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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Oh my Bushbuddies you were spoiled rotten!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

It does look like Miera, and she is a poser!! One of the very few leopards I ever seen that is not shy of people or vehicles!!

Every time we've seen here she came right up to the vehicle and gave us a show.

You have some stunning photos!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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wow Miera... the starlette :dance: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Bushbuddies,

What a stunning sighting you had late morning. Looks like one has a good chance to spot leopards any time of the day. :clap: :clap: :clap: Just not on the day we saw one. :cry:

Astromatt,

Great shots that make me so green. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: To think we were only a few km away at Gharagab, but just to far for an afternoon drive. We had a short sighting of Safraan before she disappeared and just could n't return to see what happened to that kill.
It was nice to meet you again and maybe next time we will be in Grootkolk when we meet up for leopard spotting again. This time I will ignore the lions and drive passed them. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Warona - 9 November 2013 10H17

6 km North of Monro

She was watching something small and next moment sprinted to whatever she saw, but then sat down??

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Matthew, thanks the help of this afternoon was just what I needed to have success in uploading GIF files!! :gflower: :gflower: So much more than just a Leopard Guru....... :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Evel wrote:
Ok so I have been chatting to Astromatt and he has confirmed that the leopard I saw between Kanagauus and Lijersdraai on the 18th Dec was Rosa :D


Great shot of Rosa. We heard from other visitors that there was a leopard at Lijersdraai waterhole, but never found it except for Safran not too far away on 10 Dec.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Lion queen,

Lovely video. What a privilege to see a leopard. :clap: :clap: Since July 2006 I have not seen any leopards along the Auob. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Thank Son Godin!

She then walked up the ridge and all along the top before getting down and laying in a "cave"

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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@Bushbuddies.....lovely sighting of Miera. We weren't lucky enough to see her even with a lot of trying! You have some lovely photos of her, and you are right she is very relaxed around cars which can make the sighting quite exciting :D

You are also right that she isn't a huge leopard but size is a difficult one to relate to age. Most of the female leopards can appear to be quite small particularly if you are used to seeing the big males. If you look at my earlier picture of Tebogo walking in the road he is only as tall as the road side verge and Safran who is an established female is smaller then him! If you had Safran and Miera next to each other I would bet there wouldn't be a huge size difference.
AstroMatt wrote:
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You also mention the nose colour...again I should warn you that the nose colours are not great indicators of age.
Bushbuddies wrote:
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Take a look at the close up picture of Tebogo below. He is about half Miera's age but has a completely black (or dark) nose. The variations in nose colour are not particularly well understood.
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If I can also use Safran as another example. She has quite a pink nose and is most likely 7+ years old.
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What is a much better indicator of age is the staining on the canine teeth, the older the leopard the more staining. These photos are a great example of this. If you look at the three pictures above then you would clearly place them in the correct age order. However, estimating a more precise age bracket does require a lot more knowledge.

@Son Godin...at least you can see what you missed ;) I think you are right Gharagab is a bit too far for the evening drive, but i've been told the camps waterhole is becoming more active.
Hopefully next time we'll be in the same camp for a shared sighting. :thumbs_up:

@Lion Queen....great gifs of Warona. She is becoming quite the tormentor of small animals :D Glad I could help.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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She later lay down flat and it was getting "late" so we moved on. We spend quite some time there with her and not another car in sight!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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What a lot of leopard sightings! :dance:

Evel - super to find Rosa near Kannaguass. :thumbs_up: She seems to like that area a lot!

Bushbuddies - stunning sighting of Miera! A real star! :clap: Very :mrgreen: I saw her when she was about 9 months old, would love to see her again! :pray:

lion queen - great sighting of Warona and lovely to watch her move! :dance:

Thank you all for posting! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Posting the following on behalf of rjm:

Auchterlonie female and Warona:
On the 26 October 2013 at around 3pm, rjm and the Auchterlonie female had a surprise meeting at the Blacksmith's pit at the Auchterlonie picnic site. After being within 6 feet of each other, they went their separate ways. The Auchterlonie female had been on a springbok kill.

The next day, at around 5pm, rjm got the following pix at the picnic site:
Auchterlonie female:

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Warona:

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(the pic above - I cropped and lightened a bit to show Warona's markings)

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Posting on behalf of rjm:

rjm found Tshidi on the 7th November 2013 - 2kms south of the Urikaruus turnoff - around 7am.

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along with his mom, Barolong.

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You can see how big Tshidi is compared to his mom. Barolong - nearest leopard,left.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Posting on behalf of rjm:
The next leopard rjm saw - Rosa!
Seen on the 12th of November 2013 at the Grootkolk waterhole at around 7.30pm.

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An interesting fact - rjm last saw Rosa exactly a year before on 12/11/12 at the Grootkolk waterhole, around 7pm. :dance:

rjm - Many thanks for sharing your sightings and pix with us! :thumbs_up:

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rjm, great sightings!! :thumbs_up:

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wow, all Leopards are out :dance:
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