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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby ekoppen » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:44 pm

Yes, this pair was truly an amazing sight....great pics neilo....we must have been sitting there side by side.....only four more weeks till we're back :clap: :clap:

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[video]http://youtu.be/kCqYraH2Rcc[/video]

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Pics of different leopard sightings before I post my best leopard sighting :wink:

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Waterwatcher » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:07 pm

Here's our video of a leopard, our best ever sighting. Thanks guys for information on how to post this.[video]http://youtu.be/vV1tdO8RKbA[/video]

Our second best sighting was on the same trip of a leopard sprawled over a tree. We thought that he had just had a baboon breakfast and we watched him for some time as he lolled, yawned and looked around. A ranger arrived on a bicycle, parked it by a tree, quite oblivous to the leopard, who jumped down in double quick time and ran off. I haven't uploaded this yet, but will do so when I get the time. I tried and failed to put a photo up here, but not quite sure what went wrong.

Third best sighting was of a young leopard in a donga which we were slowly travelling through on the Mphongolo loop up near Babalala, and we ran out of film at that very moment.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:00 pm

Great sighting Waterwatcher :thumbs_up: :dance:

Waiting for the other video :popcorn:

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby DP » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:37 pm

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Top one is my favorite.
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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:03 pm

Wow! :clap:

Thanks for sharing your photos, clips and stories. Some truly fantastic sightings :thumbs_up:

Cant wait to get back to Kruger, 1 month to go :dance:

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Re: leopard eating a porcupine

Unread postby ice » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:38 pm

as promised, the prelude:

It took us quite a while to reach a good spot among all the other cars - in the end it turned out to be the ultimate spot. When we got there, the leopard was busy cleaning himself. A closer look revealed a single porcupine quilt on his right cheek - seemed like he had recently tried to catch one of these huge rodents. A few minutes later the cat got up and disappeared - or so it must have seemed for the big majority of car drivers, that's why a lot of them started their engines and left the scene. My daughter was pretty much the only one who could see that in fact the leopard had gone into one of these drainpipes underneath the road so we course stayed, hoping that it might emerge again. All of a sudden I heard bones crushing under car wheels - I honestly thought this idiot driver had caught both leopard and porcupine (btw: you can hear me swear at him - so for those sensitive motherly ears that are out there, I have learned - out there, please do not watch this clip or at least turn down the volume). In the end it was "only" the rodent he killed - however, I am extremely sure the leopard would have gotten the porcupine even without the unwanted aid, after all, he had chased the prey out onto the road.

[video]http://youtu.be/9Qr1LVaEysk[/video]

An interesting side note: a few days later a guide at Lower Sabie told me that porcupines are a delicacy both for lions and for leopards - an allegation I was later able to confirm with a look at Smithers' "Mammals of Southern Africa": in the Kalahari remains of porcupines occur in 30% of leopard scats, in Kruger 13% of all lion kills are porcupines.

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Leopard with collar

Unread postby KTM KWAGGA » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:08 pm

Is the collar not a bit tight?

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:05 pm

:hmz: first time I see a collared Leopard
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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread postby KTM KWAGGA » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:16 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Sure :D

Where did you take the pic KTM KWAGGA?


It was about 4 km from Kruger gate towards Skukuza

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:21 pm

The same Male on the tar road 2km from Paul Kruger gate

Why the collar?

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:28 pm

generaly females are collared...
to study comportment and cubs, etc...

:hmz: Gus and Margie Mill are now between Europe and Kruger... and they use to collared all the cats in Kgalagadi :wink:
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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread postby SAF » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:13 pm

This is a huge male leopard!

Saw him on the H11 & S1 junction last year.
Seen him again in my previous trip on the S3 Sabie River Road about 2km from Kruger Gate.
He was in a territorial fight with another male leopard
This guy was too big for the other leopard
He was so big he tried to climb up a high tree, went halfway up and realized he Couldn't get up and just let go
don't think a lion will chance him :D

Will post some pics of him tomorrow
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:31 am

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:31 am

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