Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 13 of 20
 [ 297 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 ... 20  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:56 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:30 am
Posts: 341
Location: Bloemfontein (RSA)
We saw this cheetah on our trip to the Kgalagadi during May/June 2011. He had a camel thorn in his lower lip - I have a close-up in my trip report.

Image

_________________
Follow my photography journey including trip reports and photos on my blog


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:49 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Video of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:48 pm
Posts: 849
Location: between a lot of green in Holland
Cheetah Kill. August 2011, Kgalagadi, Waterhole Veertiende Boorgat. :wink:



Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:23 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Posts: 7865
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)
here you are my contribution :D

Kgalagadi February 2011
Caster

Image

Image

Elena

Image

Image

Kruger April 2011
at Tihongonyeni... still even in :shock: state :wall:

Image

_________________
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 31, 2010 11:41 am
Posts: 103
Location: The Netherlands
Wow, did you realize how much luck you had to see that?

Superb pictures...

_________________
I am a heartless person,
Not because I am cruel.
No, it's because I am in The Netherlands right now,
And my heart is still in South Africa

http://sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=54927


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:51 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Posts: 7865
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)
yes I do :dance:

_________________
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:18 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Video of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:48 pm
Posts: 849
Location: between a lot of green in Holland
Great photo's Anne-Marie, you were very lucky :mrgreen:

Cheetah Hunting Kgalagadi. We saw a Cheetah with a collar hunting a Springbok but the Cheetah did not succeed in the hunt. :?



Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:56 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:53 pm
Posts: 1335
Location: Netherlands
Pictures of two cheetah's in Mopani area (close to Mooiplaas waterhole)

Without words , so enjoy :)
-
Image
-
Just after making this picture a new surprise. Not one but there were two Cheetah’s. number 2 was in the grass enjoying the sunrise

Image

and

Image

and with some close-up

Image

The other cheetah jumped on the road sign smelling who was there before him

The lookout position was great to photograph him in all his beauty

Image

Last.... this close up portrait , what a look !!
-

_________________
Next trip to Kruger NP 2014
Skukuza: april 21-22, Satara: april 22-26, Mopani: april 26-30
Shingwedzi: april 30 - may 4, Satara: may 4-8, Skukuza: may 8-9


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:46 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:49 pm
Posts: 3045
Location: Burghausen, Germany
Brilliant sighting and pics Aat :mrgreen: :dance: :dance: :clap: :clap:

_________________
Akukho nyon' endiz' ingahlali phansi. (Zulu)
There is not a bird that flies and never sits down.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:08 pm 
cheetah2111 wrote:
Can someone tell me why cheetah prefer to hunt during the day? :hmz:


Bro

Think what it would be like to run that fast at night without head lights.

I don't even drive that fast at night on a good, flat tarred surface without chasing anybody.


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:21 am 
cheetah2111 wrote:
Although surely cheetah have excellent night vision? :hmz:
Also since they risk overheating to death in a chase, it seems illogical to chase in daytime when their body temp is higher.


Cheetah have a problem of overheating when hunting during the day and that is why they prefer to hunt early in the morning and late afternoon.

If you look at the faces of lion and leopard and other cats who hunt at night you will clearly see the white patches just beneath the eyes which are there to enhance there sight in bad light conditions. These patches are not as prominent in cheetah and completely absent in other diurnal hunters such as wild dog.

I have a theory which may be completely wrong that the black tear marks of a cheetah may be for exactly the opposite reason as the white marks in lion and leopard. To dampen harsh sunlight.


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:14 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4774
Location: Johannesburg SA
FAC Member (2013)
Joao wrote:
Cheetah have a problem of overheating when hunting during the day and that is why they prefer to hunt early in the morning and late afternoon.

It would make sense to me. Although when watching videos of cheetah chases they usually mid-day :hmz:

Joao wrote:
If you look at the faces of lion and leopard and other cats who hunt at night you will clearly see the white patches just beneath the eyes which are there to enhance there sight in bad light conditions. These patches are not as prominent in cheetah and completely absent in other diurnal hunters such as wild dog.

That's an accute observation :thumbs_up:

Joao wrote:
I have a theory which may be completely wrong that the black tear marks of a cheetah may be for exactly the opposite reason as the white marks in lion and leopard. To dampen harsh sunlight.

Sounds plausible :thumbs_up:

So far, we speculate that their eyesight is not particularly adapt for night hunting. It would make sense then that they hunt in daytime.
It is still puzzling however, why they hunt when it is hottest. Considering their overheating problem.
Perhaps it is as Pumbaa says
Pumbaa wrote:
I think it is simply because they do not want that other predators such as lions, leopard or hyaenas steal their kill

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:52 pm 
cheetah2111 wrote:
Then it is surprising that cheetah love desert regions like up in Namibia considering how hot it is :shock: They risk overheating as well as losing their prey in their cooldown time.
I guess the attraction is that the open land increases their chance of winning the chase.


They don't keep to the open plains of Namibië because it is hot but because there is a lack of competition. Due to the openness of the area you won't find many lion and leopard there because they prefer camouflage as a hunting strategy.

The same reason applies for the sightings where there seem to be no adequate hunting areas such as Mopani and surrounds. They only need a small open space in which to hunt. the hunt is usually over within a hundred meters. It is the lack of other predators that keep them attracted to that places. The same counts for Wild dog who also prefer areas where there are less other larger predators.

The area around Satara where you find both cheetah and lion will be due to the abundance of food and therefor less competition. I am sure that this is the area in Kruger where cheetah loose more of their kills as well.


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:51 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4774
Location: Johannesburg SA
FAC Member (2013)
Joao wrote:
They don't keep to the open plains of Namibië because it is hot but because there is a lack of competition. Due to the openness of the area you won't find many lion and leopard there because they prefer camouflage as a hunting strategy.

The same reason applies for the sightings where there seem to be no adequate hunting areas such as Mopani and surrounds. They only need a small open space in which to hunt. the hunt is usually over within a hundred meters. It is the lack of other predators that keep them attracted to that places.

:thumbs_up:

What is interesting however, is that there are twice as many cheetah in the South as Central Kruger :hmz: Central Kruger is better terrain for cheetah. The two best roads to spot cheetah in Kruger are the H10 and S28. We all know that there are many lions and leopards in that area :shock: It seems the Kruger population are very unpredictable

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:08 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4774
Location: Johannesburg SA
FAC Member (2013)
Joao wrote:
I have never seen any cheetah on the H10. On the S28 I am sure that most sightings would be on the southern most section of this road. Closer to CB. I would say that the same imply for the southern section as to the area around Satara regarding the availability of pray. Most of my cheetah sightings ware in the Croc Bridge area but not further than 10km from the camp and the area around Rabelais dam close to Tamboti



Every day I can expect to read on my Blackberry that there has either been a cheetah sighting on the H10, or s28 :lol:
Yesterday 4 cheetah on the H10, 10km North of LS.
Today cheetah on the s28/s137 junction.

In any case, they seen in the South in their highest numbers. There is lots of prey, but also lots of other preditors to compete with.
They do well in the North also where there is less prey, and also less lions to contend with.

Seems they can do it all :wink: Yet their numbers are too low in Kruger :|

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:33 pm 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Posts: 9537
Location: Upington RSA
FAC Member (2012)
Kgalagadi 24/10/2011 at 14th Borehole

Image

_________________
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 297 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 ... 20  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Jurie van Vuuren at 12:26:03 Submitted by Anonymous at 09:37:51 Submitted by Anonymous at 12:10:12 Submitted by grannyb at 11:18:40