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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:06 pm

So to finish off our sighting from December 2013.
20/12/2013
After leaving Warona in the company of lions the previous day I was delighted when on our way to Twee Rivieren, Koru (driving) exclaimed, very calmly, like she was discussing what was for dinner, that there was a leopard lying on a sociable weavers nest! :big_eyes: Apparently she had seen her from miles away!
So our little lady had survived the encounter and was now looking a whole lot more comfortable.
This was a few 100m north of Munro at 15:00.
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She seems extremely content with her choice of nests and we decided that we would wait this out...However long it would take.
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The constant chattering of the birds and their aerial passes was obviously disturbing her sleep.
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The sociable weavers were quite funny. Every now and then they would realise that there was a large predator on their nest and start alarm calling. Then they would forget!
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Definitely pondering her stomach :D
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After deciding the birds were a no go something on the ground caught her attention.
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After racing down the tree she quickly glanced at us as if to check we were still there.
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Then she decided to retrieve her victim who was trying to make a... slow get away!
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Big 5 and little 5 :)
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Looking very proud with her catch!
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If you can't eat it...play with it.
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She kept flicking the leopard tortoise around for about 30mins! During this time she climbed back up to the weavers nest and gave it a good bash with her paw.
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However, she quickly got distracted with the tortoise only to return a few seconds later to play with it. Just like all kittens she tried rolling on her back and using the back legs....fail!
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During all this play, she popped back up the tree to bash the weavers nest a few times. Unfortunately quite a few cars had arrived and so we didn't move. Right decision when she returned again to play with the tortoise. Notice the very very white teeth.
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17:42
After quite a bit of wandering around under the tree she suddenly heard something and wandered out the back.
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After quite a few minutes however she returned and looked around.
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Then she went into full stalk mode!
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She suddenly ran right behind our car and stopped just behind us....peering over the sand bank. Then we realised that she was stalking a ground squirrel. She was about 3-4m away in plain sight but the squirrel hadn't got a clue!
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One lucky squirrel! Unfortunately a 300m lens and the wrong side of the car was too much for this action.
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Not satisfied with her failed hunt she tried flushing the squirrel out.
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Unfortunately that squirrel was holding tight.
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She then picked up a yellow mongoose on the other side of the road. A quick dash and stalk through was seen from miles away.
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18:40
By now it was getting late and we had to leave to make gate closing. A hungry Warona was left lying in the shade.
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This was our final leopard sighting in December and a really special one for us having seen her last year as a tiny cub. She certainly seems to be spending some time away from mum and is trying to hunt more. Hopefully she will hang around and keep entertaining us all for a while :)
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Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:14 pm

Oh my goodness!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

What a special and amazing sighting!!! I'm so glad you had all these amazing moments (and hours!!) that you could share with us. Thank you!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:00 pm

AstroMatt - just AWESOME What beautiful :cam: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby enrico » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:14 pm

I am reminded of that song from long ago"Some guys have all the luck". :big_eyes:

Amazing leopard sightings.Thanks for sharing. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:34 pm

An awesome sighting again! :clap: :clap: :clap: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: LOL at how Koru announced it! I would have been jumping up and down, and struggling to get the words out from excitement. :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:42 pm

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Eish, AM! You and Koru certainly had a rewarding trip! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Utterly awesome sightings! :mrgreen: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby RichardJ » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:43 pm

Fantastic time spent with her :dance: :dance: :dance: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Great pics, esp the one looking at you on her way down.....

must be the new 'car' (like our 'The Beast') :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:49 pm

FA BU LOUS :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby IainP » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:50 pm

Wow what a sighting :clap: :dance: :clap:

Keep them coming!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:08 pm

Thanks for all the comments. It was an amazing sighting and a great way to end our December KTP trip.
@enrico...we certainly had more than our fair share :redface:
@RichardJ...I might have been the car, but I like to think it was the project logo on the door :)
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Fotomaljohan » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:28 pm

A great sighting and a wonderful series of photos! Great spotting of the leo on the weaver nest! FMJ
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby groenlandy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:07 pm

Hi,
I finally managed to work through our images from our Oct/Noc 2013 trip, and wanted to post this sighting of a leopard about 10km south of Achterlonie.
I've not yet tried to identify her (suspect so, she was quite small?).
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We followed her walking along the ridge for nearly an hour, lazily stalking a herd of springbok, and only got this one close-up when we she crossed the road going up to the viewpoint
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:51 pm

Hi groenlandy! Lovely sighting of the young leopardess AstroMatt posted above - Warona! :dance: :thumbs_up:
If you could, please fill in the sightings form that you will find in the link at the end of my post. Many thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:43 pm

A small update on the leopard sightings:

Barolong has been seen at Urikaruus camp recently - drinking from the camp waterhole at night. Before that, the last time she was seen was in November last year. Great to know she is still around.

Miera - was seen near Urikaruus in early February.

Langklaas - if the mating with Motsumi at Kaspersdraai was successful last year, there might soon be cubs around. Langklaas was last seen south of Nossob.

To all heading up to KTP soon - Wishing you good spotting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby lion queen » Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:15 pm

Thanks for the update Wanderw....... :gflower:

wanderw wrote:To all heading up to KTP soon - Wishing you good spotting! :thumbs_up:


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