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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Touareg » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:17 pm

Here are 2 adult males showing affection towards each other at Craig Lockhart on 12 Dec 2012.

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:51 pm

Great sightings and images :clap:

On our way from Mata Mata to TR we follow two male Lions for 3km on the way to Rooibrak.

Do any body know why they have collars on?

Looks like two nomads,they stop may times to look back over there shoulders.

Know studies are important but the collars doesn't look good in a image ... :x

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:49 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY :dance:

Just returned from a AWESOME Kgalagadi holiday and her are Some of my lion photos

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby AstroMatt » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:23 pm

The collared two being kicked out the river bed by the naughty 4!

To set the scene. Driving south from Urikaruus we come across the two collared males resting in the riverbed. We decided to move on in search of other things.
About 2kms further down we come across first two youngish males walking up the river and then notice they are followed by two females. They can clearly smell and hear the two further up. We decide this is not to be missed so turn around and follow them up the river.
They approach the sleepers from the top of the ridge, the smaller of the two Sidey notices his stalkers first and makes a dash down the river, but Vetsak stays sleeping. Eventually the stalkers make a run at him. He bolts and the chase up the river begins. After a few 100ms they cross the road and go up and over the ridge out of sight.
At this point Sidey turns around and walks back towards where his mate disappeared, roaring a bit. At this point the pride of 4 reappear on the ridge and start perusing Sidey now. They run down the river bed for around a km or so and eventually catch him.
The following two videos were of the eventual fight.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guFKs6U8uXM&feature=youtu.be[/video]

After a while the two females caught up with them, (apologies for loss of quality but we had to change video camera due to empty batteries!)

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0UULVYYRmQ&feature=youtu.be[/video]

After the aggressors decided to take a rest Sidey moved to the other side of our car to take a rest in the shade. Eventually though he decided to move on up the river. When he moved so did the others. They chased him again up over the ridge and out of sight. We could only hear noises. We really didn't know if they were going to let him live. However, since this sighting he has been seen back with Vetsak so they did let him live.
A truly memorable encounter!
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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Thebi » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:36 pm

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I like this - the composition is brilliant and takes full advantage of the opportuinities present by the kalahari.

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby frisian » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:36 pm

first sighting on the new-year-drive in Nossob.
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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Tony T » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:13 pm

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So sad to hear of the passing of Piet Heymans. Rest easy Oom Piet. In my book he was a pioneer, a legend.
We will cherish the time we spent with him at a photo oppurtunity in the Karoo. The stories he shared will always be remembered.
Our sympathies go out to his family.

When you visit the Kgalagadi again, take a moment to look at his photo's on display.
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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:07 pm

Agree ..great sighting and images

The beautiful Male of Kij Kij with the longest main I ever seen.....

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:55 pm

One of our best Lion Pride sightings ever........

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:52 pm

Wow Lion Queen.........stunning image and moment captured!!! :clap: :clap:

Three young Males of Kij Kij..........they stay some distance from the Big Male

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:34 pm

SHELEPH, we bought our book in Twee Rivieren.

This young Male was spotted at Kousant in December 2012.

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Morkel777 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:46 pm

Agree with Jan van Wyk - the dominant male of the Kij Kij Rooiputs area is the most impressive specimen I've seen in my entire life. He is called Mufasa Jnr by Hannes Lochner.

Here are some of my photos of him captured in November 2012...

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Re: Lions Of the Kgalagadi

Unread postby SHELEPH » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:46 am

Jan van Wyk wrote:SHELEPH, we bought our book in Twee Rivieren.

This young Male was spotted at Kousant in December 2012.

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Dear Jan van Wyk
Thank you for your reply. I phoned Twee Rivieren and had no joy; no book available. Will check again in May 2013.
Beautiful pictures you have taken of the lions. WOW!
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