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Unread postby Nannie » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:56 pm

On the S41 about 3km from the S90 towards the S100.We first saw 12 or so vultures on the ground - kill ! somewhere,saw a movement and it was the 2 HB scratching here and there,another movement,2 cheetah.They were lying down with full stomachs.The one lifted it's head and watched the HB work their way closer.There was a strong cross wind so the HB only became aware of the cheetahs at the time the photo was taken,you can see the puffed tail.The other badger is a bit to the left.The HB made a hasty retreat.

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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:06 pm

Also my first Honey badger... with jackal near Twee Rivieren, in April 2007 :D
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Unread postby Luren » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:09 am

Honey Badgers are wonderful tenacious aggressive-if-forced creatures. No wonder even the cheetah uses this to protect its young in that they have a thick whitish fur which mimics a HB which they lose as they grow up!
We were lucky to glimpse 1 on S90
Also we have seen the resident HB in Satara camp- he often drops the bins!
Hope to see 1 again- going again 28 May-3 June.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Safrica » Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:08 pm

saw one between satara and timbavati picnic site... (KNP in 2005)

was running around all the time, constantly digging and sniffing with it`s head down
that`s why this is the best pic I could get :hmz:

but hey, it was my first honey badger! :dance:


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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby davegrohl » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:16 am

As the vast majority of us know, HBs, outisde of camps, are a rare spot.

My two most memorable are:
1) Orpen camp. About 12/13 years ago. was sitting at the braai, family had gone to bed, pulled up a chair next to the fire having a last beer. as i finished and got up, almost stood on a HB that had creaped up behind me, was about 1m away. Dont know who got the bigger fright!!

2) This year, near lower sabie. strangely enough, was the only vehicle in sight which is a rareity for the LS/Skukuza highway. Had a HB running accross the road foraging on both sides. When i first saw it, it ran to the side of the road just i front of my car, lay on its back and started growling / chattering (hence the name 'ratel' i presume?). Anyway, a car 2000 times bigger than itself didnt disturb him and his quest for breakfast. the sighting lasted 10 mins (only car the whole time, believe it or not). as i took the first pic, my camera battery gave up. :wall:

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:15 pm

I guess it was a different one! :redface: :D

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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:15 pm

I was reading an article yesterday in our local newspaper about a baby Honey Badger born a week ago in the Johannesburg Zoo.
Apparantly its doing very well and the mother is very protective and caring so they are every hopeful it will survive. :D

The amusing part was the names, the mother's is Bedlam, her mate's name, Mayhem and the nephew is called Jack the Ripper. :lol:
I guess that says it all about the HB's character perfectedly. :D
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Unread postby ndloti » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:43 pm

In his book titled "Nightstalk" by photographer Bruce Aiken (also by him , "Kruger , A Supreme African Wilderness") who researched his book on lions that had been collared in the area where the Sweni wilderness trail now operates , he reports that when the lions encountered a badger while hunting they invariably left it alone ....the subadults who were not allowed to actively take part in the hunt would normally harass or kill most small mammals they could catch .

He had access to the area for a few months in 1984 to photograph a pride that had been collared as part of a research program , and would follow the pride which numbered 39 at one stage on hunts . Once they had grown accustomed to the vehicle , which took allmost 3 months , they allowed him to accompany the hunts from start to finish .
There are many interesting observations on lions hunting activity in this book .

Can anyone shed light on what it is that makes honey badgers so resistant to snake venom ?
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:13 pm

Had our best ever HB sighting recently at Houmoed.

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He was digging furiously for the 15 minutes we watched - gate/time restrictions - about 6 metres from the car.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Safrica » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:51 am

onewithnature wrote:Wow, Safrica - must be the German luck, eh? Yes, they're often fleeting sightings, that's why 15 minutes is a sublime bonus!


:lol: Guess we were lucky on our last trip...

The one HB-sighting only lasted 5 seconds at the most - we saw it running next to the road and right into the bush!

But our other sighting was fairly longer - he was running around, constantly sniffing and digging
fortunately it was in an open area
but still it was very difficult to take a pic - it had it`s head down the whole time

here the pic again:
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Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:14 am

I found the photos of the two I saw in KTP June 2007!!!!

This one near Urikaruus
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This one at Auchterionie Waterhole - You must put on your specs for this one!!
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Not as good as madach's but at least i got some photos of this wonderful animal
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:55 am

Canis Lupis wrote:I saw a Honey badger female with 2 cubs cross the road on the main Numbi road en route to Pretoriuskop.
:mrgreen: maybe some pictures of the cubs :D
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Safrica » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:27 pm

cubs? oh wow!!
they must be terrible cute :thumbs_up:
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Canis Lupis » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:11 am

Sorry I could get no pics of the Honey badger or her cubs as they left as soon as they arrived and there was no time to get the camera ready even for an "evidence" shot.
Honey Badger cubs are very cute. I played with a 4 month old female cub once. She was rescued from a veldfire where she lost contact with her mother. They are one-tracked minded little creatures and extremely tenacious. The little cub was so focussed on the smells coming from a dustbin she didnt even realise my presence at first!

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:14 pm

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This is a Kgalagadi HB last December :dance:
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