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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:57 am 
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wow Zolbol, superbe :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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What a lovely picture, Zolbol :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Great sighting :mrgreen: :mrgreen: and wonderful pic :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Zolbol - wow!!! I saw the pic in the "Zululand Observer", our local newspaper, and wondered who the lucky person was :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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My wife and I had a sighting in our last trip to kruger. It had me breathless. we were behind a series of cars about 100 metres ahead of us, when something came to sit between us. The guys in front did not see her at all. It was a mother and kitten. Managed to get a few photos but not brilliant so I have not thought a lot about them. But now that I see how hard it is to see them I thought when I get home from this Kruger trip I had better pull them out again and post them

I must admit when photographing them I was shaking with excitment which probably limited the excellence of the photographs But they did not disappear totally from sight for a few minutes

I have one week in Kruger from tomorrow Hope I see them tomorrow

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Otterspotter, no matter the quality, caracal is caracal! Would love to see the best ones. :pray: Have an amazing week ... :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Every day in Kruger is magical to us whether we see a butterfly all day or the Big 5...
But on one occasion we had such a stunning day I have to notch it up as my best day in Kruger ever.

The highlight of the day for us was late afternoon drive back to Balule camp we came across a particularly noisy family of Francolins along side the road.

My fiancé ever the eagle eyed self proclaimed bush tracker stopped to see what the fuss was about and to our absolute shock saw a huge caracal, with the obviously threatened Francolins running around it.

Before i could even see what happened the caracal grabbed one and then walked off into the bush with the francolin in its mouth.

He then stopped a few metres in and proceed to devour the whole bird whilst the now really pee’d off family squabbled around him – trying to recover their family member ??? :lol:

I managed to get a few pics, but not the best quality as it was with one of those al chepo’ 1st edition digital cameras

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But an amazing sighting we will NEVER forget and the only caracal we’ve been lucky enough to see in the park

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Leighvlasso, fantastic stuff! :mrgreen: What a thing to see. :dance: :dance: I suppose it is a teeny bit sad seeing a bird alive and enjoying Kruger one moment, and the next being eaten! I've actually heard that Caracal are sometimes spotted around Balule, so you were the lucky one that day. :thumbs_up:

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I'd heard about caracal near Balule but never been this lucky! What an amazing experience that must have been!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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I've been really lucky with Caracals! Several in KTP and Addo on night drives and a few good daytime sightings as well, but this is BY FAR the most special.

These were taken on my very last night in South Africa in August. I had wanted to spend my last day at WCNP doing some birdwatching (which was awesome btw).

By 4pm the weather had turned and it started to rain heavily, so we decided it was time to go. About 1km before the gate, my friend in the backseat yells 'stop! it's one of those cats!' I hadn't seen anything.

I threw the car into reverse expecting to scare away anything that might have been there. All of my caracal sightings have been very brief and they disappear so quickly!

This one was happy to hang around for almost 15 minutes before it got up and calmly walked away over the dune. I couldn't believe it! :dance:

The photos aren't great because it was very dark and rainy, but this was an experience i'll never forget and the best going-away present South Africa ever could have given me.

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WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!! :mrgreen: Moose what a terrific sighting and magnificent pic's :clap: :clap: :clap:

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:dance: Moose.... what a chance... the last day :clap:
superbe, thanks for sharing :D

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Seen at Marakele on Sunday :D

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Magical JJ :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Awesome, JJ! :clap: :clap: :clap: What an amazing sighting! Guess that will double the number of visits to that park ... :lol:

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