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Re: SIT

Unread postby Johan N » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:18 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby BushFairy » Sun May 16, 2010 4:07 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun May 16, 2010 4:26 pm

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

Unread postby norms » Sun May 16, 2010 5:48 pm

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

Unread postby BushFairy » Sun May 16, 2010 6:35 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby BushFairy » Mon May 17, 2010 9:53 am

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:56 pm

Finally saw my very first serval!!! :D :dance:
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Re: Serval

Unread postby BushFairy » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:57 pm

WAC :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Serval

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:13 pm

You should change your name from WAC to MFC (magnet for cats)
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Re: Serval

Unread postby Lionspoon » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:17 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:50 am

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:

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Servals and Caracals

Unread postby sandeep » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:56 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:02 pm

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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Re: Serval

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:19 pm

Most likely where there is water , but mostly luck , I think .
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Unread postby saraf » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:27 am

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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