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 Post subject: Kruger animals in action!
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:34 pm 
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Hi,

We were wondering how many people actually saw animals in Kruger in action... meaning observing a successful hunt, Hyeanas and lions fighting over a kill etc.
We saw two lions on 1 July 2008 at 9:30am trying to hunt impalas in the tar road(H4-2), 2km outside LS camp. They were unsuccessful :redface:
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(Seconds before the chase!)

Would like to hear your stories, where it happened in the park and pictures if possible :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:02 pm 
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Hi

We saw an impala killed by lions right in front of us on LS road.
Saw a lioness chase and pull down a buffalo also on LS road but on the other side of the river.
From our bungalow overlooking the river at Olifants, we saw lions chasing herds up and down but not successfull.
Heard lions kill a zebra in the early hours of the morning at Croc Bridge on the other side of the fence.

Not seen by me, but the family saw a pride of lions near Tamboti kill two baffalo right next to each other, one was being eaten while he was still standing, and the other (already dead) had her unborn calf pulled out by the lions.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger animals in action!
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Saw cheetah (3) kill an impala in Letaba river, right below where we were parked.
Lion kill a zebra at a waterhole between L/S and Tshokwane
Wilddog kill 2 impala about 1km from Croc Bridge - gruesome.

These sightings were seen over a period of years.


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Last year just outside Skukuza we were watching a pack of Wild dogs and they managed to flush an Impala and chased it, it leapt clean over a huge bush and then cleared the tar road in one leap and disappeared into the bush with the dogs in hot pursuit. :shock:
We never really found out whether they caught it or not, somehow don't think so and I have new respect for Impala, after that. :wink:

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:46 pm 
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Full cheetah kill for one.

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Brilliant thread!!! :clap: :clap:

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Wow! Now this has caught my attention... Glen, how nasty having the unborn calf pulled out of her! :shock: Wouldn't like to see that.

The closest I've seen was a leopard chasing an impala down the road (they came from out of nowhere) impala slipped and landed under our car (a Volkswagen Combi). The leopard stopped, watched a while and then the impala scattered off into the bush. Happened so quick, we didn't know what the hell was going on. I was too young to tell you what road we were travelling.

Second was we saw a lion stalking a gnu. Sat for over an hour watching her move closer and closer, the gnu oblvious to her presence. After over an hour, she just got up an walked away. :big_eyes: The gnu then saw her and made a dash...

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Wow Scipio!!!!!!!Now thats what I call a GREAT fhoto!!!!!! :clap: Im always on the lookout for some action, seen some stalking, but thats about it! Some time ago at Balule, saw a Kite trying to get hold of a baby impala (only a few days old) it was so small and hiding between its moms legs...they were so distressed :roll: . Although i was excited about what was going on, my motherly instinct took over and a few loud coughs did the trick...till this day my SO holds it against me....what can a girl do, if you have to cough, you have to cough!!!??? hmmmmmmm :D

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Lake Panic - Gabar Goshawk attacking a weaver caught by its leg in nesting material. Photos were up somewhere, not sure where or if the thread's still there. Olifants Camp - Lions stalking impalas but missing the kill. That was from the camp viewing deck. Too far and too quick for decent photos. Satara - hyenas fighting over food thrown over the fence by campers. Salitje Road - Shikra missing an unsuspecting ground squirrel by millimetres. Again so quick we didn't have time to react.


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Satara - hyenas fighting over food thrown over the fence by campers.


I suppose those brain dead idiots who threw the food over had a good laugh. :sniper:


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Glen79 wrote:
I suppose those brain dead idiots who threw the food over had a good laugh.

When we got to the fence the guilty guy was saying 'If I didn't throw over the leftovers you wouldn't have seen that.' :evil: He was being berated by another camper.


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WOW :big_eyes: Scipio what a awesome photo :clap: :clap:
We have witnessed lion, leopard, hyena and wild dogs make kills but have never seen a cheetah make a kill! how lucky were you :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Hi folks
2007 south of Lower Sabie on the tar, saw 2 cheetahs in turns chasing a hyena. We watched them for about 30 mins. Also in 2005 saw a slender mongoose jump out and kill a dove just south of Timbervati. 1995, north of Nkumbe saw three cheetahs chase a steenbok unsuccessfully. The cheetah were fast but the steenbok had a better side step!

I know this isn't the Kruger but in the Kalgadi in a dry riverbed a cheetah was walking and suddenly stopped under a tree and stared hard - in the far distance 5 springbok were walking towards it. It took half an hour for them to reach the cheetah. They walked straight past it and at no time did the cheetah try to hide. The minute they were past the cheetah and had their backs to it, the cheetah charged. The cheetah must have run for 100m before the springbok realised it was there and it killed one 25m from the car!!! Ironically 15 mins later we saw a springbok being born!!
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Must have been awesome! And welcome to the forums Keith Thompson 8)


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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

Lion - prey, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, impala
Leopard - prey, impala, strange kills seen include baby giraffe, baby zebra, and a cheetah although the leopard didn't consume the whole thing.
Cheetah - prey, steenbuck, impala
Hyena - prey, impala, civet
Wild dog - prey, impala
Caracal - prey, francolin
Wild cat - prey, ground squirrel
Boomslang - prey, chameleon
Burchells coucal -prey, baby boomslang
Ground hornbill - prey, puff adder, baby vervet taken from its mother
Fish eagle - prey, Tiger fish
Crocodile - prey, Bushbuck, tiger fish
Cape clawless otter - bream (tilapia)
Secretary bird - prey, puffadder
Tawny eagle - prey, francolin
Martial eagle - prey, leguaan

There are more, but thought some of these would be of interest to all


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Without trying to sound arrogant, I have been blessed with so much animal interaction, I don't know where to start.
4 fish eagles fighting over a fish one had caught,
A Burchell's coucal killing a chameleon a foot in front of the Matambeni hide.
A white rhino chasing off a martial eagle from a waterhole,
Umpteen other kills, stalks, standoffs and chases.

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