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 Post subject: Re: Do you record all your sightings/impressions?
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:10 am 
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Thanks for the replies. It is interesting to hear how others note down their sightings and experiences. I just have a spiral bound notebook and note date, time of departure from camp, weather/temp and then note down each road number as we go and list sightings underneath and any interesting observations. We also have a bird and animal list which we check off at a later time. As I will be doing all the driving on our upcoming trip I'm relying on my young adult sons to do the recording - hmm.....

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 Post subject: Re: Do you record all your sightings/impressions?
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:33 am 
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almost everything gets recorded when we visit
Kruger, from time left to time returned, We even
have our provisional shopping list in the book(make
remarks regarding new 'items' we have tried). As well
as road #'s and sightings etc.
Next visit still to far away :wall:

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We don't make any notes...it sounds like work! :twisted:

We take photos and keep a mental note however! :thumbs_up:


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Aside from photos (with making sure the camera has been set to the correct date and time) I usually buy two mapbooks.
One is to be kept neat(ish), on the other I mark sightings and the panoramic photos I took. Especially for the latter that is extremely handy to find back where exactly it was.

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I only list the new birds i see each day
The special sightings will always be remembered 8)

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Always interesting to look back at observations :thumbs_up:
This is how my preditor count looks around satara. Have travelled the roads about equal amount of times. And have at one point or another given it the best times of the day :thumbs_up:



H7: 9 lion, 2 leopard, 1 wild dog, 4 jackal
H1-4: 4 lion, 5 jackal, 2 hyena
H1-3: 1lion, 1 leopard, 2 hyena
H6: 2lion, 2 jackal, 1hyena
s90: 2lion, 2jackal
s39: 2lion
s41: 1lion
s100: 1 jackal

the number indicates how many sightings of the preditor :wink:
Note the tar roads have given the most preditors. And the H7 is tops while s100 is sucking :whistle:

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I try to record everthing in a little notebook...weather, routes, sightings...but my notes can be a bit hard to decipher once we get home!!! :lol:

Bush Brat always gets a KNP Holiday Diary which is great. It has a diary for 7 days and each day has an animal check list, space to write in the birds we've seen, camps and picnic spots visited, routes taken, highlight of the day, spotter of the day and spot of the day, among other things. It even has a space for "Something new I learned to today" - makes him think about eveything he's seen and what he's learned!! It's great sitting at the fire at night filling it in and voting on the spotter and spot of the day!! :lol:

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It's great Cheetah! Don't know if you can see it properly but this was for a day during our 2009 trip:

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It's in all the Kruger shops (well, the last time we were there anyway) - Kruger National Park Holiday Diary. Yup...thay was a pretty good day! :whistle:

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:wall: I have been recording for years. I should have seen the marketing opportunity. :doh:

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I have always recorded my sightings onto a map, now I have an app on my phone which does it with GPS, much simpler.
Now I can view the sightings and filter the sightings according to the photos I have taken, was a little problematic before with the volume of pictures taken to remember them all.

Since I started recording my sightings, its amazing how much you actually see, even when you see 'nothing'.


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I keep record of each days sightings in a notebook ( for each trip its own book) with road number, time and what animal................if one of big 5 or scarce sighting how many of animal.

In the evening I write a "journal" of the day on the next page..............route done for day..........weather for day................and then what we saw where............obviously not the more common sightings.................then what we had for brunch and supper.............and then a list of how many of the big five and if some exciting things seen also in list at the bottom...........like eagle caught a monkey or herd of sable at bridge................

As said it is very interesting to go back and see how much you actually saw on those "slow days"..............and what animals you saw first in the mornings...............and how some days you don't see as much impalas as others............some days I write 3 pages ( 3 columns per page) and others not even one full page..................

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 Post subject: Re: Do you record all your sightings/impressions?
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My father has been going to the kruger since the 60's, this past july was his 112th trip.

he has literally recorded every single one of his sightings and has a record of how many of each species he has seen over the years eg: hyaena, lion, leopard, cheetah,wild dog.

he records the area where they were seen and captures pictures,even some past pictures in black and white.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you record all your sightings/impressions?
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Wow, 40+ years of recording information is a really valuable thing for historical records. As a biologist I suspect we don't make enough use of the wealth of info out there like this because the data hasn't been 'scientifically collected'....which is a great shame.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you record all your sightings/impressions?
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cheetah2111 wrote:
I use trip reports as a source of knowledge as to where to drive 8)


So, cheetah2111, will you be driving the S100 soon then - after reading my TR... :twisted: (sorry - just have to keep on going at you about this one...) :wink:

I don't really keep diary or record sightings. Keep photos and write a TR afterwards. We also tick off the bird and animal checklist of the park for each visit - and like comparing the list for the trip to previous visits. But if I listen to you guys - it sounds like it could be a lot of fun to record it a bit more precisely... :hmz:


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