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Re: Caracal

Unread postby o-dog » Sun May 10, 2009 11:24 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby HoepHoep » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:18 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:45 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:32 pm

Thanks for your comments. Here are two other pics, not as good as the one before, of the caracal.
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:47 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:55 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby LEIGHVLASSO » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:08 pm

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.
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:56 pm

Our first in the Kruger.
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:33 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby PJL » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:26 am

From our recent trip to Addo...

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

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:53 am

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby joekin » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:10 pm

where did you see them elsa??

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:26 pm

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

Unread postby Aat » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:56 pm

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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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Nico » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:59 pm

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


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