list for the area soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:58 am 
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Location: Heart - Grootkolk, Soul - KTP, Body - far too far south most of the time!
Birds(raptors) recently seen:

Cape point
Jackal buzzards
Black shouldered Kites
Rock kestrel
and a Marsh Harrier! :dance: (first sighting in a NP!)

Silvermine
Black Eagles
Rock Kestrel
African Goshawk
Black Sparrowhawk
Forrest Buzzard
and :dance: Booted Eagle!(also my first sighting in a NP!)

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:21 pm 
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wanderw wrote:
Birds(raptors) recently seen:

Cape point
Jackal buzzards
Black shouldered Kites
Rock kestrel
and a Marsh Harrier! :dance: (first sighting in a NP!)

Silvermine
Black Eagles
Rock Kestrel
African Goshawk
Black Sparrowhawk
Forrest Buzzard
and :dance: Booted Eagle!(also my first sighting in a NP!)


Wanderw :thumbs_up:

Exciting about your Booted Eagle report. We thought we may have seen one above the City Bowl a week ago so this makes it sound likely.
Also been a report of an Osprey at Signal Hill lookout at the end of the road but I wouldn't count it as an official sighting.

Otherwise I saw a nice Genet on the Chapman's Peak pass a month back and been some great Jackal Buzzard sightings.

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:16 am 
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@o-dog - concerning the Booted Eagles - We had a great sighting of a Booted eagle about 2 years ago in the Constantiaberg Medi-clinic area. At that time, another one was seen in the Wynberg area(perhaps same one?) And then last year, according to an experienced birder friend, 2 pairs of Booted Eagles nested in the Silvermine area, and one pair bred successfully!
So, hopefully we will now have a few more Booted Eagle sightings around CT and Table Mountain! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:47 pm 
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Will hopefully be hiking around the Silvermine trails in a months time. :dance:

What is likely to be about this time of year?? Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:50 am 
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@Sanpfan - I have not seen many mammals in the Silvermine section - just mice and mongoose (around the dam), and friends have seen Caracal while walking up to Elephant's Eye. Birds - look out for the Orange breasted sunbirds, Cape sugarbirds and good chance of you seeing the Black eagles if you do the following hike:

viewtopic.php?f=39&t=45838

I highly recommend this hike - fantastic views. Around the dam -you can see some Francolin, Egyptian Geese and perhaps a Commorant or two. And you might see a Booted eagle as well! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
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Thanks WanderW, I've been told we're doing Elephants Eye but not sure of anything else yet.

Robbie :thumbs_up:

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Abput a month ago we visited TMNP and we stayed at the eland family cottage. We saw the (resident?) herd of Bontebok and also a herd of eland, no pics of them unfortunately. The Bontebok were seen close to the cottages and we also saw 4 or 5 red hartebeest in that same area. The eland were close to the Buffelsfontein information centre. There we also saw 2 fullgrown ostriches and their young. Baboon were also prevalant. TMNP's animal situation is in good shape.
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 Post subject: Re: Table Mountain National Park (Animal) updates...
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:29 am 
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Hi,

I am so pleased to have heard of someone who has stayed at Eland cottage. We are going in December and I have been trying (without much luck) to find someone who had been and can tell me more about it.

Please can you tell me more about the accommodation and staying in the park?

You can pm me if this will detract from the thread.

Thanks,
Liora


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Has anyone seen berg adders on Table mountain?


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