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Unread postby marjorie » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:22 pm

Thank you Megan for all the beautiful lion photographs with the idenification names and markings. It will make our next visit so interesting not only finding the lions, but identifying them. You are a star.!! :clap: :dance:

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Unread postby C. O'Dee » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:55 pm

Gees, thanks a Mil Megan.

I think Lirritma's idea to print the pics and keep them in the camera bag is a great idea. :dance: I'm also gonna do this!

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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:13 am

Update on the lions:

Kalahari has been seen mating with Gina again. He has been hanging around with Gina and Kamkwa quite regularly lately. The three of them killed an adult male red hartebeest at the end of the week before last, with Gina making the actual kill before Kamkwa jumped in to help.

Nossob was at Carol's Rest this morning.
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Unread postby lirritma » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:25 am

Thanks Megan for the update. I AGAIN missed the lions this weekend. :( I sat at Carols Rest for about two hours yesterday because I heard from the guards at the South gate they were at Ghorah the day before. Also missed the sighting yesterday on the southern road - I searched for them there, but they must have found a spot to stay out of the sun.

Well now I have another reason to come to the park again :lol:

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Unread postby carolynn » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:18 pm

Saw a beautiful male lion about two km from the Addo Heights Gate on Friday at about 11.30am. Spent more than an hour there with him- have just returned from 2 weeks in Kruger and never saw anything like him there - a real stunner! Did anyone else on the forum see him - who was he? I have pics, but don't know how to post them. (simple instructions required!)
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:59 pm

lirritma wrote:Thanks Megan for the update. I AGAIN missed the lions this weekend. :( I sat at Carols Rest for about two hours yesterday because I heard from the guards at the South gate they were at Ghorah the day before. Also missed the sighting yesterday on the southern road - I searched for them there, but they must have found a spot to stay out of the sun.

:lol:

Ardlam and her cubs were at Carol's Rest last Wed...saw them walking off in the distance towards Gorah Concession. Later from Zuurkop with the Binos I scanned the plains to the right of Carol's Rest and saw a Gorah Cruiser parked next to a clump of bushes 1000 metres from C Rest and saw the lions sitting there...would have missed them at that distance if it was not for the Vehicle. Carol.... the big male around South gate soundslike Nossob as I got a phone call at home that he was there then...PM Dinkybird who will walk you through getting pics on...She's brilliant, very helpful and completely Computer literate :shock: :lol: Dying to see the pics

Interesting about Kalahari mating again as Bitterbal was mating Kamqua two weeks ago as well...lots of cubs on the way hopefully. After getting Megan's ID pics I realise my sighting in Dec at Hapoor in the rain was in fact Kalahari and Tsama and not the Senior boys...it was just the sheer size of Tsama now that threw me completely but my pics here on my computer clearly show the scar on his nose. Depending on how hard it rains I will be going on Wed or Thurs so will look Carol around Addo Heights again and at Gorah Camp when I drop stuff off
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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:09 am

Bitterbal and Nossob were at Spekboom hide waterhole yesterday morning. They must have passed Kalahari along the way, because he was in that area on Monday and the lion researcher picked up his collar's signal above Marion Baree that morning (the direction the other two had come from).

Gina and Kamqua were trying to catch warthogs this morning in an area of the park called Wayne's Valley, but didn't succeed.
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Unread postby lirritma » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:44 am

I like these sighting reports Megan. Thanks for your commitment. :clap:

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Unread postby Apple » Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:41 am

Where in the park is Wayne's Valley? :roll:
And who was Wayne?:hmz:
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Unread postby lirritma » Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:54 am

Not sure who Wayne was Geoff, but Wayne's valley is the first valley you go through after you have entered the south gate (from you side of the park) :) It's the spot where you have a lot of high grass land area and there are always a few kudus around there.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:04 pm

Gerrit, Wayne Erlank was a former section ranger at Addo...I think he went to or is now at Baviaanskloof????

Didnt have any work in PE that day so went and took the "Wedding" at Addo instead.....great occassion with me as the only guest until a few gate crashers pitched up at Bitterbal and Kamqua's big day
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Unread postby Apple » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:58 am

Thanks for sharing this intimate moment with us Peter.
Thanks also for the info re Wayne Erlank.
Once again the pic is great and the luck you have with the Addo lions still astounds me.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:27 pm

Dont worry Apple if you think that was an intimate moment...what about this..Nossob and Bitterbal were patrolling around on top of Mababala Loop and Nossob flopped down next to my drivers side door...i thought of taking some very weird shots from above but he's so big and my car is so low that his head was almost up to halway up the door and I didnt fancy my luck that day of not been chomped so I leant across the passenger side at a stretch and started shooting Bitterbal who was grooming himself 25 metres in on that side...I heard this weeze behind me and slowly turned around and there was the "sleeping" Nossob looking right in my open drivers window...Rule No 1 dont turn your back on these guys whew I dont know who got the bigger fright me or him as he jumped back 6 ft and this is where I took the pic just as he started back to come and lie down again once he had instantly decided I meant no harm!!
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Luckily my big zoom focuses down to 1.9 metres and thats when I pressed the shutter at closest focusing...you cant get a more intimate moment with a lion. but I dont mind him having a kip next to the car but trying to get in or whatever at the window ...no ways
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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:26 am

Is there by chance a map or graphic that outlines their respective territories?


I said I'd do a bit of investigation, so here it is: records of lion movements from sightings by our researcher between September 2007 and March 2008. You will see that Kamqua and Tsama have more points as the signals from their satellite collars are added to the sighting points.

This is for Ardlam, Kamqua and Gina:
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This is for Nossob and Bitterbal:
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and this one for Tsama and Kalahari:
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Unread postby lirritma » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:15 pm

Thanks you very much Megan for making this information available to the forum. :clap: It makes for very interesting reading. The originals of the thumbnails is still quite small and a bit difficult to read. Does Dave publish his research reports somewhere in the net (something like what Guss Mills is doing for his cheetah research in the KTP)?


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