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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Me Skarabee » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:23 pm

On 8 August 2011, close to Berg en Dal, we spotted a herd of buffalo - not a big herd - may be about 200, And amongst them was this "albino". I also wondered, how old could this one be - it seems to survive well? Can one make an estimate by looking at the thickness of the horns?

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I searched this thread re buffalo, from page one to see whether this one was 'recorded' or mentioned by anyone. But have not seen anything. I have noticed photos of albino young ones (Jun 2007 and Apr 2008) were posted, as well as a photo of an adult, Oct 2008.

In my TR (SOUTH KNP TALK SHOW HOSTED BY NATURE: Part 2) there are more photos on this animal - the area around the eyes and the tongue can be seen, unfortunately not the tail.
TR: SOUTH KNP TALK SHOW HOSTED BY NATURE - Aug 11
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:09 pm

Ms Skarabee,
If I look at the horns it looks quite old? Real albino if I look at the pink nose and eyes!!! Good photos..also those in your TR :D

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:02 pm

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby adw » Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:08 pm

Dyuring my Sept trip I saw this buffalo on the H10 near Tshokwane. I know Ndloti has already posted a photo of this buffalo some months ago. Looking at this photo is it a cow or bull? At first I thought it was a bull, but now on closer inspection I think it is a cow!

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Me Skarabee » Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:12 pm

I like this thread - "spot the difference". of horn styles Never looked at it purposefully before spotting this websight.

... In this case, looking at the shape of the "head dress", I think it is a cow she let her hair down --- sort of :)
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TR: SOUTH KNP TALK SHOW HOSTED BY NATURE - Aug 11
TR: Leaves and Grass - and animals too - Apr 12
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:52 pm

Hi all buffalo aficionados,

By now you all know my fascination with big horn buffalo.

To illustrate my estimate method I am posting the below photo of a five year old buffalo bull whose horns were measured at 50” before the game auction where he was sold for a new all-out record price.

On this photo it can be seen that each horn extends close to one ear length beyond the ear’s tip – so this can be used as a reliable indicator of size when it comes to buffalo horn width.

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This is a digital copy of a photo that was published on the front page of BEELD news paper on 27-09-2011 and from the caption it can be seen that it was originally published in LANDBOUWEEKBLAD magazine.

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:05 pm

Saw this big fella up at Shingwedzi last week.

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby okie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Beautiful Flutterby :thumbs_up: It's not just the ellies that are big up north :hmz:
Saw this guy near Punda last month :D

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:31 pm

It seems to me the Buffs in central and Northern Kruger are larger than the South :)
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Ranred » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:35 pm

On the S142, south-east of the Notomeni Pan (I stand to be corrected on the precise location) we were very privileged to witness a fight between 2 old buffalo bulls. The fight lasted all of about 10 minutes, all within 5-10m of the road. It was astonishing to not only hear but also at times feel the impacts during the fight. More astonishing still was the sight of the one bull (who ended up being the victor) flipping the other buffalo completely over onto its back! Unfortunately the pics of this did not come out well at all. Both bulls walked away with various injuries, the victor having received a horn slash just under his left eye. It was a sighting that will definitely not be easily forgotten. This happened on the 9th of April this year. Here are a small amount of pics from the fight:

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Roan » Sun May 13, 2012 4:53 pm

Great sighting Ranred! :clap:
Yep! these big old brutes have that look in their eye like you owe them money 8)
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby okie » Tue May 15, 2012 3:53 pm

I love buffalo's , they are so much like cows , curious , enquisitive etc .

Saw this big guy with a serious pair of horns at Klopperfontein last month .

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 7:40 pm

A photo of a buffalo in the Sabie river close to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 7:43 pm

A photo of a buffalo in the Sabie river close to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. On the tail of the buffalo there is an injury probably caused by lions.

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Between 6 and 9 out of 20 buffalo calfs reach adulthood.
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby okie » Wed May 16, 2012 8:15 pm

Crouch , touch , pause ........


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