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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Gwave and Nico what great sightings :thumbs_up:

Just to boast a little I have just returned from a nights stay in the WCNP in the Cape and have recorded Caracals 7-10 for the year. The first sighting was of a mum and 2 youngsters about 50m off the road about 1km before the Churchaven turnoff, followed by another adult some 300m further on.

Here some pics to show - just of the youngsters.

To all those in search of this beautiful animal that eludes so many - good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:18 pm 
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I suppose even a bum shot counts. Addo 15 June 2009.

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We spend quite some time with this beauty, but the photo's just would not work.

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My latest trip report to Addo during June 2009:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300


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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:45 pm 
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This caracal I saw in March 2008 when I was driving from Punda Maria to Shingwedzi. First he was sitting directly near the road, then when he noticed the car he jumped into the bush. Had to wait patiently nearly an hour to get this photo.
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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Thanks for your comments. Here are two other pics, not as good as the one before, of the caracal.
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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Thanks Crested Barbet :thumbs_up:
I wonder what happened during the hour you had to wait?
Did the cat always stay at the same spot or did she do any movements?
Did you know the caracal was still around or did you just hope to get another view?
I know that you need a lot of patience in these moments, I often waited a good time in vain :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Hi, flying cheetah,
we only switched off the engine and waited patiently. It was really hot, no aircon, hired car. Watched the grass and waited for the caracal to show up once more. Cars passed by. We waited, but it was worth it. We saw that the caracal moves a bit in the high grass. It was not windy at all. So you could see that there was something in there.


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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:08 pm 
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Our best experience ever was a very, very lucky day we had in the park approx 2 years ago.
We started the morning seeing a beautiful young leopard trying to get into a warthog hole along side the h1-2 to Satara. We were the only car for over half an hour before she strolled off into the distance.
The day ended with 3 fabulous sightings-:
1 - the 1st on the way back to Balule we sat in awe as a beautiful male caracal ambushed a francolin that had been annoying him with its pal and then devoured it, whilst the friend francolin still persisted in running around the caracal, moaning much better.
2 – we then drove off toward our camp in silence - both star struck by what we had just seen only to have the most gorgeous young female African wild cat along with her kittens coming wandering into the road a proceed to sit on the road side for almost 40mins, happily meowing away to each other oblivious to our presence – again the only car.
3 – lastly, just as we thought it could never get better – a side stripe jackal popped out of the bush (I never realized they were that far up in the park) and merrily trotted with a companion across in front of us into the dark.

I did post pics of all the above on the Kruger picture sightings gallery when it happened.
We love Kruger. Whether we see all the gorgeous above or just get to spend a weekend in its beautiful surroundings. It’s our piece of heaven.

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:56 pm 
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Our first in the Kruger.
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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Where was that?

Seen from the H1-6 about 3km north of the H15 junction we were comeing down from Mopani.


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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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From our recent trip to Addo...

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And from a not-so-recent trip to Addo...

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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A few of our pics of 2 Caracal kittens seen in Kruger on the Mahonie Loop in Feb this year. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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where did you see them elsa??


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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Down the Witsand WH road on the Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria at just before 10am!

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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Elsa,
I am not turning :mrgreen: but something like deeeeeep purple....
What a wonderful sighting... All those years never seen one in Kruger but may be next trip...
Beautifull pictures Elsa thanks for sharing !! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Caracal
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Hi Elsa, what a stunning sighting and what a beauty,s I love the mahonie loop for filming. :wink:


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