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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:22 am 
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Very interesting, AstroMatt! :thumbs_up: I did know that leopards vary greatly in size, but did not know about the nose and teeth colour - thanks for sharing! :D

Seems rjm was on a roll with leopard sightings!!! :big_eyes: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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@ 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.
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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.
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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.
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She wasted no time in jumping up the tree.
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After getting comfortable on a high branch she tucked into breakfast...cheek and nose I think!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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He gave us this wonderful view crossing the road a few metres away.
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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.
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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.
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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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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

What an amazing and special day this was!!! Great sightings of the three leopards!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Warona - 12 November 2013 19H02

3.5 Km south of Auchterlonie

We were driving back to Kieliekrankie after spending some time at a lion kill south of Kamfersboom.

We saw a Springbok wo did not like what he saw and or smelled!! We could at first not see what he obviously saw!!

Then we spotted the leopard high in a tree next to the road.

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She was not comfy up there and then turned round to have a good look at us!!

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Moments later she jumped down

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We got one final look before she disappeared over the ridge

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Warona - 13 November 2013 9H27

3.8 km south of Auchterlonie

When we got to this sighting there was already a few (3 or 4) cars.

She was in the shade of a small Thorn tree and very interested in the cheetah on the other side of the road.

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After a while she decided the shade was getting to small for her and she moved on to a nearby bush.

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Not very long after this an elderly gentleman decided he needed a better view and sat in the window of his car with his binoculars ( she was not even 3 meters from the road!!)!! She got up and ran up the dune!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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Hope you got a :cam: of the elderly man for the 'Name and Shame' thread, lion queen :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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GlynB I did report it with a photo at TR.......... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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indeed AstroMatt... magic Kgalagadi :k
so nice to see Safran again, and... what a beautiful story of these three Leopards :clap: :clap: :clap:

except for the extra-terrestrial :rtm: :naughty: :wall: :wall: :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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@AstroMatt - Once again, Brilliant! :clap: :dance: I think we all want to experience two days leopard viewing like you guys did! Wow! :mrgreen: As for the Bots army - have had one similar experience with them. :(

@lion queen - super pix and lovely sightings of Warona! :clap: :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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@Lion Queen...thanks for posting (and reporting) your sighting of Warona....she really is a lovely little lady. Real shame about the elderly guy spoiling it :evil:

So here is the final instalment of our leopard sightings in the northern part of the park.

It was our last morning at Grootkolk and we decided to head north to try and find Rosa or Bontle. After having no success (we did find a cheetah so not really no success ;) ) we headed back to camp to pack up and leave.

On our drive down to Nossob about 5kms further north from where we'd had all the other sightings we came across N!xau lying under a tree with a wildebeest carcass lying in the river! The time was about 09:45
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After speaking to our neighbours who had headed south early in the morning we learnt that there had been hyenas feeding during the early hours. But they had left and N!xau had appeared.
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We believe that it was N!xau who made this kill due to an actual sighting of him making another wildebeest kill the following day! This next kill was at the location where Touareg photographed him....when we found this out we wished we'd stayed an extra night :mrgreen:

We couldn't stay long as we had to make it to Urikaruus. But i believe he sat under this tree for most of the day.

So ended our incredible stay at Grootkolk....we'll definitely be heading back :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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After such great sightings and wonderful experiences you MUST head back that way!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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@Lion Queen....we certainly will :)

After this sighting of N!xau we headed to Urikaruus where we bumped into a few people who informed us that Tsamma had been seen north of camp. Unfortunately we didn't find her or any other leopards for the next few days.

We then left the park for a quick visit down to Augrabies and to pick my little brother (Chris) and a colleague (Kelley) up. We then spent a few nights in Augrabies searching for the leopards there to no avail before heading back to the park. For both of them this would be their first visit to KTP :pray:

On the second day (19/12/2013) we hit the jackpot when we found a lion under a tree a few 100m north of Munro at about 11:30. We came across a bit of a traffic jam that we thought was because of the flat lion lying under a tree, but something didn't add up as most people weren't looking that way...peering up into the next tree we spotted what the traffic jam was really for. A lovely leopard lying quite uncomfortably on a few thin branches.
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After a bit of repositioning we managed to find a little window through the branches. A quick check in the guide and our dreams came true. It was Warona! the tiny cub we found last year!
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Warona really didn't look too happy and was constantly fidgeting. Unfortunately we had to head back to TR to pack up...but we would be driving past again on our way to Mata Mata :D
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After a quick turn around we again arrived back at the traffic jam. Neither the lion, or Warona, had moved more than a few feet.
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She glanced down to us a few times with a distinctly unimpressed look on her face.
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The situation clearly wasn't going to change and we needed to leave, but we left Warona being looked over by enough photographers that someone would certainly capture any daring escape.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
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@AstroMatt - Glad your brother and Kelley got to see Warona with you guys! :thumbs_up: Poor Warona, hope her patience won in the end.

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Oh poor Warona!! She does not look very happy with the lion under the tree!!

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