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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Before 13th a vehicle in the bush.....

Dr Gus tracking Lisette who was about to give birth to the 4 she still has

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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We crossed paths with Nyala, probably taking their hut at Uri, who told us about their lion visitors who
had moved on to Kamqua WH. Apparently lying under the tree above WH.

When we got there, there were lots of game all over.....no lions here!!!!!

Sitting in front of the WH I starting thinking...yes dangerous....

Lions and other cats normally head for the dunes after drinking.....

and......

there is a road...upper dune road that passes into the dunes behind the WH...

????? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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and there they were...just ears...some 200 meters from top of dunes...

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as per usual not much activity.

we sat in the shade of a tiny tree for 2 hours.....alone....
only 1 vehicle came past...slowed..lady passenger tried to ask ....but foot down and they were off...

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Returning to the river road a couple of vehicles parked off...

Hannes Lochner was parked on the right, WH side, so we pulled up..

anything interesting?
"cheetah"

where?

he points over our bonnet :wall: :wall:

Elena !!!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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With in a couple of minutes she was up...collar all skew....

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and she was heading for the hills

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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That's not very nice of her :evil:


but.....

the road curves around, to behind the ridge...


perhaps we can see her on the other side?

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sure enough, she pops up every now and then...

and then starts descending down into the valley

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Leaving her some space we followed at a distance...

she looked thin and had 5 cubs in the dunes to feed, so we did not want to interfere with her hunting

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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With Elena in the river bed, a few more shots and then we would leave her in peace..

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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ok so check on lions....they are gone...drive up the road a bit further...nope...back....aha ears...still there..

now... :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

lets try Rooibrak :hmz: :hmz:

supposedly a leopard with cub has been seen there often.. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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approaching Rooibrak...Quannah and No4 from Uri were watching some gerries drinking..

what is by the concrete well??

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young Miera!!!!!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Uri no 1 joined us (Roger?)
so all 4 of us were there

little one went and sat in a hole and mom came closer

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and gerries drank without any worries

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after mom and cub messed around amongst the flowers Miera went to investigate gerries

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she did some leopard crawling all the way up to them (sorry no pics of them together)

it was a funny sight cub looking up at gerries and they just looked down at her...

she slinked off around the water and hid in a hole again....ready to pounce on next victim...

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time was against us...we hurried back into the sunset

reaching Uri at 18h01......and were severally told that we must be in our units by gate closing time...no excuses!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Tobieo wrote:
RichardJ I am really enjoying your green trip nice pics! :thumbs_up:


Yes Tobie it certainly was green. The lower Nossob river was also much greener than Feb2010.
Rookie wrote:
beautiful report and pics RichardJ.

Does Elena still have her 5 cubs - we didn't see her in Dec :cry: but saw Lisette a couple of times. :D


Sadly the 5 cubs did not make it.
She then had another litter, of which one weak cub was reported but then it also did not make it.
So sadly 2 litters this year lost.


Thread page 43, cub is discussed

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=38&t=23054&start=630

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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22 Feb 2011

Uri back to MM

not much to pack...off early

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The obvious route was south to Rooibrak...

Quannah and Roger were already there and on their way back...

following on the opposite bank...

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 Post subject: Re: KTP February 2011, RichardJ's highlights
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Miera lay in ambush of mom

she is hiding on the left...

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and then pounce


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real mischievous cub...would have sworn it was a boy....

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