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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:32 pm 
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Having the privelige of visiting Kruger for the past 14 years on a daily/weekly basis, so I have seen my fair share

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Ground hornbill - prey, puff adder, baby vervet taken from its mother
Fish eagle - prey, Tiger fish


As with all the rest, those two must have been amazing sightings!!! WOW! :big_eyes:


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Lake Panic - Gabar Goshawk attacking a weaver caught by its leg in nesting material.

Yep! And yes, the story seems to have gone to digital heaven, so...

You all know weavers, they look like this on the nest:

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Now you can see the dangers of all those 'ropes', if you don't watch out you get this effect...

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Now a smart thing to do! And when there are predators around you are in real trouble. And there was!

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So this is what happens..

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(The story ended well, the Shikra didn't get him, but I bet the birdie has some sore spots, and a slightly raised heartbeat!)

Oh, forgot... I saw a leopard kill, nicely close-up on a nightdrive, but that's such an old story.... :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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Wow those are amazing pics Du Ques!!!
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Leopard - prey, impala, strange kills seen include baby giraffe, baby zebra, and a cheetah although the leopard didn't consume the whole thing.




did you see the leopard kill the cheetah or just the eating of the meal??


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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I cant remember exactly what road this was on without looking at my map to refresh my memory but we were about 20km from afsaal.
we came accross a clearing and amazingly caught this Cheetah begin to chase this Impala, we drove along the road frantically trying to get the camera lens off and keep track of where the chase was heading, I dont think ive ever had such a rush of adrenilin :big_eyes:

Dragging his prize..
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He had a god 45 minutes to eat before the vultures became too many, so amazing seeing it all from start to finish.

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What incredible experiences :big_eyes:

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Fantastic shots and a brilliant sighting ... consider yourself privileged!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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you people are all so lucky, closed cat kills i've every seen ended up out of sight.

Nice pics everyone


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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I was there for the Cheetah Sighting as well :lol: Small World.........Sure this was by Kwagga's Pan!

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You are mosy probably right Rusty Justy, it was taken on the 3rd August 2008, does that sound familiar to you?

it was some sight was'nt it! :cam:

must not have seen your yellow ribbon, did you stay until the end and see everyone get out of their cars to push the jeep that had broken down?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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Sallyana, brilliant shots and what an experience! :big_eyes:

We once saw a pride of lions, just outside Orpen that had killed a baby buffalo, then the mom came back for it and also got killed, then another buffalo came looking and also got killed and her unborn pulled from her! There were dead buffaloes everywhere and lions all over... It was specatcular! I never thought lions could kill so many at one spot....

Victory was hers....
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Love all the stories.... :thumbs_up: Keep them coming!

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A recent kill, or one seen is definitely not for the feint-hearted or weak-stomached.

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wow maddie88, that must have been some sighting, what an experience it must have been to see more that one kill, but to see three buffalo taken down by lions in one day :big_eyes:
must have been gruesome to see the unborn calf.

i saw a lion kill at satara in august, missed the actual kill by a couple of hours but watched the lions eat the giraffe over three days, it must have taken ages for your lions to finish off three buffalo!!

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Sallyanna, this happened many years ago, I would guess about 6 years ago and we were the only car there. It was an awesome sight but strange at the same time! They had the two baby calfs under the tree,
(you can enlarge and count the feet...)

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In these days digital camera's were just about popping out so the previous photo was with a digital (hence so bright) and these were with a normal camera hence the poor quality.

Here's the other female.

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I'm not sure for how long they were there as we only saw this on our last night at Satara before heading North, so we never saw it again...

My folks also saw a giraffe kill when they were in Satara (S100) last October. They didn't see the actual kill, missed it by a few hours as well, but saw the feeding.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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I just returned from KNP on Friday after spending almost 2 weeks at BnD. We were extremely lucky regarding sightings, and on the 01/04/09 we were driving along the malelane-skukuza road about 2km from afsaal when we found 2 cheetah lying under a bush. All the normal grazers which are always in the area were also around as well as a white rhino. We probably spent more than an hour sitting with them when the rhino kept going closer to the cheetahs, no rush, walking slowly while feeding. When he got to about 20m from the bush he started to take notice, and it really seemed like he did not know the cheetahs were there( They made no effort in trying to hide ie. standing up walking to another piece of shade and back). He then walked behind the bush where we lost sight of him and then all of a sudden the 2 cheetahs came running from behind the bush with the rhino right behind them. It never looked like the rhino was going to catch them but the cheetahs did dissapear into the thicket after that.

It was definitly one of many highlights of the trip. I do have photo's but I have no idea how to post them(can't find anything in the help section). If somebody can point me in the right direction i'll try and post them.

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