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 Post subject: Re: SIT
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:18 pm 
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from my mammals guide:

"Servals have largely disappeared from their original fairly wide range and are now considered rare. The pelt varies considerably within the populations. They do not occur in desert areas as they are dependent on a permanent water supply.

They are solitary but sometimes pair or form family groups. They are nocturnal hunters but are also active in the day, particularly soon after sunrise or late afternoon. They are terrestrial animals but climb well and will take to trees for safety."

We have seen Serval's at noon in the Satara area and the one above in broad daylight. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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Hi all :)

What wonderful serval sightings!

The last serval I saw in Kruger was in September 2008 and it was 'fishing' at the Gudzani Dam near Satara - not very good photo's as it was quick, bad light and far away! But we managed to watch it for about 10 minutes trying to get the mud off it's paws after it's failed attempt to catch a fish!

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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wow super :clap:
thanks for posting :D

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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BushFairy - Amazing sequence of photo's ....... Thanks for sharing them with us.

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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It was a very unexpected sighting. I think we were just very lucky that the dam was so low - which 'forced' the serval to come into the open like that!

It was a wonderful experience - there are some other photographs of the serval in the water (but I can't seem to find them) - my mom and I always take photo's at the same sightings to make sure that we don't miss out on potential shots!!

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Didn't go for the saddle bill?


There was a saddle bill stork and openbill stork (a smaller, easier target) which it casually walked past and didn't seem interested in at all. Not sure why? Maybe it was too busy trying to get all the mud off? Good question though!

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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Finally saw my very first serval!!! :D :dance:
Found on the first 3 kms or so of the H1-1 from the intersection with the H3 at about 08h30.

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*sigh* such gorgeous animals 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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That serval certainly looks a bit grumpy - probably it didn't want its pic taken. :lol: But what a beautiful shot, adw!!! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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ndloti wrote:
I would think the storks are larger than the servals normal fare .
The picture makes the serval appear larger than it actually is - their body size is probably just as large as a storks .


Hey Ndloti although not the norm Storks (and Cranes) are very much part of the diet of Servals. Also nicely documented on a Nat Geo documentary, i think it was in the Serengeti where a serval catches a white stork and has it stolen by hyenas. :thumbs_up:

Otherwise a great thread with some amazing pics :clap:

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 Post subject: Servals and Caracals
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Hi
I couldn't find anything on the smaller cats other than the AWC topic and have always been fascinated by them. While all the attention and glory goes to the big 3, would love to see pics and hear more about servals and caracals. Personally I have only seen a serval once at Kruger, with pics, and a Caracal, but no pics, at Pilanesberg.
The foll pics are in Dec at Kruger on the S 29 west of H10. It was in the middle of the afternoon and hot and I had not seen anything worthwhile for a couple of hours at least, when I noticed a movement in the grass, so decided I would stop driving and just see if anything came out of the bush and if it would be interesting... :). I had an uninterrupted viewing pleasure for about 15 mins before it went off into the bush again
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 Post subject: Re: Serval
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In terms of spotting Serval ... are there any tips to be given on spotting them??
Or is it purely down to luck?

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Most likely where there is water , but mostly luck , I think .

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 Post subject: Re: Small cats
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We saw a serval and AWC on a recent sunset drive from Lower Sabie.

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We also had the amazing sight of a civet crossing over the road in front of us one morning while we were travelling between Punda Maria and Shingwedzi. No photos though, it was too quick.

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