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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Safariman » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:25 am

My first & only CCO sighting in KNP (or anywhere else for that matter) was on my last trip in August 2009. I was on the H12 bridge over the Sabie when I noticed a whole agglomeration of water birds crowding up to some reeds in one of the channels under the bridge.

Next thing I knew, two CCO swam out of the reeds & cruised off down the river, darting under water occasionally, before disappearing round a bend in the direction of LS. The birds were eagerly following them & snapping up the creatures which were fleeing from the path of the CCO's.

Has any one else heard or seen this behaviour by birds? If I remember correctly there were Goliath Heron, Grey Heron, Saddle-bill Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, Great White Egret, Lesser Egret, Yellow-billed Egret & Squacco Heron. I have some pics somewhere, not great, but you can definitely recognose the CCO's for what they are even though they are only showing their head & the top of their backs as they swim away downriver. A lifer for me & one of the highlights of that trip. :dance:

There must have been 20-30 cars on the bridge over that time & not one stopped to see what I had spotted! :wall:

I might try dig the pics out sometime in the next few days.
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Nannie » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:44 pm

Today at the bridge over the Sabie river,down from L.S. My first in KNP.

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby arks » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:01 am

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: and a beautiful photo! 8)
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby leachy » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:56 pm

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these two were seen from the bridge over the levhuvhu in july of this year.


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they were chased out of the river by a croc and then both stood on the bank and it looked as though they were taunting the croc from the river bank
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:01 am

:D Brilliant, thank you Leachy. We saw them at Tsitsikamma but never in Kruger, maybe next time… :wink:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby Heksie » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:57 pm

Helo everyone!

Me and me mum went to the Kruger the weekend of the 24th of Feb and when you enter the Phabeni gate, on the S1 just after that dam turn off (can't remember the name, sorry :redface: ) there is a small river and by chance I had my first CCO sighting! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:51 am

My first ever sighting of otters in the Kruger. They are very common around the highveld pans and dams, but to see one in Kruger was very sepcial.

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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:29 am

We saw them in the Sabie river close to Nkhulu. I see most sightings of them in Kruger are around this spot. Glad the floods didn't wash them away.

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Cape Clawless Otter

Unread postby Massimo » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:06 am

Hey guys was wondering how many of you have managed to see and capture a cape clawless otter in Kruger? if possible please wont you post a picture of your capture. Thanks guys! Look forward to seeing your pictures and your experiences :thumbs_up:
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Re: Cape clawless otter

Unread postby peterpiper » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:44 pm

I saw this Cape Clawless otter from the Lower Sabie bridge this year in September.
In the pic it is eating a crab. It was there one afternoon late (not good for pics) and then again very early the next morning.
I waited for him :)

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Re: Our Resident Otter

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:57 am

Awesome peterpiper! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to your pictures lucky Massimo! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Cape Clawless Otter

Unread postby garrow » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:29 pm

Hi Massimo

Saw 2 Cape Clawless Otters sitting on a rock on high level bridge at Sabi River-Sand River confluence. They eventually got into the water and swam around from the one side of the bridge to the other side on a few ocassions before disappearing. I was parked right at the side of the bridge so got some nice visuals of these otters. Unfortunately I did not have a camera to take photos. Have since purchased myself 2 decent cameras and one telephoto lens so that I do not slip up on an opportunity like that again

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Re: Cape Clawless Otter

Unread postby ruud » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi Massimo, during our last visit, september last year, we were in Lower Sabie and on one moment it was very busy on the bridge. So we stopped and tooked very carefully.... but we couldn't find out what everybody was looking at. So we asked and yes it was a clawless otter in the reed at the east side of the bridge. As far as we could see the otter was eating a very yound croc. (other people told us). But it was just our first sighting of an otter.

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Re: Cape Clawless Otter

Unread postby Massimo » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:15 am

I must say I was blessed when I was in Kruger this past holiday. Having seen nothing in the morning I decided to head over the bridge at Lower Sabie and see if I have any luck on the bridge. As I reached the bridge I witnessed some reeds moving and so I kept watching it then BOOM!! a CAPE CLAWLESS OTTER! :dance: :dance: tick on the wish list !! Here are some of the pictures that I managed to capture of this amazing creature. Will do a full blog on my website in the coming week :)

:cam: © Massimo Da Silva. Hope you enjoy :thumbs_up:

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Re: Cape Clawless Otter

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:40 am

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Stunning photos!!!
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