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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:55 am

We were lucky enough to see them with MattAxel, truly an amazing sighting. That morning we had lion, leopard and cheetah within about an hour and a half!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:59 am

@Josh - Lucky You! :thumbs_up: :mrgreen: Obviously the right time and place that day! According to other reports cat sightings have been scarce over June and July this year.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby MattAxel » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:17 am

Thanks everyone!

The pics must have got mixed up while uploading them from photobucket Matt.
I'll fill in the form and send you the high res pictures later, when I'm at my computer.

Yes that morning was amazing. Had a male Lion drinking at Dertiende Boorgat, then these Leopards just past Urikaruus, then Cheetah just past the Kamqua picnic site, then another male Lion close to Montrose. Then on the way back up to Mata Mata the cheetah was still hanging around in the same place with a few Spotted Hyaenas also around.

Besides that day the cats were quite scarce, besides for Cheetah, which I had a few times along the Nossob river as well... Oh and Caracal, which I was lucky enough to see twice!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:31 pm

Lucky with the caracal! We saw lion and Leopard the week before too. I'll send my photos of the first sighting soon, for identification
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:03 pm

Sounds like you guys had a brilliant day...and trips!
Looking forward to seeing those pics Josh :popcorn:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:29 am

Yeah ,we were extremely lucky on our trip, primarily in the Auob. The trip was capped with aardwolf at Augrabies :-)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:22 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:Lucky with the caracal! We saw lion and Leopard the week before too. I'll send my photos of the first sighting soon, for identification


When you are ready and if possible, could you please post some pix of your first sighting here as well, for everyone to see. :pray: Thanx!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:18 am

Sneak preview of first leopard sighting (pics weren't great because the light was low. I tried to choose the sharpest shots. I'm a bit disappointed with how they came out :( ). The sighting was at Houmoed around 17h40.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:23 am

The low light must have been hard but the first image is super, he has a real regal look to him. :thumbs_up:
You saw Nkwe...he has now firmly moved in as the dominant male in the South. This isn't good Rooibrak, i suspect that he has been kicked out and his days of roaming the rivers might well be over.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:31 am

AstroMatt wrote:The low light must have been hard but the first image is super, he has a real regal look to him. :thumbs_up:
You saw Nkwe...he has now firmly moved in as the dominant male in the South. This isn't good Rooibrak, i suspect that he has been kicked out and his days of roaming the rivers might well be over.

Thank you for the kind words,, and for the identification :)

These 2 leopard sightings are definitely some of the best I've ever had (saw 3 leopard in Sabi Sabi in the same place once), we were really spoiled!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:47 am

Sabi is an excellent place to see leopards...but i think the sighting in KTP easily match it :wink:
@ Josh - could you fill in a report for both your sightings, and send me a few pics. I know your second one was the same as MattAxel's but if you could also do a report and send a couple of pics that would be great. It's useful to know that i have reports from all the cars at the sighting.

@MattAxel - thanks for the report and the high res pics. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:49 am

Super sighting of Nkwe! Thank you for posting Josh! :D

@AstroMatt - Rooibrak might surprise you yet! :wink: He has bounced back once before, but yes, he must be getting on in years now.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:00 am

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely sighting!!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:56 am

what a magnificent male, this Nkwe :clap:

seems it will have some "hot" nights... with Rooibrak :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby MattAxel » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:29 pm

No problem Matt :thumbs_up:

I agree, I've had many good sightings of Leopard in the Kruger, but I think this could be my favourite Leopard sighting. It just seemed more special to see one in the Kgalagadi for some reason!


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