@ Wanderw...thanks for posting them on behalf of rjm...he had a great trip by the looks of things. To see the same leopard in almost exactly the same location a year later...what are the odds??
So to follow-up the previous days play fighting we returned to the scene early the next day to see what had happened over night.
To our amazement the previously whole springbok carcass had been devoured and little more than the head and neck and a few dangly legs were left.
Lying by the side of the road with a full belly was N!xau the dominant local male! He didn't like being disturbed early in the morning and quickly crossed the road in front of us and disappeared over the ridge. We tried to locate him by trying different views but had no luck.
We drove back up the road towards Kannaguss to see if Safran and Tebogo were else where due to N!xau's presence. After a coffee break we decided to check the kill location again. To our amazement as soon as we turned up we spotted Safran slowly wandering down the road.
The portrait I showed yesterday was also taken from this sighting.
We waited patiently for her to come to us and she didn't disappoint. After walking through the dreidoring she crossed the road and headed straight for the kill.
She wasted no time in jumping up the tree.
After getting comfortable on a high branch she tucked into breakfast...cheek and nose I think!
After feeding for a while Safran suddenly became a bit nervous. She then leapt down the tree and dashed away. This was when we noticed the big N!xau running after her.
He obviously hadn't gone far during the morning and could either see, smell or hear her eating. After a short attempt to follow her he gave up and headed for the tree. Check out the staining on his teeth....he is also about 7+ years old.
N!xau tucking into breakfast. Unlike Safran he had to settle for the lower branches. Eventually he climbed down and sat under the tree guarding the kill.
Unfortunately his rest, and our sighting was disturbed when the Botswana Army rocked up and proceeded to get out of, and climb all over the cars for a better view. He didn't like this one bit and dashed across the road and away.
I did report this to the Section Ranger at Nossob but apparently they are a law unto themselves...not good.
Photo by Koru
We retuned to the kill later in the afternoon at 16:30. As if he was waiting for our return Tebogo suddenly appeared on the bank almost exactly where Safran had come from earlier in the day.
He gave us this wonderful view crossing the road a few metres away.
Unlike the others he was quite cautious. He smelt all around the tree before he climbed in and proceeded to finish off what was left! Like N!xau he was too heavy for the higher branches.
After filling his belly he wandered down to the river....and yes I mean river. To me this photo looks more like something you might see in the Okavango Delta rather than the dry Kgalagadi.
We looked up and down the road but couldn't find Safran. Eventually time ticked away and we had to leave Tebogo lying in the shade of a tree by the river.
Three leopards feeding off the same kill on the same day....kalahari magic
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