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Re: Sightings in rainy weather

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:01 pm

onewithnature wrote:unless the rain is too hard.
Not necessarily even then. You can see anything and everything in rain, no matter how hard. I've seen packs of wild dogs in torrential rain, and leopard in a downpour so heavy that it was not possible to continue driving, even though we were on a tar road.

Rain, especially hard rain, as well as thunder and lighting, make for excellent hunting conditions.

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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:49 pm

Interesting perspective, Johan. I'd say there are times you can see predators in the open, although I've mostly seen them huddling under bushes or trees, or even overhangs, when the rain torrents down. Then again, wild dogs seem to like to get out and lie in the open when the rain picks up - we experienced three hours of a wild dog pack on the S26 with rain that threatened to drown us each time we opened the window to attempt pics; and not another car that ventured out in weather apparently so foul. Interesting that you saw Prince Leopard strutting his stuff amongst the downpour; is it true that hunting opportunities increase then? :hmz:
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby Lepardfan » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:08 am

I believe it does improve hunting.

Reason for this, I watched a series of big cat diaries many years ago, and there one of the presenters mentioned that during hard rain, the prey animals turn their back towards the downcoming rain. Of course this happend, and you could see how the thompsons gazelle were turning their backsides towards the rain. Then they showed how a cheetah took full opportunity of this rainstorm coming down, and it also makes the gras more slippery.

Also I have noticed this happening on a few other nature programmes I watched.
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:50 am

Thank you for the detailed info, Lepardfan; will be driving in heavy rain from now on. :thumbs_up:
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:51 pm

onewithnature wrote:is it true that hunting opportunities increase then?
Anecdotally, I recall a night in Madikwe with thunder and lighting. The following morning every single lion pride in the reserve was found on a kill. Back then Madikwe was about 200% overstocked with lions, so there were quite a few prides around.

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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby yoda » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:55 am

I have found sightings diminish with rain.

On my last morning last week it absolutely poured down didnt see much so we headed back to camp to pack up and head to the gate to drive back to jhb.
Barely had a sighting from skukuza to melalane.
Although the rain had lightened up a bit

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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:36 am

Floodwaters? :roll:
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby sugarplum » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:32 am

I agree, we've had countless leopard sightings as well as a few lion sightings during heavy rain. For us it seems like wildogs love to appear in light rain.. Happy sightings 4 2014 ppl!
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby gwgrant » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:23 am

My wife & I had a 4 night stay in the park from the 27th to the 31st of December. It pretty much rained the entire time we were there. We stayed at Satara, Skukuza & Croc Bridge (the South of the park it terrible in season from a traffic point of view...)

We were fortunate enough to see wild dog on the H4-2, several lion sightings, a leopard on a kill, loads of hyena, rhino etc. The sightings were fantastic, however, it does make for challenging photo taking.
Unfortunately, I never got that elusive Caracal that I so badly want to see...next time, perhaps when it isn't raining :D

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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:39 am

During the rain I see water: after the rain, it's sunshine or starshine. :twisted:
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Re: What did you see during or after the rain?

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:00 am

gwgrant wrote:I never got that elusive Caracal that I so badly want to see...next time, perhaps when it isn't raining
I saw one driving up to Pafuri early November, a couple of kms south of Baobab Hill on the H1-8. First I've seen in a very long time.

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What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:55 am

We still do drives during not so heavy rain but remain on the tar roads as the gravel roads are usually closed during wet periods, we cook food on the two-plate stoves as it is too wet to braai and when it rains heavily we drink coffee sitting on the veranda’s of the Rondawels :) .
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Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rain?

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:15 pm

What did we do this past week in Kruger when it rained.........was thankful that my mom insisted that we take swimming lessons!!! :tongue:

We did travel a fair bit on the tar roads, but the roads are way to busy to my liking!

We did cook a few nights, though our neigbours still had their braai in pouring rain. Which was very amusing!!

But mostly I just sat and thought of how wonderful this rain would have been in the Kalahari!!! :wink:
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Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rain?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:35 pm

:hmz: This sound a bit like when my new running partner a few decades ago, asked me 'What do we do if it rains?'. I told him, as he wore glasses, "Wear a cap". :tongue: I'm sure he was thinking about not running, but how much rain is raining? Torrential downpour or slight drizzle, or anything in between.

Why should it be different in Kruger, unless there are flooding possibilities. The eagles won't be flying, so they will be perched on trees, and a lot of the animals shelter, so look under trees. It won't bother the crocs & hippos at waterholes.

Oh, yes, and if you ride with the windows down, wear a poncho. :wink:
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Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rain?

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:54 pm

We do much the same as when it doesn't rain, except stick to the tar roads. :dance:
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