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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:52 pm 
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Hi all buffalo aficionados,

By now you all know my fascination with big horn buffalo.

To illustrate my estimate method I am posting the below photo of a five year old buffalo bull whose horns were measured at 50” before the game auction where he was sold for a new all-out record price.

On this photo it can be seen that each horn extends close to one ear length beyond the ear’s tip – so this can be used as a reliable indicator of size when it comes to buffalo horn width.

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This is a digital copy of a photo that was published on the front page of BEELD news paper on 27-09-2011 and from the caption it can be seen that it was originally published in LANDBOUWEEKBLAD magazine.


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Saw this big fella up at Shingwedzi last week.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Beautiful Flutterby :thumbs_up: It's not just the ellies that are big up north :hmz:
Saw this guy near Punda last month :D

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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It seems to me the Buffs in central and Northern Kruger are larger than the South :)

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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On the S142, south-east of the Notomeni Pan (I stand to be corrected on the precise location) we were very privileged to witness a fight between 2 old buffalo bulls. The fight lasted all of about 10 minutes, all within 5-10m of the road. It was astonishing to not only hear but also at times feel the impacts during the fight. More astonishing still was the sight of the one bull (who ended up being the victor) flipping the other buffalo completely over onto its back! Unfortunately the pics of this did not come out well at all. Both bulls walked away with various injuries, the victor having received a horn slash just under his left eye. It was a sighting that will definitely not be easily forgotten. This happened on the 9th of April this year. Here are a small amount of pics from the fight:

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Great sighting Ranred! :clap:
Yep! these big old brutes have that look in their eye like you owe them money 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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I love buffalo's , they are so much like cows , curious , enquisitive etc .

Saw this big guy with a serious pair of horns at Klopperfontein last month .

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Roan wrote:
I think the numbers are used to monitor the different herds for bovine TB that is a serious problem in the park.
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I think you are right Roan . Also seen many animals with what appear to be white brandmarks on them .

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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A photo of a buffalo in the Sabie river close to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

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Did You Know? :hmz:
The life expectancy of a buffalo is between 15 to 20 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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A photo of a buffalo in the Sabie river close to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. On the tail of the buffalo there is an injury probably caused by lions.

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Did You Know? :hmz:
Between 6 and 9 out of 20 buffalo calfs reach adulthood.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Well sighted Leeukos :thumbs_up:

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11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Crouch , touch , pause ........


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Issi . see the round white brandmark on the tighthead's flank :whistle:

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11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Non Predator Award: Travel Tale of the Year for KNP (2012)
Photographed this fine specimen north of Letaba on the H1-6 during my June trip. He was part of a medium sized herd. For me, he has an almost perfect set of horns.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
Great sightings and images

Few of our sightings

Near Skukuza

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Near Paul Kruger gate

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Non Predator Award: Travel Tale of the Year for KNP (2012)
This buffalo bull with a very nice set of horns and boss, was photographed at Nkaya Pan during my Oct 2012 trip.

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