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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Been a while but I'm back after being retrenched or as they put it "put on early retirement".

Saw this beautiful scar face near Talamati early one October afternoon recently.

He came walking straight towards us..................
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and then paused and posed for this shot (closest I've ever been at 5.3 meters)..........
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and a last shot before lying down on his side to rest.
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Magic with no other people around.


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Great sighting and photos to match Avon. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Some pics of a wonderful leopard sighting on the S114 this November:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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WOW. Great pics flying cheetah. Loved them

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Not strictly a SANParks sighting, but please forgive me mods as I just had to share this sighting with fellow nature-lovers. The link is to a photo taken by a friend on the same drive as me, but an infinitely better photographer. Allow me to set the scene.

A relatively quiet drive with general game (we missed a wild dog den by a matter of feet apparently) was interrupted by the alarm call of a vervet monkey. A brief foray located two beautiful leopards, male and female, with the female hiding a cub in the grass. The male was typical of his gender -
1. Full of testosterone, but having his advances ignored by his lady-friend
2. Overly protective of his freshly killed meal (kudu ewe)
3. Far too lazy for proper eating protocol (he dumped it at the bottom of a tree)

This guy was on the edge. And this is what happened....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maccattack2/6030673936/

He did this twice.

Just look at those eyes.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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That's a great pic Tom :dance: Those eyes really look not too friendly :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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On one of our game drives in Pilanesberg NP we found a beautiful male leopard hunting an impala. It took almost half an hour for the leopard to get close to the impala. And we were there just watching this beautiful cat. Take some time to see this video and please comment! I would appreciate...


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Stunning video and what a exciting sighting :clap: :clap:
I think this happens quite often in a leopards life...

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Sightings
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[url][/url]ImageAnd this is my trophy shot for the Satara area also on the S100

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 Post subject: Re: Satara Sightings
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Wow Bushchild that is amazing - what time of year was that? The light quality is striking and the bush looks golden!

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Here are a few memories of our stay in Phalaborwa at the end of last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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oups... this one with the Porcupine :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Radman wrote:
Siobain what a terrific photo you can just see he was not a happy chappy at that moment very well captured :clap: :clap:

Thanks Radman, this was actually one of the best sightings I have ever seen in the Park, this is actually a female leopard, she was with another female and a male leopard.

What made this so amazing is that the male leopard would mate with the one female, then the female on the rock would get off and he would mate with her as well. We were stunned to see this, as I have never heard of a male taking on two females during the same mating period, I wondered if the second female was the daughter as she was a lot younger, as the older female would hiss at her (as seen in the photo), but not fight with her. Needless to say, the male looked grumpy and tired.

It was very difficult to get a photo with all three of them, I have one but it's not a great shot, I'll add it later.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Wow what a sighting surely its packed in the memory bank forever LOL

As for the mating yes it does occur sometimes and yes my guess is that it may have been one of her offspring otherwise you surely would have seen a more aggressive leopard
Thanks for sharing :clap:

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