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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:22 pm

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby G@mespotter » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:20 pm

My recent trip, we came upon our elusive friend along the s106 close to Orpen. Spend 20 min with him :thumbs_up:

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby adw » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:47 pm

G@mespotter, I am :mrgreen: with envy. Great shots of a fantastic sighting :clap: :clap:
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:23 pm

20 minutes :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I would give 20 lion sightings for 20 seconds :D
Marvellous sighting and fantastic pics :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:40 am

Thanks guys, it's all about the right time @ the right place. This was our second caracal sighting of the holiday, as we had seen one earlier close to Mopanie. I was over the moon then, untill we came across this one... :lol: Amazingly enough, initially we found him in the morning, and just before we headed to camp that afternoon we found him again at the exact same spot. And that with 2 other cars around.

Only afterwards when I looked at the 40 pics taken of this special cat, did I see he gave us 'the yawn'. So privileged to have experienced it. According to the new Kruger map by Andi and Lorainne Tinker, Caracal are frequently seen near Orpen.
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Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:45 pm

We saw this beauty near Malelane, (not anywhere near to Timfenheni.


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Re: Caracal

Unread postby ralph and lenny » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:23 pm

Has anyone seen any caracal lately?
Are they regularly seen in certain areas?
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:29 pm

yes... in Kgalagadi :dance: ... with a Bat Eared Fox in the jaw... :(
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:44 pm

On the way back from Postberg 2 weeks back, saw this guy during the late afternoon...no great pic but he was 1 of 2 on my way out. Saw another last weekend. My total Caracal sightings for West Coast National Park this year comes to 9 in sightings.
All in WCNP:

total for 2010: 15 caracals in 14 sightings
total for 2009: 19 caracals in 15 sighting

Some are same animals I am sure but many have been big distances apart and a couple of sightings have been females with babies and one or two sightings of just babies left temporarily unattended.


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If you want to see Caracals go to WCNP....theyre all over the place, you just got to spot them!! It becomes easy when you know what you are looking for.

@ Malalea Caracals may have nocturnal habits in some areas but dont quote what a book says as in the same way you find leopards during all hours of the day, so will you find caracals. They show preference to being active from 2 hours before sunset from my observations and even in KNP seen during daylight hours. Seen them active in the middle of the day near Windhoek too.

Augrabies Falls campsite had 2 that used to be mostly nocturnal and I remember they came right up to one.

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby saraf » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:25 am

Spotted recently in Bontebok NP.

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:16 pm

Beautiful 8)

They really are so elusive. I have only seen once in Kruger and my hands were shaking so much I hardly got a picture.
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby ossendryver » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:54 pm

Spotted yesterday on the S8 just outside of Pretoriuskop
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:16 am

:thumbs_up: ossendryver and :clap: to Jean
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon May 20, 2013 5:00 pm

during my last travel, I had 2 Caracal's sightings :dance: :dance: :dance:

the first one for few minutes

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon May 20, 2013 5:06 pm

the second... for several hours :dance: :dance: :dance:

what a chance, what a sighting and nearly alone, too much rain for other people :lol:

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Image what sharpened claws :shock:

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she has put down a Steenbok :clap: :clap: :clap: little cat
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