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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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WAC, he is indeed huge. Where did you take the picture? :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Thanks oddesy :D

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WAC, he is indeed huge. Where did you take the picture? :big_eyes:


Lake Panic, sometime in October last year I think. :)

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 Post subject: Running the guantlet
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The recent wet spell in Kruger had (debatable) beneficial consequences for some... the rising water level causes a spawning urge in the African sharptooth catfish Clarias Gariepinus to start migrating upstream (normally) immediately after the first heavy showers of the rainy season... they love shallow water and vegetation to spawn in.

Such was the case at the causeway below the Pioneer hide near Mopani, Friday 20 November. However, “upstream” is restricted due to the dam wall, so, downstream became a viable second option. The catfish somehow sensed that their pond was overflowing, offering suitable spawning habitat on the downstream side of the causeway. They gathered there in numbers to cross over in the very shallow overflow. Soon the Nile crocodile realised there was one of its favourite food items on offer...

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Somehow the catfish detected the presence of the crocodile as well as that the best places to run the gauntlet being the shallowest part of the causeway.

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There couldn't have been more than 2 cm of water, but it was enough for the catfish to power across the causeway and into the safer portion of the stream where it would eventually participate in a spawning frenzy.

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The croc would react to the splashing, arriving at the catfish's departure point too late to be effective, while behind the crocodile, another catfish would sneak across. Eventually the croc gave up the effort and retreated, leaving the causeway to the catfish.

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Obviously we were rooting for the croc... I mean, the shots of a crocodile catch would have been much more exciting that those of sneaky catfish outmaneuvering the mighty Nile crocodile! :lol:

Read more about the effects the rain had on Kruger's animals.

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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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Great episode of Kruger live action
(catfish have more brains then crocs)

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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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Thanks johan van rensburg :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: great pics :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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No wonder the croc has such a long face :roll:
Lovely story and photos Johan!! :cam: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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Great tale, JvR!! Who knew that fish could strategise :shock: :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Running the guantlet
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I must say you were clever to work out what was going on JvR ...


I agree with DB on this…I would have sat there and told myself that the poor catfish are desperate to get out of the pond because there is a crocodile in it! :doh: :lol:

What a fascinating thing to see and you captured it is perfect detail…thank you for sharing this!! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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We came across the most amazing sighting over the causeway behind Shingwedzi on our recent trip. The river was flowing over the causeway and the crocs where lined up with mouths open, catching fish as they came over the bridge. One croc was even on the bridge!! What amazed us the the croc would allow the water to run through his mouth, and then when a tiny fish touched his jaws, they would snap shut. A remarkable sighting indeed and one that goes down as one of the highlights. Birds also enjoyed the feast.

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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Lovely fotos Jock

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Seen from the low water bridge near Skukuza


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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Great photos Jock and JEG :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :clap: :clap:

This was taken also at the shingwedzi low water bridge

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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Stunning photo oddesy!!! :thumbs_up:
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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Brilliant photo oddesey :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Nile crocodile
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Do you think this is real?

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