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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Jock » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:27 am

I think they were putting on a show. :lol:
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby JEG » Mon May 17, 2010 7:26 pm

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The 2 cheetah brothers at Mlondozi Dam

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Re: Cheetah

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby adw » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:39 pm

At the end of my stay at Satara earlier this month I decided to leave the park at Crocodile Bridge via the H10. Just past Nkumbe I went through a large veld fire and thought that would be the end of good viewing. Fortunately by the time I got to the bottom of Muntshe Hill the smoke had cleared and I came across a Cheetah standing in the middle of the road. As I approached slowly he moved off to join his mate further into the bush but not before he glanced around and I was able to take a couple of shots of this magnificent animal.
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Re: Lion ID

Unread postby JEG » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:07 pm

On to the cheetahs and black rhino. Apologies to those who don't follow tennis but as i say they can be renamed.

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These are the cheetahs near Mlondozi Dam called Will and Harry. I named them after a couple of the Spanish players Lopez and Verdasco.

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This is a single male cheetah also near Mlondozi Dam. He is named after a up and coming Croatian player called Marin Cilic.

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These are the 2 cheetahs on the S28 named after the top doubles team which are the Bryan Brothers from USA.

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This black rhino is found around Lower Sabie and has a fabulous relaxed temperment. He is named after James Blake from USA.

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Re: Sending video clips

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:34 am

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Nico » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:32 pm

Always great to see the Cheetahs. We found three Cheetahs at the Veertiende Boorgat Waterhole. A mother with two big cubs. The two cubs started to clim a big tree and i filmed it. :wink:

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Wildafri » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:29 am

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Another distinctive aid the cheetah has for hunting are the black tear marks running from the eyes to the mouth. These tear marks shield the cheetah's eyes from the sun and make it one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom.
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:44 pm

Wildafri wrote: These tear marks shield the cheetah's eyes from the sun.

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby lee lewis » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:40 pm

I think the black tear marks are supposed to cut down on glare????????
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:11 pm

Yes, being black, they absorb excess sunlight, and hence glare. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Skukuza sightings .................

Unread postby Bushcraft » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:48 pm

I agree with michel367, cheetah are not often seen around Skukuza, but below are some pics of cheetah on the H4-1

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The best cheetah roads for me have been:

S28/S137/S29 and H10 (south of Skukuza)

H7/S36 (north of Skukuza)

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby adw » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:53 pm

During my recent Jan trip I came across two Cheetahs lying in the road (H1-3) early one morning (04h45). As the gates open at 04h30 hours it was still very dark (my own mini night drive!) when my bright beams picked up the shape of two Cheetahs lying in the road. A motorist behind me had no patience, overtook me and frightened the two Cheetah. Fortunately I was still able to get a couple of photos before they disappeared into the darkness.
This photo was taken with the built in flash and did its job okay. (I had not fitted my more powerful flash :wall: as I had left it behind in my caravan)

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This is the male and the female was nearby.
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:02 pm

Stirring pic of a graceful king, ADW! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:40 pm

At the beginning of December we had a special sighting of a female with her 3 teenage cubs a few km north of Mapani…this is one of the cubs

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